One of my favorite shows on television would be Castle. A couple of weeks ago the “villain” dressed up as a comic book character. That is all I will really say as to the plot of the story because if you record shows like I do, you may not have watched it yet and I hate spoilers. I’ve also been known to be so far behind on shows that when I do sit down to watch, there could be four episodes waiting for me. Thus, all I will tell you is it involved comic book heroes. And, you really should watch it when you get a chance.This episode also reminded me of when I first met my husband. He collected comic books. It wasn’t a minor hobby where he went to shops and picked a few up. No, my husband ordered from the catalogue and monthly a box full of comics was delivered to the door. He kept them neatly wrapped in plastic covers and stored them away when he was finished.
Frankly, I didn’t get it. I really didn’t. I am also fairly certain he didn’t get my reading material. All it took was one trip to the bookstore and I came home with an armload (or sack full) of historical romances. We were such an exciting couple with hubby lounging with the latest comic and me curled up with a yummy romance.
While my husband never did read a romance (other than the ones I’ve written) I have read a comic. One particular caught my eye and I made him order it for me whenever there was a new issue. The main character was “Groo”. I loved reading Groo the Wanderer, and he is the furthest thing from a hero in tights, saving the world or the heroes in my books (tall, dark, handsome and sexy). In fact, the best way to describe Groo is with the definition in Wikipedia:
“Groo is an ugly large-nosed buffoon of unsurpassed stupidity who constantly misunderstands his surroundings. Possessed of superlative skills in swordsmanship (the only task at which he's remotely competent) he delights in combat but otherwise is a peaceable and remarkably honest fellow who tries to make his way through life as a mercenary or by working odd jobs. Unfortunately he is also indiscriminate in the use of his battle skills (prone to joyously leaping into any fray before attempting to ascertain the reasons for the fight, or even who is on what side) and incredibly accident-prone, and despite generally good intentions causes mass destruction wherever he goes. Most of his adventures end with him walking away oblivious to the mayhem he has wrought, or fleeing an angry mob. As a result, his penchant for destruction has become so widely known and feared that just the news of Groo approaching is sometimes enough to cause chaos when the population reacts to the impending disaster. Groo occasionally meets with respect and good fortune, but it does not last. Businesses, towns, civilizations and cultures have all been unwittingly destroyed by Groo. Such is Groo's incompetence that so much as stepping onto a ship (except in Rufferto's company) will cause it to sink. In issue 100 of the Groo series, volume 2, Groo learned how to read.”
Groo is just fun to read. I think I may just have to head out to the comic book store and see if they have any issues.
Have you ever found you like something that is so completely different than what you normally gravitate to? Are you a comic book reader? If so, who is your favorite hero? More importantly, have you ever read Groo?