To those of you out there who thought that DC Comics’ “New 52” initiative was a crime against the sensibilities of comic books… to those of you who miss the days when Marvel Comics’ characters didn’t look like the actors portraying them in movies… this month’s issue of “The Goon” is for you.
Published by Dark Horse, Eric Powell’s creator-owned book marries the genres of underworld fiction and supernatural fiction. Think “On The Waterfront” … if it were directed by George Romero or Roger Corman.
In the 39th issue of his title, however, Powell takes a break from his usual story-telling to fire a shot directly at the “Big Two” of comics for the constant tweaks, twists and re-imaginings of characters and their backgrounds.
You’ve got to sympathize with talents like Powell within the industry. It’s hard enough to get a creator-owned book off the ground, much less make it economically viable. And, despite the outcry of purists and fanboys, sales at DC Comics have taken a big leap since their wholesale reboot of the entire superhero line.
Powell thumbs his nose at the major industry trends with this latest issue, and showcases his skills for satire and parody in the process. It probably won’t win him any friends in the executive offices of the major publishers, but the resulting product is strong. Powell has produced a truly funny script with several genuine laughs as he lampoons the industry. A certain series of titles that centers around certain ornamental finger jewelry and lighting devices get particularly hammered in this take-no-prisoners approach.
And then… there is page 20. That’s all I’m going to say.
I’m a writer not an artist so I typically find myself paying more attention to the story than any other element. That said, the art is strong in this issue—then again I’ve never seen a Goon issue with BAD art. (Last month’s, which delved into the backstory of the Goon’s aunt, was gorgeous.) And while it’s used in a sarcastic manner, the bright color palette is an eye-catching change from the more subdued hues that typify a Goon issue.
All in all, this issue is definitely worth picking up this week.
Final Verdict: GET IT.
OTHER NEW RELEASES FROM DARK HORSE, AVAILABLE TODAY!
Angel & Faith #9
BRPD Hell On Earth: Pickens County Horror #2
King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword #4
Mass Effect: Homeworlds #1
Star Wars: Blood Ties—Boba Fett Is Dead #1
Star Wars: Crimson Empire III—Empire Lost #6
Star Wars: Dark Times—Out of the Wilderness #5
Also, keep an eye out for the Volume 3 TPB from Star Wars: Invasion, titled Revelations.