No spoilers, just some impressions of Eric Powell's hardcover, the new Goon: Chinatown And The Mystery of Mr. Wicker follow:
The Goon: Chinatown was released last week and fills in a lot of the Goon's backstory. Eric Powell has been doing The Goon (creator, writer, artist) for some years now and there's six trade paperbacks collecting the other Goon stories. A person could pick up any volume or issue of The Goon and get a complete story (kind of similar to how it doesn't matter a how lot if you read the Hellboy or Sin City trades out of order).
The Goon is basically a hillbilly zombie comic usually with an emphasis on humor. The Goon: Chinatown doesn't have any of the usual humor, but it is a very strong story that fills in some of the blanks of the character's history. This is a very beautiful production and the only problem I have with the book is that there are no page numbers (a big pet peeve of mine).
This is an interior page from The Goon: Chinatown. There's a powerful sequence towards the end of the book in which Eric Powell shows the luxury that doing this story in an original graphic novel format affords, that would have made readers of the comic (if this were done in that format) feel like he was just padding the story.
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