Review – Goon #40

By: Eric Powell
Published By: Dark Horse

Hot rods, booze and broads are just a little bit of what this issue of The Goon contains. The story is broken up into 3 different parts. We begin with a story about prohibition and how Goon and Franky made a couple bucks off of it. Gettin’ into some trouble along the way is just par for the course and they have to take some drastic measures to clean up some messes. The middle section continues with the Goon and Franky meeting up with a down and dirty family, the Boyles, who are also peddling their own brand of moonshine. The Boyles are displeased (to say the least) that the Goon is taking away business from them and cutting in on their profits. After many attempts, the Boyle clan comes up with a plan to wipe Goon and Franky off the map and a battle royale takes place between Franky and the patriarch of the Boyles, Papa Grits. Well, that is until an unexpected “guest” show up and proposes (demands) a different contest to determine the winner. The final part of the story obviously concludes the saga and ends with an awesome homage to Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and his artwork.

Like usual, this issue is solid. It’s funny and tells a great story in a very unique way. Eric Powell’s writing and art are amazing and the characters are stellar. The Goon is perfection and each issue is ridiculous (in the best way possible of course). Powell continues to come up with fabulous stories and innovative ways of telling them. There’s not much more to say, it’s great, go buy it, read it and I promise you that one issue is all you need to read to become hooked on the entire series!

Release Date: July 25th, 2012

Links: Preview | Purchase (Digital) | Purchase (Paper)

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

WonderCon 2012 – Eric Powell Panel

Today, WonderCon attendees had the opportunity to meet with Eisner winning author and all-around good guy, Eric Powell and Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters collaborator Tracy Marsh. Powell began his panel today at WonderCon by eating pie (which I am sad to report was apparently not very good), swapping personal stories and playing a game of Eric Powell trivia with the crowd. He didn’t really have any news on the upcoming (hopefully) Goon movie aside from the fact that it’s still a go with David Fincher and Blur however financing is still a problem. Eric did seem optimistic about this though so that’s something us Goon fans can cling to. He also reported that a Goon mask ($59.99) will be coming out soon and he was able to show us a picture. Eric did talk about an upcoming project but was unable to tell us anything about it other than that he promises it will be “awesome.” (and thus better than pie!). Despite his inability to share Goon related details with the crowd, Eric did discuss his thoughts on the trajectory of the comic industry and his life with a roller derby girl. Throughout the panel, Eric commented on how technological glitches and health and safety concerns over sharing pie with the audience “ruined” the panel, but Eric’s accessibility during the panel and at his booth (where I was super excited about him signing some comics from my Powell collection!) allowed us to learn a little more about the kind of motivated, grounded, fireworks (he spent $600 on em’) loving person he is!

Links: The Goon Mask | The Goon Movie Petition

Review – Criminal Macabre & The Goon: When Freaks Collide One-Shot

Criminal Macabre & The Goon: When Freaks Collide One-Shot
Story: Steve Niles
Farts and Negativity: Eric Powell
Art: Christopher Mitten
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Fiona Staples
Variant Cover: Eric Powell
Published By: Dark Horse

I cannot express the excitement I had when I saw that Criminal Macabre and The Goon worlds were colliding.  I’m new to Criminal Macabre and Cal McDonald but I have read The Goon for a very long time.  The prospect of Cal and Goon coming together got me so far beyond excited, however, I had to contain myself.  What if they didn’t mesh, what if my expectations were too high?  So I went into reading this with no preconceived ideas and let the comic sway me whichever way it was going to.

What happens when you put together two very sarcastic, violent anti-heroes?  You get a really kick ass comic, that’s what you get!  The Goon and Cal (and Mo and Franky) come together under false pretenses and have to find a way out of their predicament. How would these two do this? Sit down and have a reasonable conversation with the bad guys?  Perhaps they would run away? No, they will do what they do so well, fight, and fight they do, side by side.

The dialog is light, but there are some extremely funny interactions that make us privy to Goon’s T.V. preferences (who would have known)!  The art is fantastic. Christopher Mitten is excellent in capturing the essence of both Criminal Macabre and The Goon.  There is a really unexpected and cool surprise at the end and it seems that there is a potential for more to come.  Hopefully, there are more of these collaborations in our future because it was really entertaining and these two would make great partners.  I highly recommend this comic and can’t wait for more (hopefully!!).

Release Date: July 20, 2011

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Farts & Negativity:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★☆