Reviewed by Brady Steele. This month’s installment of The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #2 is aptly titled “A Man Turned Animal”. Readers get to see how truly lost and off the rails a man like The Goon can get when he’s lost hope. More poor choices for our would-be protector lead to some truly ghastly decisions for all to horrify at.
WRITTEN BY: Eric Powell
ART BY: Eric Powell
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 25 March 2015
Defying expectations once again, creator Eric Powell gives readers a literary history lesson in this issue. A couple of heavy hitters are coming to take out The Goon as retaliation for him killing the wrong guy last month. Having been tipped off as to when and where these would-be killers are arriving, The Goon decides to handle the situation personally.
What better way to kill time then by grabbing a six-pack and classic H.G. Wells’s novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau. What unfolds is an examination of what makes a man or an animal. As anyone who has ever read a novel, you can relate to how reading a novel can affect your headspace. Depending on your mood, a good book can really influence your way of thinking. The Goon is a million miles away from a good mood nowadays so this story only stokes the fire and anger inside him. The results are genuinely grizzly and cold.
Reason and understanding has left our capped hero. His moves are now more primal and vicious than ever before. Perhaps this is what The Goon has to do to prevail. It clearly won’t be pretty but as long as he wins, that’s what matters, right? I miss the funny and wacky moments that popped up in this series. Grim and gritty was something I would never use to describe The Goon before this arc. It’s dark and good but I need some sliver of hope in there somewhere. Hopefully there’s some light left buried deep in there somewhere down the line.
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