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    Review: The Goon Library, vol. 1

    Review: The Goon Library edition vol 1

    goon library, volume 1Have you ever been reading a mob story set in or around the 1930s and thought that it could use more zombies, hobos, flying communist octopuses, vampires, aliens, killer robots, and man-eating rats the size of St. Bernards? You’re in luck! Eric Powell had the exact same idea back in the late 90s and started writing The Goon.

    The Goon Library Volume 1 collects some of Powell’s earliest work on this series. The only story that precedes the four volumes included in this library edition is a strip titled Monster Boy that Powell wrote for a book called Best Cellars #1 in 1994. In 496 pages, there are a solid 455 pages of story and 41 pages of Powell’s sketches, reference photos, rough pencils, inks, unused cover art, character prototypes, and notes from the author.

    In Volume 0: Rough Stuff, we get part of the back story on The Goon’s upbringing and how he met big-time mob boss Labrazio. We get to see how The Goon met his sidekick and best friend Franky, and learn how Franky developed his signature move, “Knife to the eye!” Toward the end of the volume, we learn The Goon is keeping a secret that might lead to his undoing.

    In one of the three forwards, Powell says he titled this volume “Rough Stuff” because he feels the work is far inferior to work that came later in the series. I disagree. While you can see definite differences between the original character designs and the same characters further into the series, there’s nothing rough about this piece. It’s interesting to see how the original concepts for The Goon, Franky, The Priest, and the various monsters evolved from this early work. This installment also has the best use of washed out, muted color to fit the period and genre.

    Volume 1: Nothin’ But Misery opens with the Zombie Priest interrogating a severed head, trying to ascertain The Goon’s big secret. We meet a new character named Buzzard who is a “reverse zombie” accidently created by the Priest who must eat the flesh of the undead in order to survive. Buzzard ends up being The Goon’s unlikely ally in his struggle against The Priest and his zombie hoard.

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    By this time, Powell has started using parody ads as story breaks and to set up callbacks further into the story. These are entertaining on their own, but get more fun when you realize ten pages later that you’ve been set up.

    Volume 2: My Murderous Childhood (and other grievous yarns) is pretty well summed up by the title. This volume expands on the flashback sequences that Powell teased in Volumes 0 and 1. We learn how The Goon and Franky get in on the big-time racket of crime boss Labrazio, and exactly why Labrazio hasn’t been seen in almost two decades.

    Volume 3: Heaps Of Ruination is the most disjointed of the installments. While each of the volumes features 3-4 separate stories, the other three volumes flow from one story right into the next. The first story in vol. 3 is a rescue mission to save Vulture from The Priest’s basement where he is being tortured. The second story features a malevolent tentacled alien, which to the narrator’s chagrin is not composed of large shapely breasts. The third piece features a crossover from one of Dark Horse’s other Eisner Award winning series, Hellboy. The storytelling ends with a segment titled The Vampire Dame Had To Die.

    While each issue of The Goon is self contained and has a complete story within, Powell uses brilliant callbacks and references to previous issues, rewarding the reader for staying the course through the entire work, but not leaving new readers behind.

    At $23.99, this book is a steal. I was shocked at the sheer size of the thing when I opened the mailer. I was hooked from the first page. Powell’s oil painted covers are beautiful. His writing and illustrations are solid. This book is laugh out loud funny. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting.

    But wait! There’s more! The story continues in The Goon Library Volume 2 HC, released 2/13/16, and in the newly released The Goon Library Volume 3 HC, 6/1/16.

    The Goon Library Volume 1 HC, released 11/11/2015, written and illustrated by Eric Powell, colors by Eric Powell, Robin Powell, Barry Gregory, Shayne Corbett, and Ben Cocke, $23.99

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    January Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Empowered Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC review at TFAW.comHope you all are having a great new year so far! With so many amazing product reviews to choose from last month, it was nearly impossible to narrow the field down for this month’s picks. However, we’ve sifted through the hundreds and hundreds of great reviews and hand picked three of our favorites as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. Below, you’ll see who won from January’s Product Reviews. $25 TFAW gift certificates are on the way to the folks who posted them.

    Michael from Central Point, OR stopped by with his five star review of Dark Horse Comics’s Goon Volume 6: Chinatown HC:

    For those of us who’ve been asleep for the past 7 years, The Goon: Chinatown is awesome. You finally get a back story on Goon!! Fantastic & powerful. For your best deal though, buy only from TFAW!!! Nobody beats their service, products or prices! Thanks TFAW Staff, and Happy New Year.

    Sandman Overture #1 (of 6) (Cover B) review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Christopher from Pasadena, CA. He had this to say about the Sandman Overture #1:

    Been a while since I’ve read Sandman, but with this new series it seems like it’s been only a moment. This story is what I expected from Mr. Gaiman but somehow also new in ways I didn’t expect. The artwork is simply amazing and I would have expected the combination of art and prose to be included in books costing much more! All around it’s a superb effort and I’m definitely looking forward to the next offering!

    Venom bust review at TFAW.comLast but not least, Joe from East Boulder, CO wrote a review for the for Gentle Giant’s Venom Mini-bust that we had to share:

    The detail is incredible, the pose is great. It’s hard for me to say whether it’s bigger than I expected it would be. It is quite large (about the height of a Nalgene bottle). Has great weight. Just an awesome piece for the price.

    If you liked the look of the regular Venom mini-bust, you will love the Zombie Venom Mini-bust currently available for pre-order!

    Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

    Remember, you don’t have to write a novel to win. Product reviews can be short and sweet, or highly detailed — as long as they help other customers, that’s what we’re looking for. So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

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    Horror Comics Panel at Stumptown Comics Fest

    A very talented group of editors and creators sat down and talked about the past and future of horror comics at Stumptown Comics Fest 2011, including Dark Horse Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie (B.P.R.D. The Dead Remembered), editor Shawna Gore, Eric Powell (The Goon), Patric Reynolds (Let Me In), Todd Herman (Cut), and Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor). Check it out below:

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    Your Daily Horror: The Goon Volume 9: Calamity of Conscience TPB

    On this next-to-last day of Horror Month, we bring you something a little different: The Goon Volume 9: Calamity of Conscience TPB. For those of you not yet acquainted with The Goon, it’s kind of a horror book mixed with The Little Rascals. And a Bob Hope road movie. And . . . well, it’s a little difficult to put my finger on, but it’s funny, tragic, horrific, and great fun to read.

    Multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of The Goon Eric Powell teams with acclaimed colorist Dave Stewart to bring this tale of humor, horror, and heartbreak to a close. Prepare for the usual weirdness, as only Powell and The Goon can provide: the living dead (children, priests, and pretty ladies), pretty living ladies, gypsies, backwoods children . . . “dogs” . . . crazy-weird cats, pimps peddling animal love, animals on the receiving end of said animal love . . . evil Shredded-Wheat men, more evil-undead burlesque-house owners, guys with tails, a woky (a woky?) . . . and more!

    You can order The Goon Volume 9: Calamity of Conscience TPB now for $14.35, and make sure to check out our Horror Month page for most ghastly gifts!

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    SDCC ’09 Wrap Up: Dark Horse & Mass Effect 2, Metalocalypse!

    New Video Posts From San Diego Comic-Con!

    Dark Horse Comics has some truly stellar stuff coming up in the next year, including comics of Mass Effect 2, the highly anticipated game from BioWare. Check out a trailer for the game and listen to co-plotter Mac Walters:

    This clip is the biggie, including Eric Powell, updates on The Goon, Metalocalypse, and Dethklok, as well as announcements regarding Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods, Mike Mignola’s Baltimore, The Guild comics, Dr. Horrible, and CLAMP:


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