June 30, 2014

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The Crossover You've Been Dreading---Groo Meets Conan in July!

Dark Horse Comics is doing its best to make the many sensible people upset by today's political news laugh by promising a new Groo series from the veteran team of Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones.

Now any time we get new Groo is a time to celebrate (unless you are the people who live in Groo's world, in which case, it is time to move), but this one is even better, because it's time for the clueless killer to meet the ruthless frayer, Conan the Barbarian!

Yup! With the help of artist Thomas Yeates, the trio of creators find a way to have Robert E. Howard's classic character and Evanier/Aragones' classic parody of said character show up together for an adventure they're calling "Three Swords! Two Barbarians! One Brain!"

If you're unfamiliar with Groo, first of all, shame on you. Second, he's a character that the two created to make fun of the sword and sorcery genre that, over time, came to be a biting political parody as well. Groo has taken on everything from trickle-down economics to global warming, while still attacking everything in sight. It will be interesting to see if this one has a particular topic at the edge of Evanier's verbal sword or if it will be more generally directed at comics and crossovers, which is hinted at in the preview pages Dark Horse was kind enough to send along.

Groo Vs. Conan #1 is on sale July 23rd at comic shops and the Dark Horse Comics app.

Preview pages of Conan and Groo's world mixing: