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Tremendously entertaining, THE GOON #34 (Dark Horse Comics)
is a highly enjoyable blend of pulp horror and slapstick comedy. The Goon, a
muscle man with a scarred face, unexpectedly encounters a clan of Sparkly
Vampires. While he takes on the entire gang, a demonic child has arrived at an
orphanage. Does Goon have time to teach these Sparkly Vamps a lesson in
toughness and save the innocent children? Definitely well worth your attention,
you just can’t say “no” to buying this edition.
The hilarious opening prologue is reason alone to grab THE
GOON #34. While walking across the street, Goon and his wisecracking sidekick,
Frankie, unexpectedly run into a vampire gang. Each member of the group is
anxious to use their baseball bats and start bashing people’s heads in. Before
getting into action, these Sparkly Vampires drown themselves in glitter. And
then, the Goon lays down a mighty beating, one that is heralded through the
ages for its ferocity and magnitude.
Elsewhere, a little girl in chains and handcuffs is
delivered by the police to the local orphanage. This abandoned child is eerily
quiet throughout the day. When nighttime arrives, this blonde-haired girl
suddenly transforms into a flesh-eating demon. There is only one person who can
help them now. At the worst time, the Goon is too drunk at Norton’s Pub and can
barely stand up on his own feet.
While struggling to sober up, Goon stumbles into the battle
of a lifetime. The demon already has a taste for innocent children. The all-out
brawl takes Goon and the demon from the inside of the orphanage to a nearby
cemetery. Even though he doesn’t realize what’s going on, Goon is fighting for
the orphans, who are all counting on him.
As a storyteller, author and creator Eric Powell (GODZILLA:
KINGDOM OF MONSTERS) hits his mark every time with his comedic notes. At his
best, Powell gives the orphans so much personality and tons of witty
one-liners. The story’s point of view is directly from the orphans, who are
disappointed by all the adults around them. Interestingly, it’s these children who see past Goon’s
faults and take him seriously as their hero.
Powell’s artwork, enhanced by Dave Stewart’s colors, is
wonderfully cartoony. The Sparkly Vampires are such a gleeful homage to the
unforgettable cult classic, THE WARRIORS. Their outfits are a funny tribute to
the Furies, the film’s baseball gang. Even though the orphans only have black
circles for eyeballs, their faces are just amazingly expressive. The climactic
confrontation between the demon child and Goon is amusingly action-packed.
Smartly written and terrifically drawn, THE GOON #34 is a
must-have. This is the perfect issue for any new reader to jump in. Longtime
fans have been waiting anxiously for a new GOON issue, and they will not be
disappointed. You can definitely see Powell’s outstanding humor right in these
pages. Learn why a drunk Goon is better than no Goon at all! Don’t miss out on
all the fun!
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