[Review] Dark Horse Comics’ GROO: In the Wild TPB

PopCultHQ received a review copy of GROO: In the Wild TPB from Dark Horse Comics. which releases on March 12th in bookstores & March 13th in comic book shops.

From the hilarious mind and skillful pen of Sergio Aragonés, with scripts by Mark Evanier, colors by Carrie Strachan (Mad Magazine), and lettering by Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo)!

GROO: In the Wild TPB

Written by Sergio Aragonés & Mark Evanier
Art by Sergio Aragonés
Colors by Carrie Strachan
Letters by Stan Sakai

Cover Art by Sergio Aragonés

Genre: Superhero, Humor, Fantasy
Format: FC, 120 pages; TPB; 6 5/8″ x 10″
SRP: $22.99

Comic shop release date: 3/13/24
Bookstore release date: 3/12/24

Collects Groo: In the Wild #1-#4

Groo the Wanderer is back and stupider than ever … which is pretty stupid.

In this, his latest misadventure, he tries to figure out the dumb way human beings attempt to co-exist with animals on this planet.

And if we can’t figure out how to do that, what chance does the guy with cheese dip for brains have? 

GROO: In the Wild TPB

Gather around noble travelers and prepare for another gripping and thrilling adventure. A sword-swinging warrior and his noble canine companion are searching for excitement, daring deeds…and cheese dip. Oh wait, this is not some noble warrior of old; it is only Groo! Instead, prepare for hilarious hijinks, outrageous incidents, and the efforts of a brilliant creative team that will have you holding your sides from too much laughter. Sergio Aragonés is back at it, which means Groo is off on another adventure. So run, hide your animals and goods, and stay out of sight!


Sergio and Mark are fine writers. Both have stoked the fires of imagination with their respective works over the years. To have them tag-team on this fun and wild Groo adventure is just an absolute treat. The script is even-paced, light-hearted, and the exact sort of thing fans of this hilarious wandering fool have come to expect over the years. 


Sergio Aragonés’ artwork is legendary. His masterful use of cartoon-style illustrations, eye for detail, and gorgeous layouts have made him a household name. Whenever I pick up any book that Sergio has worked on, whether as a writer and artist or just doing the art, I always know that it will bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart. Another A+ effort from Sergio. 


Carrie Strachan has worked on many incredible projects over the years as a colorist, so it is no surprise that her contribution to this latest Groo misadventure was downright dynamite. All the color selections for this TPB were vivid and excellent, not only for Groo and Rufferto but for the world where this story takes place—a tip of the cap to Carrie for her superb effort as the colorist. 


Stan Sakai is one of the most excellent creative personalities in comics. His artful and engaging works have made him a household name for fans everywhere. Knowing he has been lettering Groo comics all these years is a great comfort. It means that for as long as Sergio and Mark produce Groo books, Stan will continue to letter them to the best of his abilities. 

Overall Assessment:

For over 40 years, Groo the Wanderer has been making audiences laugh. Thanks to the fertile, creative mind of Sergio Aragonés, Groo and Rufferto have gone on many adventures and encountered many wild things along the way. And these two dear friends overcome adversity every time with their usual brand of bumbling brilliance. This latest Groo book is another notch on Sergio’s belt, alongside the efforts of Mark, Carrie and Stan. Whatever you do, please make a point to pick up this TPB. It will have you giggling in minutes. 

PopCultHQ Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

About Dark Horse Comics:

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics is an excellent example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and transform a company with humble beginnings into an industry giant. Under a new partnership with Vanguard Visionary Associates, Dark Horse is positioned to further expand its reach globally with publishing, products, and filmed entertainment. Over the years, Dark Horse has published the work of creative legends such as Yoshitaka Amano, Margaret Atwood, Paul Chadwick, Geof Darrow, Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Faith Erin Hicks, Kazuo Koike, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Moebius, Chuck Palahniuk, Wendy Pini, and Gerard Way. In addition, Dark Horse has a long tradition of establishing exciting new creative talent throughout all of its divisions. The company has also set the industry standard for quality licensed comics, graphic novels, collectibles, and art books, including Aliens, Stranger Things, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Predator, Minecraft, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Dragon Age, James Cameron’s Avatar, Game of Thrones, Mass Effect, StarCraft, The Witcher, and Halo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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