Sunday, July 3, 2022

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Eric Powell's breakthrough series The Goon gets the star treatment in the hardcover Fancy Pants Edition. ComicBase Columnist Brendan McGinley reviews.


The Goon: Fancy Pants Edition

The Goon doesn’t easily fit in one genre or another, and this hardcover collection is a perfect example of why.

The funniest comic to see print in years also tells some pretty heart-ripping tales of abandonment, desolation and cursed despair. Take the five best years Universal Pictures ever had before World War II, put them together, and you might get the pastiche that is The Goon.

While other mishmash experiments frequently reek of “It’s Charlie’s Angels plus Kangaroo Jack as filtered through Blue Devil!” skull sessions, writer/artist Eric Powell’s masterful work is many facets of the same gem. That gem just happens to be the tale of a Prohibition-era thug in a world overrun by monsters, magicians and metallic, mad scientists.

Here, Powell reconfigures a number of issues from their original publishing order to create a linear storyline of the Goon’s chronology.

Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.

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