Review: The Goon in Death’s Greedy Comeuppance

Published on February 1st, 2011

I don’t have a whole lot of experience with The Goon, I’ve only read the first issue and the one-shot Dethklok Vs The Goon. I like what I’ve read, but I never really picked up on the series. Recently I saw Volume 10 of the series entitled: Death’s Greedy Comeuppance, and because I’m always looking for new stuff to read I thought why not? From what I’ve heard from other people you can pretty much pick up any issue of The Goon and read it. After reading this book, I’m not so sure about that. This trade consists of issues 32 and 33 of the comic book series, and the first solo adventure of the side character The Buzzard.

goonvol10The first part of this trade follows the Goon’s sidekick Franky as he tries to cheer The Goon up by throwing him a birthday party. Franky goes all out by getting The Goon a cake, some beer, and a girl willing to take her top off. The local kids even got their boss a birthday present, the hat he apparently lost in a previous issue. It may have been cheap, but at least they cleaned it up. Then the party goes crazy when The Goon gets a telegram from The Rape Gorilla, who then bursts through a wall and tries to do exactly what you think he’d do. The book then shifts to its creator/writer Eric Powell who tries to explain to a robot that rape can be funny if it involves a man in an animal costume. We are then introduced to a special guest who disagrees with Eric, and the book shifts back into the world of The Goon where a hobo monster has decided to get some revenge on the kids who wouldn’t share any birthday cake. The monster heads to the bar to kill the kids, but before he can do anything The Goon snaps out of his funk and beats the monster down. The Goon then goes back to the party where he gets to enjoy his birthday presents of beer and partial female nudity.

The second part is a story involving the Goon and his pal Franky who are simply trying to enjoy their day until a sexy seductress shows up to cause trouble and swindle Franky. The woman is being chased by a guy who looks like a reject villain from a Dudley Do-Right cartoon. Once again The Goon takes out the bad guy with his fists, but when he realizes what the girl’s been up to he decides to throw them both off the pier in some cement shoes. This one is really cool because the dialogue is expressed through little pictures in the word bubbles. Not the coolest thing ever, but it made the book a little more fun.

The third and final part is a solo Buzzard story that really makes this trade worth reading. The story gives us a lot of back story on the character when he ends up in a town being attacked by an ancient Monster-God. The Townspeople mistake him for the actual embodiment of Death (kind of understandable since he rides a dead horse) and ask him to destroy the monster. The Buzzard agrees and goes off to find the monster with his guide, a young orphaned boy that the town has decided is expendable. They head off on their adventurous journey where along the way they encounter some strange creatures and even save a half-naked woman who was going to be used as a sacrifice by some creepy snake handlers. Eventually the two make it to the temple of the God, and The Buzzard heads inside to face the monster alone. As it turns out the monster is just as desperate to end his meaningless life as The Buzzard so the two agree to fight until one of them is dead. Eventually The Buzzard walks out victorious to find his young friend about to die after being attacked by the monster’s mangled creatures. The Buzzard decides to bury the boy before heading back out on his travels.

I’m a little torn on this book, there’s a lot of stuff I liked about it. I love the art, I think it’s really good. It’s really got that cartoon style, but at the same time it can be really creepy which fits this book perfectly. The humor is good, I couldn’t help but give off a few chuckles while reading this, especially in the first part of the story. At the same time though, I found it kind of hard to follow the story. There’s a short story in the beginning about a little girl that turns into an old witch and gives off a curse, it’s a cool little story, but I didn’t see how it fit into everything else. And do I need to mention The Rape Gorilla again? It was funny, but I felt lost at the same time. I absolutely loved the story with The Buzzard, it was really sad, but kind of touching. I think I’m gonna go back and read some of the earlier trades because I really enjoyed reading this, but overall I was kind of confused. I would recommend this to anyone who likes twisted humor, and if you’re into that you can get your very own copy of this book at Amazon for about ten bucks.

Ken Zeider