THE GOON - Guest Review
by Mark Lamotte
If most of you are like me, you've heard a lot of good things about the Goon...maybe you had seen some of Eric Powell's artwork and thought it looked cool...but you still never took the time to read THE GOON. By all that is holy, get those lazy posteriors out there and get yourself a copy of the Fancy Pants Edition.
The package itself is a great deal alone. For the simple price of $24.95, you get a hard cover, signed collection of six Goon stories along with a slipcover that contains the funniest author bio I have ever read. Not a bad deal.
Now for the meat and potatoes...I love this book. If you're a fan of the old EC horror comics, period comics, sunday funnies or if you just want to see someone beat the crap out of something then this book is for you. Re-edited here for the first time, you get to see the title character's tragic and horrific history in chronological order. You find out how he met his "Orphan Annie-Eyed" sidekick Frankie. You also learn some very important life lessons as well. For example:
1. Rotting zombie flesh tastes like chicken (just make sure you cook it first).
2. Orangutans can burst into flames at a moments notice.
3. If you happen to meet a certain '60's folk legend on the street and he's surrounded by a group of Hobos...run like Hell!!
This ends my review. If you like humor, horror and senseless violence in your comics, do yourself a favor and check it out.
(ED. note: For a sample of GOON goodness, look for the GOON 25¢ Issue, still available at the stores...)