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The Goon #39

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The Goon #39

Credits

  • Words: Eric Powell
  • Art: Eric Powell
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Apr 25, 2012

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Eric Powell unleashes his full comedic fury upon the Big Two publishers and the superhero genre within the pages of Goon #39, where the writer pulls no punches and uses every tool in his arsenal to not only poke some serious fun, but also urge readers to think about their beloved comics industry.

Powell is unapologetic about his stance on the superhero genre that dominates the American comics industry.  Though he admits he loves superheroes and the Big Two, their dominance over the medium often constricts writers' creativity, forcing them to alter their books in order to compete with characters like Captain America and Batman.  In an effort to make this idea clear to the reader, Powell employs “superhero” tactics for his unlikely hero, including a brand new multi-colored Goon Corps, non-stop origin reboots and costume changes, dramatic and nonsensical panel structures, and enough gay love to satiate the media’s taste for controversy.  That’s not to say The Goon #39 is heavy handed, however.  This issue is one of the funniest offerings to date, as the clever, punchy, smart, and above all else hilarious jokes hit home while keeping the tone light. 

Eric Powell delivered one of the funniest and smartest issues of The Goon to date.  Powell’s hulking beefcake and his dimwitted compadre are the perfect characters to parody the superhero genre, and poke more than enough fun at the Big Two publishers.  The Goon #39 stands head and shoulders above every other title this week, and is a must read for any fan.

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