Comic Review: Groo Meets Tarzan #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

In this ‘team up’, Groo Meets Tarzan #1, it’s a multilevel “playing around” field. From Dark Horse. Sergio Aragones teams up with Mark Evanier and artist Thomas Yeates to mix […]

In this ‘team up’, Groo Meets Tarzan #1, it’s a multilevel “playing around” field. From Dark Horse.

Sergio Aragones teams up with Mark Evanier and artist Thomas Yeates to mix and match styles and stories. And it’s a fun read. From the Comic-Con world to a low-budget animal park, to the adventures of the ever unpopular Groo The Wanderer and Tarzan, we never lack for entertainment.

Aragones and Evanier put together a script that transcends each of the respective environments and tropes and manages to skate freely among the characters, knocking over cliches and stereotypes, then politely righting them again.

Yeates and Aragones (with Tom Luth on colour and Stan Sakai and Adam Pruett on letters) pack every panel with cool art. While Yeates’ take on Tarzan is 90% by the book and style guide, Aragones’ pages are virtually crammed full of pastiches, tributes, Easter Eggs, and ‘marginal’ wit.

It’s a lot of fun, highly recommended. Great summer read.

Dark Horse, Groo Meets Tarzan #1 (of 4), $3.99 for 26 pages of content.

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