Review – The Goon #38 – The True Life Story of Kizzie: The Iron Maiden!

By: Eric Powell
Colors: Dan Stewart
Published By: Dark Horse

If you read my review of The Goon #37 it should come as no surprise that I think Eric Powell’s work is beyond amazing. I always have trouble writing Goon reviews because each issue is both simple and complex at the same time and it becomes difficult to actually express the greatness contained within them. With this review I decided that it just needs to be acknowledged that I am not unbiased when it comes to The Goon or anything Eric Powell does. In my eyes he can do no wrong but I do believe that it is an earned bias. Eric Powell has proven over and over again, whether through The Goon, Chimichanga or any other projects he works on, that fangirling out is warranted. This issue is no exception, it is touching, infuriating and quite frankly, it made me cry. Often times, Powell manages to use very few words and convey feelings of sadness that are so heartbreaking the reader really feels that pain. This is not an easy feat, although Powell makes it seem effortless.

The Goon #38 tells the story of a young girl, Kizzie, who is picked on in school, but in her own way seems above it all. Her older brother Rooney attempts to defend her but unfortunately things go awry and a bigger mess occurs. Kizzie is a good girl with big dreams trapped in a small town. With naysayers trying to determine the course her life will take, she decides to follow her own path with a traveling carnival. We are taken on a journey through many important events in Kizzie’s life including love, loss and resilience in the face of adversity. In an effort to not spoil this issue (because truthfully one needs to read it to really get its full impact) I will just say that Kizzie is a very important person to the Goon and the final panel in the issue is very poignant and emotional.

If you are not reading The Goon you are really missing out on something very special. I can say without hesitation that every issue is amazing, including this one. Even though there are continuing stories and character development, it is very easy to jump in, understand and enjoy any issue. The art is fabulous, as each character’s feelings are conveyed perfectly and with precision. This issue is dedicated to Powell’s Grandma so how could you say no? Go to your local comic book store, pray they have back issues and then pre-order this one, you won’t regret it!

Release Date: March 7th, 2012

Links: The Goon 38 Preview | Pre-Order The Goon 38

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

Review – The Goon #36

Story & Art By: Eric Powell
Colors By: Dave Stewart
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue features real life Queen Of Burlesque, Roxi Dlite and her not so real life “handler” Abercrombie.  We find them escaping from trouble, looking for a new place to cause even more trouble.  Where do they land? Well, the Goon’s hood of course!  Roxi, an entrepreneur, decides to stay awhile and make some fast cash.  Meanwhile, The Goon and Franky are getting into their own predicaments, (along with some awesome disguises), Franky, in an incident involving an old woman and The Goon with his big punches.  Eventually all of their paths cross and mayhem ensues.  Franky falls in love which only complicates things as he gets drawn in by a fake menage á trois, being duped it’s all up to The Goon to save the day.  Saving the day, Franky and everything else is just what The Goon does and scores some ladies to boot.

The Goon #36 is really great and well worth reading.  What is really great about these comics is that even if you are new to the series you are really able to jump right in and enjoy the story.  It’s rare in comics for this to happen.  Even though there are constant themes and storylines continuing from one issue to the next they are not so complicated that you can’t get the jist reading for the first time.  The characters , art and dialog are phenomenal.  This issue gets you looking forward to the next and hopefully the movie that is to be adapted from the series.  If you love The Goon you will love this issue, if you have never read The Goon this issue is a great place to start!

Release Date: November 2nd, 2011

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