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“THE GOON: THEATRE BIZARRE” (Comic Book Review)

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Ah, Halloween. Is there any other word more loved by the horror fanatic? There’s colorful costumes, haunted houses, candy induced comas, and, of course, an endless month of horror movies on TV. With all the spooky merriment in the air, our friends in the comic world would be foolish not to join the fun, starting with Dark Horse’s one-shot THE GOON: THEATRE BIZARRE. Written and drawn by the series founder Eric Powell, we follow the Goon as he stumbles onto a circus run by a legion of the damned. An excellent addition to an already incredible series, the work is a great little side story for fans new and old.

Our tale of the strange begins with the Goon and Franky following a traveling circus with a kid in a homemade mask as a passenger. Looking for some Halloween fun, they plan to spend the night at Detroit when they come upon a whole different kind of circus. Called the Theatre Bizarre, the strange attraction is staffed with oddly shaped ghouls and clowns with X’s for eyes. Of course, this isn’t Goon’s first spin with the weird, and he and Franky barely seem to notice the odd creatures, or that they’re the only things remotely resembling humans. While they explore the grounds, looking for a good dose of thrills and chills while delivering on a Halloween promise to their teeny weeny passenger, an old enemy waits in the shadows to pounce, one that’s waited a long time to get out of her contract to the theater.

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This comic is exactly what you would expect from Eric Powell. An “olde timey” tale of ghosts and monsters with heavy doses of punching said monsters while insulting said monsters. Barely dressed ladies and just the right amount of twinkling lights round out the work, creating a satisfying read great for relaxing in the cemetery. Powell uses his talent for fast talking and quick action to create a perfectly paced work which doesn’t give up until it slams you into the last page like a car with no brakes.

Also, if you dig the comic, you can visit the actual Theatre Bizarre the comic is based off. The passion project of artist John Dunivant, the Theater is located in Detroit, Michigan and is billed as ‘a masquerade spectacular.’ The show is filled to the brim with dazzling acts and classic circus sideshows and promises to provide a night of entertainment not seen since your grandpappies day. Unfortunately, tickets for 2015 are sold out, but you can always spend the night reading comics instead!

About the author
Svetlana Fedotov http://facebook.com/vladkicksass
Svetlana Fedotov hails from the wild woods of the Pacific Northwest. She loves horror and comic books, and does her best to combine those two together at any cost. She also writes for the horror site Brutal as Hell and sometimes for the magazine Delirium. Svetlana has recently released her first novel, Guts and Glory, under the pen name S.V. Fedotov on Amazon digital.
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