Sunday, July 3, 2022

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Bucky O’Hare

The Goon Noir

Eric Powell’s Depression-era (not necessarily America’s, but somebody’s depression) zombie-thumping thug gets an all-star treatment in this anthology of tales about The Goon and his wormy sidekick Frankie. Powell and editor Matt Dryer run some fine quality-control on this one, delivering four freakishly funny tales in The Goon tradition from top-name talent spanning an all-star spectrum of comics, TV and film. Definitely not a comic to be missed, by neither Goon completists nor anyone who enjoys good humor. It might offend a few, but probably only those who could use offending.

Bucky O’Hare & The Toad Menace

A young genius fires up his photon accelerator, and rather than blowing something up, trips luckily into a parallel dimension where anthropomorphic animals battle a virulent Toad Empire for galactic independence.

This manga-format book collects the old comic form the 80s into a new size and shape, but it’s aged well. Larry Hama is a rare talent that can skip immediately from disintegrating a heroic baboon to a wisecracking kid Einstein without tripping, and it keeps the threat real while the jokes are funny. Michael Golden strikes an equally deft balance of Disney, Kirby and manga (before manga was cool, no less).

The repeated and reused panels seem to be a casualty of format conversion, which is forgivable, but it does seem to end rather abruptly.

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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