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The Goon: My Murderous Childhood (and Other Grievous Yarns) Vol. 2 Paperback – May 18, 2004


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  • Series: Goon (Graphic Novels) (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (May 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593071094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593071097
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am not a comic book expert by any means. My apetites tend towards those works with zombies in them, at least in recent years. That is what drew me to The Goon, and I picked up Nothin' But Misery and this title, assuming they were the first two, but have come to realize that I need to read Rough Stuff as well.
I read both books back to back and enjoyed them both as gleefully twisted tales of zombies and other dark forces pitted against a ham handed superhero of sorts who is a mobster and a town's savior at the same time.
Again, I don't read a lot of superhero comics so I have not long line of graphic novels to compare this series to, so all I know is that I love the crazy way that Eric Powell's mind works. He strikes me as some sort of mad genius who has a severe case of ADD, at least in this particular book, moving with manic grace from one tale to another.
Certainly, I have more to learn about the Goon's realm and will be reading the rest of the books available here on Amazon, but this and Misery did not just wet my apetite, it has given me a real hunger for more of the irratic lunacy that is the Goon.
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This second volume of The Goon does not live up to the standards of the first. It is a compilation set where you do not have one continuous running adventure, and that is not all bad. However, the stories just weren't as good to me. There were bright points, but for the most part I feel the series took a step back in these issues. Don't get me wrong I will still continue to purchase the series, but this was not my favorite, and I can't give it any more than an average review.
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By Keenan on April 16, 2013
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The Goon is a great series, I recommend it to anyone who likes comics, zombies, mobsters and fun. Its well written and excellently illustrated.
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The world of the Goon is a simple one. Goon is a racketeer and thug but he is the hero. He punches zombies, assorted monsters, mad scientists, voodoo priests, and just about anything the creator of the series, writer and artist extraordinaire Eric Powell, can think up to throw at him.

This book is a good intro to how the Goon came to be, from his early days before the criminal world beckoned, to how he got started in organised crime, to how he came to meet his long-time partner Franky.

The tone of the stories is light hearted and fun despite the tones of horror and violence. Highlights include spontaneous combusting orang-utans, horny sea hags, pie eating skunk apes, a tribe of cannibal hobos, and a not so mad but not so savvy scientist.

Powell's artwork is nothing short of amazing - the oil covers are utterly beautiful while the line drawing in the books is top notch, as are the layouts. I know, having read later volumes before this (yes I should read these in order but so what) that his artwork becomes even better and he ends up switching to painting the comics throughout, but his work in this early book is still fantastic.

Enough superlatives! The Goon might not have a grand overarching story to it but the plenty of mini adventures and batty stories full of humour and invention are more than enough to make this a series worth checking out. "My Murderous Childhood" is a fine starting point and a great read for all comics fans.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cwcastillo on February 16, 2007
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I recommend The Goon to ANYONE that likes any type of comic genre. Its a fresh fell and its unlike anything you've read before. It really blew me away, extremely recommended and a MUST BUY.
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