Tagged: Goon

STICK IN THE MUD OF TIME

The best comedians are often self-loathing, depressed freakazoids.
Eric Powel, writer and artist on The Goon must HATE himself more than
a Slayer fan who has run out of razor blades, because that cat is
putting out the funniest comic book on the stands today.

This week sees TWO Goon books, the new issue of the title (Goon #44,
often delayed but finally here, we promise,) and the most recent
trade, Goon Vol. 12 Them That Raised Us Lament, which collects issues
38-41. If you’ve been looking for a jumping on point, THIS IS IT.
Inside you will find heart-breaking stories of origin, hilarious takes
on the artist’s own commercial prospects as well as great fights,
cars, jokes and stories.

We all have our weaknesses. I know I plug this dang book maybe more
than I should, but it has won five honkin’ Eisners. I apologize if you
hate award winning, hilarious, sad, well-drawn comic books. I’ll stop
trying to push them on you.

THE OPPOSITE

If I have to recommend NON-Eisner winning comics then I can’t
recommend this week’s Adventure Time #13. Adventure Time will win the
2013 Eisner for best kids publication, you see. I’m sorry if that was
a spoiler, but it is not my fault you’re stuck in a linear time
constraint. Still, the new issue drops this week, as does Avatar The
Last Airbender: The Promise, a deluxe edition of past Avatar stories
based on another awesome cartoon.

I suppose I also can’t nominate Deadpool #5, as it will get a
nomination. If Deadpool is ‘gonna fight Zombie Regan in space, don’t
you think you want to check it out?

SEVENTEEN TIMES LUCKY

Action Comics #17, Batwoman #17 and a slew of other #17 books are out
from DC this week, and are well worth the pick-up. On the Marvel tip,
Don’t miss Uncanny X-Men #2, Alpha #1, Superior Spider-Man #4 and
Avengers #6.

This MIGHT NOT be up your alley, but Marvel is relaunching Nova this
week with a brand spanking new #1. Nova will feature prominently into
Marvel’s future movie plans, and this new book will give you a pretty
good idea of what is coming up for the human rocket!

FLOWING JUICES

Image is finishing up the brilliant Grant Morrison’s strange
“gangsters meet magic” limited series, Happy, this week with Happy #4.
Meanwhile, IDW is relaunching GI Joe under the strong writing of Fred
Van Lente with GI JOE #1!

New beginnings, new endings and fine continuations make this one
swankaroonie week to be a comic book fan! I hope you all did your
taxes, because your going to need that refund check in order to get
all the great books coming out in the next couple of weeks! Stay tuned
to Forbidden Planet for all there is to know about the latest Action
Figures, Manga, Comics and MORE!

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Comic Con or Connot

There’s only three things that come out of my mouth: Spit, Carbon Dioxide, and the ever lovin’ truth. “But Unkiedev,” I hear you stammer, “ What about Vomit?”

You heard it hear first, kids; Vomit ain’t nuthin’ but glorified spit.

This past comics book week I had the privilege to read the funniest frickin’ comic since the Gumby Winter Fun Special. Maybe you DOUBT That I know what “funny” is? NEED I remind you that I wrote approximately three columns urging you squares to pick up the Milk and Cheese Dairy Products Gone Bad collection from Dark Horse, and what happened to that book? HUH?

It won the Eisner this year for “Best Humor Publication,” so takes your doubts and hock them for peanuts.

The GOON #40, Eric Powell (W/A), Dark Horse

Hands down the funniest comic since forever. The Goon has always been a great, fun read with tons of monsters, punchenings and slick, sick art from the pen of master writer/artist Eric Powell, but something about #40 was on target with America, on target with comic book s and on target with the beauteous wonderment that is art.

Maybe it was the Ed Roth inspired skunk ape, hopped up on cough medicine moonshine tearin’ up the town with his monster jalopy, or maybe it was the Charleston contest interrupted by Satan, most likely I would say that the funniest moment was the whole dang thing.

This issue follows on the heals of one bad mamma-jamma of a heartbreaker, where we meet the Goons Dad for the first time and get a glimpse into what makes that tough sucker so angry at the world.

Oh, you’ve never read the Goon? Well, Dark Horse is working hard on a CGI Goon movie, and who knows if they’ll ever finish it…still, you should know something about this truly inspiring comic, if only so you can appear urbane and cosmopolitan at your next tractor pull or goat orgy. Continue reading

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A is for Asphyxiation

There comes a time in any comic book collector’s life where they must make a choice: do I buy supplies to protect my collection or do I just continue throwing them in a dingy old pizza box beneath my dead rat collection?

Both plans have their merits, though only one of them is correct.

SUPPLIES

The obvious advantage to the dead rat/pizza box scenario is security. No one is going to mess with your Batman Inc. #1 when it’s covered in old cheese and maggots. Advantage number two: The easier it is to get access to your comics, the easier it is to share them with friends.

I always keep a couple of DC and Marvel Omnibus and Showcase telephone books around on my coffee table because they make for great reads while entertaining. Nothin’ is as much fun as old school, Silver age weirdness. By having your comics ready to be lent out in a jiff you can maximize the exposure of your favorite artists and writers amongst your pals, increasing your visibility as a taste-maker and person-in-the-know.

Further, the more you treat your comics like they are simple, disposable fun the more assessable and demystified they become to others. Maybe that’s your thing.

The disadvantage of the rat/pizza thing is that it’s flipping disgusting and, not that comics should be about the speculation, but you permanently cripple the resale value. Continue reading

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Silence is Golden

By Unkiedev

Comic books are the perfect marriage of pictures and words…but even the best couples need to take a break from one another from time to time!

There is a great tradition of comics without words, or silent comic books.  Sometimes the entire series is done in this fashion, although sometimes it’s just a one-off, fun gimmick. Sergio Aragone’s has two collections of some of his best doodles titled Actions Speaks and Louder Than Words, but he’s not the only talent throwing the English language in the crapper.

To some, Frank Miller is the quintessential God of comic books, the brilliant mind behind the ultimate Batman story The Dark Knight Returns and the genius behind the sensational films/comics 300 and Sin City. My review of the man would be somewhat less enthusiastic.

Still, the guy did do some great work, such as the silent comic Sin City: Silent Night. In Silent Night, a Dark Horse one-shot from 1994, tough guy Marv wordlessly strides through some of the most gorgeous brush and ink work Miller has ever committed to paper on his way to rescue a kidnapped little girl during a snow storm. Beautifully evocative white splotches fall slowly on scenes of grizzly death and torture as Marv slices, punches, and kicks his way through hired thugs.
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Giving The Gift of Comics

This year for Christmas, as with all years, I gave my Dad Comic Books.

My family, maybe like yours, doesn’t understand me at times. Some of them try, many of them don’t. I admit I’m a big weird geek who likes strange things, though from their perspective I’m still playing with toys and watching cartoons far beyond an age where they find that sort of thing palatable. When I make money from being a creative weirdo they’re proud. When I’m not, well…

I can try to justify my life to them but I realized a long time ago that I don’t have to.  I’m myself and that’s the only person I’ll ever be.

I’ve given up hope I’ll convert any family to my (admittedly) eclectic tastes. While I lived in NYC the conversations I had with my fam at the yearly holiday party were generally centered on “When are you moving home?” Now that I live in my cave slightly closer to my kin the conversation is “Why did you ever what to live there,” when it’s not “So when are you moving back?”

NO, I can’t convince any of them to watch Metalocalypse or read the Goon. They’ll never get what I see in Futurama or Neil Gaiman. They’ve heard of 300 the film but couldn’t care less that it was a comic, they don’t see what so exciting about the Dr. Who Christmas special (SOOOO GOOOD!) and they sure don’t see much of my view-point.

The one guy I reach out to with all this is my old Man. Continue reading

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How is Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8?

Buffy season 8 started out as an exciting new development in the history of comic books. Where Television had disappointed fans by ending a popular show, comic books would pick up the slack and give the official account of our heroines  continued adventures, brought to us by the actual TV writers who made us fall in love with the Buffmeister in the first part.

How did they deliver on that promise? Grading on a curve (as we have to do for today’s America) I would give Buffy season 8 a B-, though in my heart I’d have to say these are C books at best.

WHATCHOO’ TALKIN’ BOUT’, UNKIE

There are three big flaws to Buffy Season 8. The first is the artwork.

Apart from Spider-Man dying/getting unmasked/getting magically divorced or other milestone comic books like Superman and Batman’s Massachusetts wedding (coming up in this week’s Batman #703) Buffy season 8 was the highest profile comic book for the past three years…so why didn’t it have a superstar artist?

Don’t get me wrong, the artist was fair, but not great. The fact that I’ve read all of the issues and still can’t remember the guy’s name is indication enough that the artwork was not the book’s selling point. In a comic about petite blondes and brunettes stabbing bloodsuckers, it’s VERY hard via the artwork to keep all the characters distinct. Continue reading

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