The Goon #35


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The Goon #35


  • Words: Evan Dorkin
  • Art: Eric Powell
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Aug 31, 2011

Step right up, step right up! Messrs. Powell and Dorkin present for your perusal a phantasmagorical tale of freaks, geeks, and one humongously huge, pissed off Goon…

I think I have an addictive personality. I mean, I know I have an addictive personality. Two months is far too long to go between fixes. Isn’t it? And to think, I was hooked on Eric Powell’s The Goon after only one issue.

This latest installment of The Goon witnesses a team-up of epic comedic proportions, as Powell taps superstar cartoonist Evan Dorkin on the shoulder to provide a delectably twisted, laugh-out-loud script pitting the Goon and Franky against a fiendishly funny carnival of freaks and monsters. This ain’t your daddy’s run of the mill collection of geeks, though. These geeks have moxie! And they ain’t taking our crap anymore!

Stumbling upon the nightmarish Brigadoon’s Dreamland Carnival in the middle of nowhere, after a runaway torso causes them to ditch their car, the Goon and Franky quickly discover all is not as it seems at the local freak show.  For one thing, the freaks are the audience. For another, we’re the victims. Seeking revenge for years of mental, physically, and social abuse, Professor Hyram Brigadoon and his menagerie of oddities have turned the tables on their paying customers, making them the stars of the show. Taking umbrage with the wholesale slaughter of innocent marks, the Goon and Franky wade into a knock-down-drag-‘em-out slobberknocker versus Brigadoon’s entire cast of midgets, hermaphrodites, and amputees.

Dorkin and Powell obviously had a great time coming up with this surreal romp through the ugliness and depravity of the old travelling freak shows. Bold and brash, they push the boundaries of acceptable comedy, relishing their audience’s collective discomfort when they gleefully leap across the invisible moral line. And the comic gods love ‘em for it. There aren’t enough creators working in the medium today who have the courage to let it all hang out like Dorkin and Powell. They make us cringe sometimes but only because they make us laugh so hard at things we shouldn’t rightly be laughing at. It’s one of the main draws of the series. Hovering somewhere between the gross-out and the guffaw, The Goon consistently lives – and thrives – within the plot’s creative tension.

Delightfully zany and deliberately sick in the best possible way, The Goon #35 tickles the funny-bone while satisfying that craving for something completely different.

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