The Goon by Eric Powell is one of those well kept comic book secrets that really needs a lot more attention than it has been given over the last couple of years.  Issue #33 is one of those issues that attempts to do something different by keeping the words to a minimum.

TheGoon33COVER.jpgThe Goon #33
Writer: Eric Powell
Artist: Eric Powell

This may very well be one of our shortest reviews – unless of course you count the Exclusive Major Spoilers One Word Reviews found over on our Twitter feed.  The reasoning is quite simple – Eric Powell uses no words at all in this issue.  Instead all the thoughts and emotions are conveyed  in a series of illustrated thought balloons.  If the reader wants to know what The Goon thinks of the femme fatale of the issue, a steaming pile of dog poop in his thought balloon speaks volumes.

The story reads rather quickly, as a dangerous woman uses her wiles to con Franky into taking the fall for a stolen diamond necklace that the issue’s big bad is hell bent on getting back.  This of course leads to a grand fight involving fists, knives, and two pair of cement shoes that returns The Goon and Franky back to their favorite bar, no better off than when they started.  There is, however, a nice big smile moment that ends the issue that shows the title character isn’t someone who wallows in his own self misery all of the time.

The art is fantastic.  The art is wonderful. The art is incredible.  In case you haven’t figured it out, without words, the reader must focus more on the art to get any meaning from the story.  Here, Powell keeps everything grayscale, with only touches of color smattered throughout the thought balloons.  The issue looks like it has been done in watercolors, or at least a very wet wash to give everything a dreamy look.

If you are on the fence about picking up an issue of The Goon, then this issue is a great place to jump on board, as it is a done in one story.  Even though there are no words, the story is a great introduction into The Goon’s life.  The art is fantastic and my guess is this issue will be nominated for many awards before 2010 is out.  Do yourself a favor and drop the money for the issue, as you’ll find a 5 out of 5 Star tale within.


The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. November 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm — Reply

    How ironic that a wordless issue left me speechless.

    Powell seems to never let me down on this book.

  2. Cliff
    November 29, 2009 at 8:35 am — Reply

    I love the Goon!
    You guys should talk about another one of the trades on the podcast.

  3. Kevin Ashby
    February 6, 2011 at 9:28 am — Reply

    I just found The Goon after my comic book store guy recommended it too me based on my love of Chew. Boy was he right! I love this book.

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