Goon is a criminal and a thug but he is also the hero. He fights zombies, assorted monsters, mad scientists, voodoo priests, and just about anything the creator of the series, writer and artist Eric Powell, can think up to throw at him. This book is a good introduction to how the Goon came to be, from his early days before the criminal world beckoned, to how he got started in organized crime, to how he came to meet his long-time partner Franky.
This is a vulgar, violent, crude, inexplicably satisfying book.
If you liked the Hellboy comics, you’ll like this. I’d definitely say this is more teenage boy, not teenage girl. It is really funny and a pretty cool comic. I actually got started on Volume 2 as well, because my library doesn’t have volume 1. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have read the first one to understand Goon and Franky. I got through the whole book without realizing it was the second one. If you like this, you should probably read the Atomic Robo series or Hellboy, if you haven’t read that.
1) The tone of this book was awesome. It conflicts a lot, but only because the tone is fun despite the tones of underlying violence and horror. It isn’t scary, it’s still horror though. One thing I don’t like about stories like these is that they kind of create scenes where you want to see what happens to a minor character but they don’t come back to that character. The exact same thing happens in Atomic Robo.
2) Eric Powell’s art. I hate it when I find a graphic novel or comic that I want to read, and the story is so cool, but the whole time I’m just sitting there distracted by how much I hate the art. Some people though, they never make me hate their art. Eric Powell, Derek Kirk Kim, Mike Mignola, Kazu Kibuishi, Bill Watterson and Gene Luen Yang are some of these people who I just love their art. In fact, the whole time I’m distracted by how much I love the art and it takes me twice as long to read the dang book because I keep going back a page so I can read the caption again and look at the art again and laugh again. It’s actually quite a fun process.
3) The characters. I love so much about Goon and Franky. As tough as Goon is, he’s still always looking out for the little guy. The change in Franky really is hilarious, and the action scenes with the both of them are so well done. Even though spiders and I are on neutral terms right now, I really liked Spider.
I’d say four stars. Just be warned this book is for older kids, not younger kids. pg count for the paperback: 128