For the life of me, I wish I had discovered The Goon much much sooner. Eric Powell never fails to totally hit the nail on the head with the issues of the day, while making me laugh until I almost wet my pants. And his art work? OUTSTANDING! This newest issue of The Goon is no different. Let’s take a look at what is in store for us.
We open up to a “good ‘ole boy” discussing America in down home fashion. The scariest part of this introduction is I think I know that guy! So now that your funny bone is warmed up, let’s get to the meat of the issue.
Chapter 1, Prohibition, Or The End Of Sexy Times: Back in Goon’s boyhood days, a bunch of folks decided it would be a good idea to stop drinking. According to this account, it became law because of an unfortunate incident with a goat and Old Man Tubbs. I’m not sure if it was a case of jealousy by the old biddies of the day, or if it was just because he got caught. Either way, it made life hell for the booze peddlers and booze hounds alike. But there is always a way around the rules now isn’t there?
By the time he was a teenager, Goon was already well versed in that very thing. Sometimes he made it, sometimes he got caught. It’s always handy to have some bricks with you for just such an occasion, but it seems building a better mousetrap made more sense. So Goon set off to do just that. I will tell ya, those Dukes of Hazzard had nothing on The Goon and his side kick Franky’s new ride when they finished piecing it together.
Chapter 2, The Devil’s Drag Race: The Goon and Franky hit the big time, but the Boyle family ain’t taking to kindly to this fact. There isn’t a more stereotypical backwoods family of hillbillies on the planet. This family has it all. Reverend Papa Grits Boyle, oldest boy Randall, sister Verna, and brother Moon Pie. All of them good for nothings and just flat out mean. When they find out Goon and Franky are running hooch on their turf, all hell breaks loose. First Verna takes a stab at stopping Goon, literally. Then Moon Pie decides to fire things up a bit. Needless to say Randall didn’t take kindly to everyone bragging how Goon’s hot rod blew his away. He decided to just take it up personal like with his fists. Just how many times can the Reverend bring him back to life with his red neck conjures and snake remedies? Who will win the Devil’s Drag Race?
Chapter 3, Hooch Monkey: If I go further, I will spoil your reading experience. All I will say is that some tainted bathtub gin, and a giant hairy animal can make a damn fine car!