Reviewed by Brady Steele. A good deal of insightful backstory comes into view in The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #3. Confessions from mad men and almost mad men cover the history and motivations of the key players to our little macabre saga herein. A lot of lines come into focus here and it’s great to see where it’s heading towards.
WRITTEN BY: Eric Powell
ART BY: Eric Powell
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 20 May 2015
Creator Eric Powell knows how to be astute and horrifying all on the same page this month. With a bag full of heads and a heavy heart, we seeThe Goon unload his burdens upon one of his enemies. It’s fascinating to see. It feels like going to confession at church…until he throttles Don Rigatti to death.
Another great aspect of this issue is readers get to see the flipside to The Goon’s long-time foe, The Zombie Priest, also allows readers insight to his history. We see his motivations and ultimate rationalizing for fighting so hard to harness the power of this supernatural town everyone covets so much. It’s pretty chilling stuff to see how far he will go to attain power.
Both characters have been through so much, it’s easy to see how similar they are now. It feels like they are both at the end of the line. Powell seems to have found colors again and it’s effective and evocative in all the right places. There is plenty of gruesome action in this chapter. Will next month BE the final outing for The Goon? It looks like there will be plenty of showdowns and hopefully some great despair that seems to have become a sidekick to this series.
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