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This review is from: The Goon Volume 2: My Murderous Childhood & Other Grievous Years (New Printing) (Goon (Numbered)) (Paperback)
The world of the Goon is a simple one. Goon is a racketeer and thug but he is the hero. He punches zombies, assorted monsters, mad scientists, voodoo priests, and just about anything the creator of the series, writer and artist extraordinaire Eric Powell, can think up to throw at him.
This book is a good intro to how the Goon came to be, from his early days before the criminal world beckoned, to how he got started in organised crime, to how he came to meet his long-time partner Franky.
The tone of the stories is light hearted and fun despite the tones of horror and violence. Highlights include spontaneous combusting orang-utans, horny sea hags, pie eating skunk apes, a tribe of cannibal hobos, and a not so mad but not so savvy scientist.
Powell's artwork is nothing short of amazing - the oil covers are utterly beautiful while the line drawing in the books is top notch, as are the layouts. I know, having read later volumes before this (yes I should read these in order but so what) that his artwork becomes even better and he ends up switching to painting the comics throughout, but his work in this early book is still fantastic.
Enough superlatives! The Goon might not have a grand overarching story to it but the plenty of mini adventures and batty stories full of humour and invention are more than enough to make this a series worth checking out. "My Murderous Childhood" is a fine starting point and a great read for all comics fans.