Comics Review: 'The Goon' leaves readers wanting more
“The Goon” is a series from writer Eric Powell that blends horror, humor and crime into a bold and compulsively readable mixture.
Each issue tells a story that takes place in the world of the Goon and his sidekick Franky, a world in which various paranormal and undead monsters not only exist but are involved in organized crime.
“The Goon” #41, which was released Wednesday by Dark Horse Comics, continues Powell’s winning streak on the series with two stories.
The first is a horrific, bloody tale of Goon’s main adversary, the Zombie Priest, as he uses his witchcraft to grant unwitting townspeople their wishes — ultimately leading to their demise. The story has more horrific elements when contrasted with previous issues.
The second half of the issue is more typical of an average “Goon” story, infusing crime, horror and lowbrow comedy to great effect. Mark Buckingham's black-and-white art completes the atmosphere, giving the story a retro “Tales from the Crypt” horror feel.
Powell’s art is the highly-cartoonish, exaggerated style with which regular “Goon” readers are familiar. Bill Farmer's and Powell's earthy colors ground the exaggerated art and provides an atmosphere of gloom and foreboding to the overall plot.
“The Goon” is a hilarious, horrifying series which always seems to leave the reader wanting more — practically the only negative thing that can be said about "The Goon" #41.
Tony Beaulieu is a film and media studies junior.