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Review: ‘The Goon’ #44

Since 1999, Eric Powell’s creation has done all sorts of monster smashing. Why not smash some south of the border in Spanish? “The Goon” #44 becomes El Bruto this month and takes on El Hombre Lagarto. Throw in random celebrities, roosters and goats as weapons for good measure. Even if your Spanish isn’t perfecto, this issue is all kinds of madcap and satirical fun.

WRITTEN BY: Eric Powell
ART BY: Eric Powell
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: 27 November 2013

Now I know how my students in South Korea felt when I gave them an English comic book to read. I have to admit that most of my Spanish is rough at best. Knowing half a language does help understand at least half of this story. The rest is beautifully enjoyable in the artwork by series creator Eric Powell.

A simple booze smuggling run into Mexico naturally isn’t so simple for The Goon and his pal Franky. Thankfully, Franky knows some Spanish so readers can enjoy his interplay with the locals. For the rest of us uneducated readers, it’s a great visual feast. The monster, El Hombre Lagarto, smuggles himself with the booze and seems to go on a drunken rampage. There are locals with torches and pitchforks, hypnosis to get senoritas, and a song from The Legendary Lizard Man. Powell’s striking style shines through each panel.

I know Powell has done some unique issues in the past to get readers interests piqued from time to time. There was a recent issue I recall spoofing all things super-hero and gimmicky that comes to mind. I’m glad to have re-discovered “The Goon” once again with this Spanish/monster issue. His brutal irreverence and pure fun reminds readers why comics are fun and unlimited in potential.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady




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