Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Saturday, December 24, 2005

The Goon #15

Ah it's always a good week when a new issue of Eric Powell's The Goon hits the stands. #15 drags a bit but it's plenty good... And the letter pages in this issue are alone worth the price of admission (more on that later).

If you've been around here a while, you'll note that i've said it 100 times before but this guy Powell has a gift for comedy in comic books. That's high Eisner-worthy praise these days where most "funny" books feel forced, corny, or downright "un"funny to me. Throw in a horror genre twist and one of the most memorable casts you can possibly imagine, and you've got one of the BEST titles i've read since my relapse back into comic-dom.

So what's the Goon all about? That's a very difficult question to answer my friend. We've got a story about a knuckle-busting thug who has gone from ashy to classy (R.I.P. Biggie), starting out as an orphaned kid who becomes the head of a mob-ish crime family (the Labrazio's). Sounds simple enough right? It is; until you throw in the fact that Mr. Goon's nemesis is a nameless (turns out that's an important detail) man priest who's actively resurecting the dead into a zombie army. Throw in a mad scientist with metal skin and a robot bodyguard, a werewolf, Frankie the sidekick, Buzzard (the used-to-be sheriff), Spider (the... spider), a mexican horny toad chupacabras, and Norton's Pub and... man you had to be there.

Anyways - about issue #15. The story in this issue isn't much to write home about - let's just say Goon and Frankie help bail Norton (and his mom) out of an a debt owed back in the "old country" with brains instead of brawn for once. But the real sweetness here is in the hilarious letter pages.

An ex-fan writes in and slams Powell for snubbing him w/ a couple grunts and a lot of attitude at a comic-con. That letter (and Powell's response) by itself is hilarious, but then Powell gets a ton of writers from around the industry (Oeming, Busiek, Niles, etc.) to write in letters crushing him, his attitude, and quirks (most make believe i hope but still...). I was laughing my arse off for a long, long while reading these... B (A after i read the letter pages).

It was all over when...

PS - Powell's colored-pencil art is so friggin' good now. Blows his earlier stuff away my friends...


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In no particular order:

Criminal, The Goon, Daredevil, Exterminators, Punisher, Hellboy/B.P.R.D (All), Powers, Godland, Usagi Yojimbo, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Conan, Ex Machina, DMZ, Desolation Jones, Fell, 100 Bullets, All-Star Superman, Ultimates 2, Loveless, and Fear Agent.

I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

I love the outdoors and bs'ing around w/ my dogs.

In addition to being a comics junkie, i'm also a sports junkie especially when it comes to the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys.

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