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Review: The Goon #2

The Goon #2

The Goon #2 delivers the fun, humor, and action, I expect from this series. I’ve read The Goon off and on for years. It’s one of those few series that I really can’t think of any issues or graphic novels I’ve disliked. It’s a series that entertains with each release. This latest volume keeps up that record. The second issue shows off the insane mix of horror and comedy that makes this a beloved series.

For those that don’t know The Goon, the best description is a comedy horror version of Popeye. That’s a good thing. The series, and its creator Eric Powell, have consistently delivered a read that takes that fun action element of Popeye and mix it with a horror infused world and it really works. Add in art that’s out of this world and it’s a killer combo of a series that shouldn’t be missed.

The first issue was a nice return for the character and this second one ups the fighting, and jokes, we’d expect as our two heroes attempt to get settled back in. As the first issue showed, the Goon’s return to Lonely Street is off to a bumpy start. Their return gets bumpier when he crosses paths with up and coming crime lord Vinnie Nosferatu.

If the action and humor weren’t enough, the art is out of this world. Rachel Cohen joins Powell on color and their teamwork is amazing. The Goon #2‘s art features a style that isn’t repeated by anyone else. The limited use of color brilliantly emphasizes certain elements. The issue seamlessly transitions from pencil like flashbacks to its more usual style that’s almost classical animation.

The Goon #2 has it all, and that includes a Looney Tunes like homage. The Goon for me is one of the most fun comics out there. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. Powell is a master of mixing elements so that it all works out so well. Two issues in and I’m still in love with this series. It’s not too late to dive in and see what you’re missing and why this is so good.

Story: Eric Powell Art: Eric Powell
Color: Rachel Cohen and Eric Powell
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Albatross Funnybooks provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Angel Gets a Legacy Edition

BOOM! Studios has announced a new graphic novel program collecting out-of-print and rare stories officially continuing the world of Joss Whedon’s hit television series Angel. Beginning with Angel: Legacy Edition Book One in October 2019, BOOM! Studios will collect every issue of Angel from previous publishers in chronological order, including hard to find and out of print stories in the value-priced Legacy Edition format.

Set during Season 1 and Season 2 of the Angel television series, Angel Investigations is dedicated to its mission of helping the helpless…and putting a stop to a seemingly never-ending demon horde intent on destroying first Hollywood, and then the world! This volume features works by the Emmy Award-winning writer of Angel David FuryNew York Times Best-Selling author Christopher Golden, and five-time Eisner Award-winning artist Eric Powell, and is a must-have for long time fans and new readers alike!

Angel: Legacy Edition Book One features an all-new cover by Nimit Malavia.

Angel: Legacy Edition Book One

Get a Load of The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell this October

BOOM! Studios has announced The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell, a brand new art book with scandalous tales, family gossip, illegally obtained medical records, behind-the-scenes character designs, sketches, and illustrations from the twisted mind of the creator of the acclaimed series, The Goon, available in stores October 2019. Celebrate an obscene number of years of low art and high art, failure and success, and the many other mistakes of multi-award winning writer and artist Eric Powell!

In Nashville, Tennessee lives a man, a recluse, a curmudgeonly high falutin’ cartoonist-type who, as a young child, had a penchant for drawing and making up tall tales. It was at the tender age of 18, he turned his back on a promising career in adult film cinematography and followed his heart into the comic book industry. Out of desperation, Eric kept drawing, painting, and then creating his own characters and worlds culminating with the beloved series, The Goon, currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell sheds light on the deliberate and painstaking process of becoming a world renowned comic book creator as recalled by the artist and a few of his delinquent friends. This extensive art book spotlights never-before-seen childhood drawings, early superhero test pages, film poster art, and the establishment of Powell’s homegrown publishing house Albatross (Exploding) Funnybooks. 

Eric Powell is an Eisner Award-winning writer and artist best known for his critically acclaimed series The Goon, which launched in 1999, and quickly became an indie hit with a die-hard cult following. In 2002, Powell launched his own publishing house, Albatross Exploding Funnybooks, which has been home to several creator-owned titles, including his own series Chimichanga and Hillbilly, as well as Rebecca Sugar’s Pug Davis, Fabian Rangel Jr. and Logan Faerber’s weird war tale ’Namwolf, and Brendon Small’s Galaktikon. In 2019, Powell relaunched The Goon at Albatross in coordination with the book’s 20th anniversary.

The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell will be available for sale October 23, 2019 at local comic book shops and October 29, 2019 at bookstores.

The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell

Review: The Goon #1

The Goon #1

The next era in the legacy of The Goon starts here! This all new series marks The Goon’s return to Albatross Funnybooks and is just in time to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the book. Eric Powell takes the series to its humor-based roots as Goon & Franky return from strange adventures abroad to find a horde of unsavory characters have filled the void left in his absence from Lonely Street.

I won’t pretend to be an expert on the Goon, because I have never read a comic with the character in it before. So with that being said, the question for today’s review is whether this first issue is an easy place for new readers to start with the character (and whether it’s actually any good).

I won’t make you wait for an answer to that, because the comic didn’t leave me feeling utterly lost, which in turn meant I quite enjoyed the supernatural aspect of the story (which came as a bit of a surprise to me, I’ve gotta say).

Written and drawn by Eric Powell, who also contributed to the colouring of the book along with Rachael Cohen, The Goon #1 tells a very atmospheric story in a world that feels as though there’s a rich history – but that never relies on new readers knowing that history. Previous events are referred to in passing which helps in fleshing out the characters relationships, but also serves as a way to recap or give readers an idea to what the Goon has been up to – and for how long he’s been away.

The story is almost a standalone comic, with an almost complete tale being told in the first issue that has a strangely satisfying conclusion as the Goon reestablishes himself in the Town With No Name. It’s darkly funny at times, eliciting genuine chuckles from your humble reviewer at the visual and verbal comedy. But it’s the deeply atmospheric art where the comic shines; or rather doesn’t shine, but excels. Powell and Cohen have produced a comic that feels at once like a visual representation of the depression era (although I don’t know when the tale is set, based on the costumes and colouring I felt it was very likely a depression-era story), with the odd splash of colour temporarily brightening the page, or used to highlight certain things.

I don’t know what I expected when coming into The Goon #1 but it certainly wasn’t this – I loved the supernatural tinged depression era story that never once left me feeling as though I was jumping into a story 20 years in the making with no idea of who the Goon is (although I totally am). The Goon #1 is the kind of comic you can read without any preconceived notions, nor any need to worry about understanding the rules of the universe – it’s fun, entertaining, and offers the reader a great example of good comics.

Writer: Eric Powell Art: Eric Powell
Colours: Rachael Cohen and Eric Powell
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Albatross Funnybooks provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Goon #1

The Goon #1

(W) Eric Powell (A/CA) Eric Powell
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The next era in the legacy of The Goon starts here! This all new series marks The Goon’s return to Albatross Funnybooks and is just in time to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the book. Eric Powell takes the series to its humor-based roots as Goon & Franky return from strange adventures abroad to find a horde of unsavory characters have filled the void left in his absence from Lonely Street.

West End Motel Joins Steve Agee, Brendon Small, Ben Garant, and Eric Powell for the Goon 20th Anniversary Party

The Goon

On March 8, 2019, the Cannery Ballroom One in Nashville, Tennessee will host The Goon 20th Anniversary Party, a star-studded celebration of two decades of award-winning GOON comic books by Nashville native Eric Powell. The event will feature a live recording of Steve Agee’s Uhhh podcast, with host Steve Agee guests Brendon Small, Ben Garant, and The Goon creator Eric Powell, as well as a performance by special musical guest West End Motel, featuring Brent Hinds and Tom Cheshire. Advance tickets can be purchased now.

For almost two decades, the Goon’s whiskey-fueled adventures have thrilled fans, critics, and creators with their bold creativity, classic style, and irreverent humor. The Goon 20th Anniversary Party is timed to Albatross Funnybooks’ highly anticipated publication of The Goon #1, and attendees will be able to purchase an exclusive 20th Anniversary variant edition which will only be available at the party. The new series features the first full length Goon stories to be published since Dark Horse published The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time comics in 2015. The event kicks off a year-long, 20th Anniversary celebration featuring a national signing tour, Albatross Funnybooks’ collected editions of classic GOON graphic novels, limited edition GOON tiki mugs and more.

The Goon 20th Anniversary Party will be held on on March 8, 2019 at Cannery Ballroom One Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets cost $15. The Goon 20th Anniversary Party edition of The Goon # 1 will be sold at the event for $10.00.

The Goon 20th Anniversary Party

It’s Grumble Vs. The Good for Free Comic Book Day

Award-winning cartoonist Eric Powell’s Albatross Funnybooks will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Goon with its first ever Free Comic Book Day title in 2019. Grumble vs The Goon is a side-splitting, full color one shot co-written by Powell and Rafer Roberts and illustrated by Powell and Battle Pug creator Mike Norton.

Here, for the first time ever, The Goon and his pal Franky will meet Tala and Eddie, from the pages of Grumble, in an interdimensional adventure, chock full of death, mayhem… and dog catching.

In Grumble vs the Goon, Tala and Eddie think it might be a good idea to go dimension hopping when they find death incarnate hot on their heels. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when they land in the world of The Goon. And Franky, the newly appointed dog catcher, don’t like talkin’ mutts that give him the sass!

Grumble vs the Goon features a cover by Powell, and will be available at participating comic book stores on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 4th, 2019.

The publication of Grumble vs the Goon is part of a year long celebration of The Goon’s 20th anniversary. The anniversary festivities kick off in earnest on March 13th, 2019, when Albatross Funnybooks will publish The Goon issue 1, featuring all new stories. The Goon #1 Standard Edition features an Eric Powell cover and will retail for $3.99. The Goon #1 Special Edition features a cover by legendary artist Kevin Nowlan and will retail for $5.99. In the character’s  debut with Albatross Funnybooks, Powell takes the series to its humor based roots as Goon & Franky return from strange adventures abroad to find a horde of unsavory characters who have filled the void left in their absence from Lonely Street. For this new run of stories, Powell will be joined on Albatross Funnybooks’ The Goon by several acclaimed creators.

Grumble vs The Goon Gree Comic Book Day
The Goon #1
The Goon #1

Preview: Barbarella #11

Barbarella #11

writer: Mike Carey
artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Eric Powell (A), Ryan Browne (B), Kyle Strahm (C), Ediano Silva (D), Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
Eric Powell (RI-Virgin), Kyle Strahm (RI-B/W),Ryan Browne (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

In the red corner: a titanic space armada with the last word in planet-busting weaponry. And facing them: the Esseverine, a peaceful people with no technology or tools at all. Nothing. Not even a pointy stick. But they do have Barbarella. Place your bets!

All New Goon from Eric Powell and Albatross Funnybooks in 2019

In 2019, award-winning cartoonist Eric Powell and his publishing company Albatross Funnybooks will debut an all new Goon comic book series, featuring never-before-published stories. For almost two decades, the Goon’s whiskey fueled adventures have thrilled fans, critics, and creators with their bold creativity, classic style,and irreverent humor. When Albatross Funnybooks debuts The Goon #1 next spring, it will mark the first new Goon stories to be published since Dark Horse published The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time comics in 2015, and it will kick off a year-long, 20th anniversary celebration featuring a national signing tour, Albatross Funnybooks’ collected editions of classic Goon graphic novels, limited edition Goon tiki mugs and more.

For this new run of stories, Powell will be joined by several acclaimed creators. The need to do so is to make sure the comic comes out on a regular basis. There’ll be some comics written and drawn by Powell and some written and drawn by other comic creators with announcements to come.

 

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