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
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