The Goon Vol. 5: Wicked Inclinations

January 29, 2007 | Trades


The Goon Vol. 5: Wicked Inclinations
Eric Powell
Dark Horse Books
$14.95 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

Y’know, The Goon could actually be a really chilling book if it wasn’t so damned over-the-top funny.
Creator Eric Powell is a truly gifted artist who brings some exceptionally gruesome creatures to his stories. In Wicked Inclinations for example, The Goon’s town is overrun by scores of dead-eyed, scragily haired, little grey monsters that are terrorizing the locals and destroying everything in sight.
The Goon, the good-hearted local mobster — straight out of a 1930s movie — doesn’t take to kindly to this and takes to the streets.
But just as the tension of the situation is beginning to rise and the fists are flying and this series is starting to seem like a horror title, out come lines like: “Get off him you chug-headed troglodytes, before I plug you!” and “You think I won’t put a slug in your face just ‘cause you were born with a giant potato head, you got another thing comin’!”
Tension gone. Belly shaking with laughter. All is right with the world.
Now into its sixth collection and still going strong, The Goon is a comic book treasure where issues are filled with tales that delight and some of the most breathtaking art in modern comics.

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