|"The Goon" #19 on sale now|
As the late 20th century philosopher James Todd Smith III once said, "Don't call it comeback."
Indeed, according to creator Eric Powell, "The Goon" never really left.
It has been nearly a year since #18 of the Eisner Award-winning series hit the shelves, but Powell told CBR News not to get our fancy pants in a knot.
"Aww, c'mon, guys! Don't make it sound so drastic," joked Powell. "We did give you the 'Goon: Noir' [anthology] series during that time."
True enough, but fans of the buff brawler have been anxious to return to their bi-monthly fix of "The Goon" from Dark Horse Comics.
Eric Powell's the Goon is a mob enforcer who has faced everything from ghouls to grave robbers over the course of the first 18 issues of a series that captured Eisners for Best Single Issue/Single Story in 2004 and Best Continuing Series and Best Humor Publication in 2005.
|"The Goon" #19, page 5|
The Tennessean Powell explained, "#17 was supposed to be the cliff hanger but that plan got screwed up. Norton's Pub has been destroyed and the Priest's new changeling army is swarming the town. #19 is really the beginning of the second arc of 'The Goon.' The story is starting to spring off in a new direction."
Norton's is of course is the Goon's favorite watering hole, while the aforementioned Priest is actually the Zombie Priest, the Goon's personal Lex Luthor.
|"The Goon" #19, page 6|
With "The Goon" #19 due in stores Wednesday, July 18 readers need not wait long. And while #19 is a great place for folks to jump on the Goon bandwagon, Powell explained that is the case for most of his books. "I try to make all the 'Goon 'issues somewhat self contained," Powell explained.
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Of his time on DC's "Action Comics," illustrating Superman and Bizarro, Powell proclaimed, "It has been awesome. "[Writers Geoff Johns and Richard Donner] are giving me some really fun stuff to work with and letting me throw in some quirky input, which I appreciate."
Powell's three-issue "Action Comics" arc debuts in #855 on August 29 while his highly anticipated 128-page original graphic novel "The Goon: Chinatown" is expected September 19.
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