Writer/Artist: Eric Powell

Albatross, 2002

2359040-screenshot_02This is really a book for die-hard GOON fans.

It reprints the first three self-published GOON comics before the title went to Dark Horse and it’s easy to see some of the differences here.

Powell’s artwork is not as polished (which he readily admits) and the plots are weak.  There is a running commentary throughout the reprints between Eric and his fictional publisher which is actually quite amusing.  But, during the commentary, Powell points out many of the problems himself.

It’s an interesting three issues as it not only provides an origin for the Goon but also solves the mystery of the Goon’s unseen employer which were plots not so quickly covered in the DH version.

Still, many of the salient attractions of the strip are here even if in an embryonic form.  We have the Goon, Franky, the Zombie Priest and the same type of bizarro Bowery Boys characters and plots.

Rating (1-5):

3. Meh.  Good to read but, if you encounter the Goon here for the first time, you’ll probably not want to read any more.


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