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Where to start: The Goon

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by: David Pinckney

We all have heard from people who want to get into comics but don't know where to start. Some series are just too obscure and feel to distant from a new reader's realm of comfort while others have issues in the hundreds and there doesn't seem to be a good jumping on point. So where do we start and how do we know what's good to read or if it's even easy enough to get into. Personally, I believe trades are the easiest way to get into a series that may have been going on for a few years. With that in mind I began reading the Goon by Eric Powell, with the intent of explaining if this comic is easy enough to get into and who'd like it.

Goon comicThe first trade “Nothin' But Misery” was overall interesting. It's comedic view on zombies and monsters makes for a very nice change of pace then other comics of the genre, then couple that with a 1920s setting and it makes for a pretty original and witty comic. Now, for me, getting into it was fairly easy. At times I had to re-read sections to understand something I didn't get as some parts of the comic move pretty quickly. That's not to say it's too quickly to read, but at times it's worth it to go back and read a few panels.

Comedy in The Goon is clever and not always for the easily offended, but it's all in good fun. You'll find yourself entertained throughout the story just off of the humor alone. The main characters, Goon and Franky, are a duo that play very well off of each other. A lot of the comedy stem from their personalities alone.

The comic itself is about the Goon living his day to day life, but as the story moves forward we learn of new characters and monsters that pop up and just get in the Goon's way. Sometimes they kidnap a friend of his, or sometimes something is found going around eating people, either way, the Goon doesn't like it, so the Goon does something about it. These little altercations throughout the comic and addition of new characters and monsters makes for very interesting short comics that keep you wanting to read more.

Well who is this comic for? Honestly, it's for just about anyone who likes the paranormal and comedies. If this is you, then you should pick up this comic. From another point of view, this book feels a lot like Hellboy. It has paranormal entities dealing with other paranormal entities in a time before our own. This doesn't mean they are the same comic, but they both feel very similar making this a comic for easy to get into.

So is there anything bad? Well, like anything there is something that could be considered bad, but overall it's a great comic. Yes, parts are a little fast and somethings feel like it could have used just that one extra page to drive the point home, but even so, this comic is worth every cent. It's witty and funny, and its a nice way to get both your dose of horror and paranormal genres as well as some clever comedy. Overall, it's fairly easy to get into and has many comics in its catalog that can easily make its way into your collection of comics.

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Published on: 2010-03-01 (1870 reads)

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