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The Goon #21

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008
By: Bruce Logan

Eric Powell
Eric Powell, Dave Stewart
Dark Horse Comics
Exclamation: “I love you, velveteen horsey!”

Explanation: The major plot of this issue is the showdown of the priests. On one side, the losing side, is the resident priest of Goon’s town, while on the other is the representative of the, well, whatever organization these priest’s have. With his goose cooked the resident priest tries his best (begs and grovels) to strike a deal with the guest. Its all to no avail and the issue ends with the priest in even worse a visual state than what he had before, i.e. he loses his other eye too.

As for Goon, his performance piece in this issue is limited to fighting a ‘Colossal Transvestite’.

Examination: Given my experience of the previous I was both looking forward and hesitant (at the same time) to get to this one. Looking forward because I wanted to see what part the ‘new/guest’ priest played and hesitant because I didn’t want yet another ho-hum story that was the return appearance of the bird women.

So, how does it turn out?

Well, for one action wise this is a much more fun issue. What can I say, (for the Goon), apart from seeing him beating down zombies, seeing him go against a ‘Colossal Transvestite’ is probably my favorite ‘villain’. What adds to this fight (more than the previous issue’s) is the audience. While he was relatively alone then with only Frankie there this issue’s fight has quite a few of the town’s residents ‘helping’ him out.

As for the big plotline, the interaction between the two priests is a rather word-filled affair, one that tends to get a bit too long towards the end. Still, if the outcome fulfills the promise that is (somewhat) made here, all this talk is more than welcome.

Whatever the story might be Eric Powell’s artwork is always a hoot. This issue is no different with the fight scene between Goon and the transvestite being its best part. Then again, given how animated and fluid Powell’s pencils and Dave Stewart’s colors, this is but expected.

Proclamation: Although not necessary ‘deeper’ (in plot) than the previous issue, this one definitely scores higher on the enjoyment scale.

You can find more reviews by Bruce Logan at http://www.xcave.net



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