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The Goon Volume 1: Nothin' But Misery (Goon (Numbered)) Paperback – October 20, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Goon (Numbered) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (October 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569719985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569719985
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Powell is a writer and artist who has contributed work on such comics titles as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Hellboy: Weird Tales, Star Wars Tales, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, The Avengers, The Hood, MAD Magazine, Devil Dinosaur, Swamp Thing, the Avengers, She-Hulk, the Simpsons, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Action Comics, and Creepy. Although eking out a meager living in the comics field since 1995, Eric didn't find true success until he launched his critically acclaimed dark comedy series The Goon. The Goon was subsequently picked up by Dark Horse Comics and boasts a diehard cult following.

Recently, Eric has been working in collaboration with acclaimed director David Fincher, Blur Animation, and Dark Horse Entertainment to bring the Goon to life on the big screen as an animated feature film.

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After reading this I am determined to buy and read this title as long as he is publishing it.
Mr. Chad J. Mitchell
The Goon is a ne'er do well who oft does well who, with his pal Franky, run the local mob while fighting off the local zombie horde.
G. M. Elwell
It has a macabre sense of humor, great art, and the stories (though they don't always run together) are very entertaining.
Isaiah S. Huffman

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Hewitt on July 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
There are comics that have more depth and some that have more subtlety than The Goon, but few that exhibit such sheer joy of the comics medium and "low-brow" art. It's obvious that Eric Powell knows not only the value of good B-Movies and pulp tales, but of all other pop-culture discards as well. His stories, freeway collisions among gansters, monsters, Frank Capra and drive-in "sci-fi", are pure, simple, direct, and often outright funny. They invoke everything from Ed Wood to Norman Rockwell. Although Powell adopts a beautiful cartoony style in drawing Goon (with suggestions of Jack Kirby, Will Eisner and other comics greats), what makes it work is the talent of an accomplished artist capable of far more complex renderings. The Goon is a wonder and well worth your attention.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Chad J. Mitchell on September 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was a wonderful read. I do not normally laugh out loud when reading comics, but this one keeps me rolling. Despite the fact that the characters are much the antihero, you just can't help rooting for them.

After reading this I am determined to buy and read this title as long as he is publishing it. The Goon is my favorite comic out today, and I would definitely pick this product up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey W. Meyer on November 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
OK, "high concept review": What if you took the old E.C. horror comics, and mixed it up with old E.C. MAD comics -- tossing a few old E.C. "Two-Fisted Tales" in with the mix? Well, that's THE GOON -- both in its sensibilities, its subject matter, and its lush style of artwork.
I picked this up after many recommendations from many people (both friends and critics). And while it took me a few pages to get into it -- and to realize that what was going to draw me in was the humor. Any comic that can get me to laugh convulsively more than 10 times throughout its length has my vote, and my filthy lucre.
If you like your horror straight up, I doubt this will do it for you; but if your looking for comedy tinged with gore -- you're in for a treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 16, 2009
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Eric Powell sure is one deranged em-effer, but in a good way, and THE GOON is one weird, subversive, crazy wonderful comic book. THE GOON isn't that easy to pin down in terms of genre. It's definitely horror, and there's even a Lovecraftian whiff at times, but it's also pulp adventure and crime noir and slapstick and parody. As Eric Powell's mentioned in The Daily Cross Hatch website, "It's a dark comedy about a street thug, in a world of monsters." But, really, it's basically whatever notion Eric Powell reels in, on any given day.

We seem to overlook the fact that the Goon himself is a shady character, because he battles and murderizes zombies and monster squids and other wicked supernatural whatnot. The brawny, face scarred, blind in one eye Goon passes himself off as mere muscle for the Labrazio crime family, but constant readers will know that the Goon had a while ago killed Labrazio and had taken over his criminal operations, but that he's kept the hostile takeover on the hush hush. So dude's not a good guy. Except that, in a world crawling with nightmarish otherworldly creatures, well, he's actually perceived as a hero.

You won't break your brain trying to keep up with the Goon's exploits. The story arcs basically boil down to: Hey, a monster! And then the Goon clobbers the monster with a pipe wrench or with something else equally handy. So Eric Powell keeps the narrative pretty easy to follow. This particular trade, THE GOON Vol. 1: NOTHIN' BUT MISERY, has the Goon and his cartoony-rendered sidekick Franky polishing off some more of the Zombie Priest's undead minions (these cats just keep wandering off Lonely Street). The Buzzard makes his debut, that tortured ex-sheriff cursed into a dark creature and who survives by devouring the undead (which is all kinds of ironic).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Dorazio VINE VOICE on June 11, 2008
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I am not a huge graphic novel fanatic, not that I do not appreciate great artwork and the compelling stories that come out of a variety of fantastic stories, it is just that it has never been something I have latched onto as much as many of my friends have.
My fascination has been with zombies and that has led me to different graphic novels where zombies play a part in them. From The Walking Dead Series to Xombie to Reces Pieces, I have found plenty to entertain me with along with the strictly written word in zombie books.
I picked up a couple of Goon titles, thinking that My Murderous Childhood and Nothin' But Misery would be the first two in the series. I was mistaken but after reading these two, I will be hitting up Rough Stuff and moving forward with the rest of the series.
I love the almost schitzophrenic way that Eric Powell's brain works with this series, how he brings in totally lunatic elements with both a dark and malevolent sense of humor that had me cracking up through this entire book. The advertisements are hilarious, the different tales both big and small are intriguing, and overall I thought it was a fantastic read.
Zombies play a part in the Goon series, which is what drew me to it, but it is far more than just that. I honestly cannot wait to read the rest of the various tales of the Goon, because the art is great, the stories are rolicking, and the bottom line for me is that this was fun to read.
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