History ComicBook / TheGoon

24th Jul '17 2:21:02 AM PaulA
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** In ''One For The Road'', there's three creepy robed figures who are actually the Old Witch, the Vault Keeper and [[TalesFromTheCrypt the Crypt Keeper]] from the old [[Creator/ECComics EC Comics horror anthologies]].

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** In ''One For The Road'', there's three creepy robed figures who are actually the Old Witch, the Vault Keeper and [[TalesFromTheCrypt the Crypt Keeper]] Keeper from the old [[Creator/ECComics EC Comics horror anthologies]].
5th Jun '17 4:01:56 PM ProfessorDetective
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''The Goon'' is Eric Powell's award-winning fantasy comic book series, published by Creator/DarkHorseComics. Goon, a musclebound former freak circus assistant, is the top enforcer of the secretive mob boss Labrazzio, and he is at war for the control of the city with the nameless Zombie Priest, who directs zombie hordes from his citadel at Lonely Street. Together with his loudmouthed sidekick Frankie, Goon battles zombies, robots, aliens and mad scientists. Mostly with his fists.

A GenreBusting epic of pitch-black humor, tragedy and utterly grotesque monsters getting punched in the face, any description pales in comparison to the real thing. ''The Goon'' is a comic where a vampire gets set on fire while being tied on the hood of a car zooming around the town. ''The Goon'' is a comic where a Wild West zombie hunter must eat the flesh of his prey. ''The Goon'' is a comic where the main character must blow up a burlesque but is diverted by a giant, violent transvestite.

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''The Goon'' is Eric Powell's award-winning fantasy comic book series, published by Creator/DarkHorseComics. Goon, a musclebound muscle-bound former freak circus assistant, is the top enforcer of the secretive mob boss Labrazzio, and he is at war for the control of the city with the nameless Nameless Zombie Priest, who directs zombie hordes from his citadel at Lonely Street. Together with his loudmouthed sidekick Frankie, Goon battles zombies, robots, aliens and mad scientists. Mostly with his fists.

A GenreBusting epic of pitch-black humor, tragedy tragedy, and utterly grotesque monsters getting punched in the face, any description pales in comparison to the real thing. ''The Goon'' is a comic where a vampire gets set on fire while being tied on to the hood of a car zooming around the town. ''The Goon'' is a comic where a Wild West zombie hunter must eat the flesh of his prey. ''The Goon'' is a comic where the main character must blow up a burlesque but is diverted by a giant, violent transvestite.



Currently a Rolsplaying Game of the series using the ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' system is in pre-production.

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Currently a Rolsplaying Roleplaying Game of the series using the ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' system is in pre-production.[[https://www.peginc.com/pre-orders-for-fear-agent-and-the-goon-launch-next-week/ has just been releaseed]]
4th Apr '17 2:15:31 PM marcoasalazarm
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Currently a Rolsplaying Game of the series using the ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' system is in pre-production.
29th Mar '17 7:38:08 PM nombretomado
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* TakeThat: Against ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', [[TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]], Anne Rice, ''{{Twilight}}'', the entire superhero genre...

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* TakeThat: Against ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', [[TheOprahWinfreyShow [[Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]], Anne Rice, ''{{Twilight}}'', the entire superhero genre...
18th Feb '17 3:43:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheHunter: Buzzard serves as this to the Priest in particular and zombies in general.

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* TheHunter: HunterOfMonsters: Buzzard serves as this to the Priest in particular and zombies in general.
14th Nov '16 2:08:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* CrapsackWorld: Whilst it's eventually revealed that there's a genuine {{curse}} on the region where the Goon hangs out which is at least partially to blame, the Goon's world is ''seriously'' messed up. There's an evil necromancer running around who wants to cause a ZombieApocalypse, {{Mad Scientist}}s like Dr. Alloy running rampant, a "swine revolution" has made pork meat a hot commodity analogous to liquor during Prohibition, a crazed airforce of communist cephalopods wants to rule the world, hobos are gibberish-spouting cannibals, and basically all manner of murderers, maniacs and monsters thrive in the place. It's no wonder a brutal BadAss of a mob boss who won't put up with any of this crap comes off as heroic by comparison.

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* CrapsackWorld: Whilst it's eventually revealed that there's a genuine {{curse}} on the region where the Goon hangs out which is at least partially to blame, the Goon's world is ''seriously'' messed up. There's an evil necromancer running around who wants to cause a ZombieApocalypse, {{Mad Scientist}}s like Dr. Alloy running rampant, a "swine revolution" has made pork meat a hot commodity analogous to liquor during Prohibition, a crazed airforce of communist cephalopods wants to rule the world, hobos are gibberish-spouting cannibals, and basically all manner of murderers, maniacs and monsters thrive in the place. It's no wonder a brutal BadAss badass of a mob boss who won't put up with any of this crap comes off as heroic by comparison.
7th Oct '16 9:25:00 AM kyrtuck
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* BigEater: GreedyGut, the Hobo god is this to a villainous degree, even eating his own Hobo worshippers at times.


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* CircusofFear: Brigadoon's Dreamland Carnival, a malicious parody of the classic 1930s film, Freaks, where deformed outcasts torment or murder normal people in assorted Carnival games. Even the Goon and Franky were disgusted by it.
6th Jul '16 12:46:18 AM WanderingBrowser
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* CrapsackWorld: Whilst it's eventually revealed that there's a genuine {{curse}} on the region where the Goon hangs out which is at least partially to blame, the Goon's world is ''seriously'' messed up. There's an evil necromancer running around who wants to cause a ZombieApocalypse, {{Mad Scientist}}s like Dr. Alloy running rampant, a "swine revolution" has made pork meat a hot commodity analogous to liquor during Prohibition, a crazed airforce of communist cephalopods wants to rule the world, hobos are gibberish-spouting cannibals, and basically all manner of murderers, maniacs and monsters thrive.

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* CrapsackWorld: Whilst it's eventually revealed that there's a genuine {{curse}} on the region where the Goon hangs out which is at least partially to blame, the Goon's world is ''seriously'' messed up. There's an evil necromancer running around who wants to cause a ZombieApocalypse, {{Mad Scientist}}s like Dr. Alloy running rampant, a "swine revolution" has made pork meat a hot commodity analogous to liquor during Prohibition, a crazed airforce of communist cephalopods wants to rule the world, hobos are gibberish-spouting cannibals, and basically all manner of murderers, maniacs and monsters thrive.thrive in the place. It's no wonder a brutal BadAss of a mob boss who won't put up with any of this crap comes off as heroic by comparison.



* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler: The Goon himself, having killed Labrazzio and stolen his empire whilst claiming to be "just" the gangster's top enforcer, so as to have people go gunning for his non-existent boss instead. Eventually, this ends up being revealed InUniverse and so he stops bothering with the facade.]]

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* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler: The Goon himself, having killed Labrazzio and stolen his empire whilst claiming to be "just" the gangster's top enforcer, so as to have people go gunning for his non-existent boss instead. Eventually, However, this ends up being revealed is only a InUniverse secret in the "Rough Stuff" Issue 0 comics and so he stops bothering with in any WholeEpisodeFlashback stories, and by the facade.]]time of Issue 1 the Goon's secret is out and he's openly the boss.



* DrivingQuestion: What happened in Chinatown? Eventually explained in the titular arc: [[spoiler: years ago, after growing to adulthood, the Goon met Isabella, a girl he had always loved back in the Circus, as the slave of a Chinese mob-boss in the local Chinatown, and eventually bartered with the boss for her freedom. He has the time of his life courting her, falling deeply in love and even considering giving up the mobster lifestyle so he can have a decent life with her. And then she breaks his heart by telling him to his face that she "doesn't want him". Blinded by grief, the Goon goes to confront the Chinese mob-boss, whose gang has been pushing the Goon's gang out of the city, only for the mob boss to turn out to be a shapeshifting dragon. In the fight, the Goon gets his characteristic facial scars and dead eye after the dragon slashes his face and then burns his body. Isabella leaves town without saying a word, refusing to even go and see Goon in the hospital, with an indignant Frankie warning her never to come back.]]
* EldritchAbomination: Parodied here and there.

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* DrivingQuestion: What happened in Chinatown? Eventually explained in the titular arc: [[spoiler: years ago, after growing to adulthood, the Goon met Isabella, a girl he had always loved back in the Circus, as the slave of Xiang Yao, a Chinese mob-boss in the local Chinatown, and eventually bartered with the boss Xiang Yao for her freedom. He has the time of his life courting her, falling deeply in love and even considering giving up the mobster lifestyle so he can have a decent life with her. And then she breaks his heart by telling him to his face that she "doesn't want him". Blinded by grief, the Goon goes to confront the Chinese mob-boss, whose gang has been pushing the Goon's gang out of the city, only for the mob boss to turn out to be a shapeshifting dragon. In the fight, the Goon gets his characteristic facial scars and dead eye after the dragon slashes his face and then burns his body. Isabella leaves town without saying a word, refusing to even go and see Goon in the hospital, with an indignant Frankie warning her never to come back.]]
* EldritchAbomination: Parodied here and there. LovecraftLite is definitely applicable, as they're invariably beaten up by the Goon.



* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: At the end of the first series (which is only three issues long), it is revealed that, [[spoiler:Labrazio was DeadAllAlong, and The Goon is the real man in charge.]] Taken UpToEleven when this story arc was relegated to the "Volume 0: Rough Stuff" status, with the first "real" issue opening with a summary of Goon's origins, meaning this was spoiled on the ''5th page''.

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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: At the end of the first series (which is only three issues long), it is revealed that, [[spoiler:Labrazio Labrazio was DeadAllAlong, and The Goon is the real man in charge.]] charge. Taken UpToEleven when this story arc was relegated to the "Volume 0: Rough Stuff" status, with the first "real" issue opening with a summary of Goon's origins, meaning this was spoiled on the ''5th page''.page'', ''and'' the fact that this truth has become openly known InUniverse, to the point Houstous unwittingly ticks his boss off by commenting on how much effort the Nameless Preacher wasted on trying to find and kill a dead man.
* FromBadToWorse:
** After the Goon's football career was ended when his team was gunned down by the Black Hand, the city's enraged occupants rose up and massacred the two gangs that comprised it. Unfortunately, this left a power vacuum that the Nameless Preacher was quick to fill -- using the bodies of the former gangsters to bulk up his zombie army in the process.
** Eventually, the Goon/Buzzard team-up makes it impossible for the Zombie Priest to get the corpses he needs to produce zombies... so, he gambles all his remaining forces on securing the corpse of a pregnant woman, which he then reanimates and mutates via a BlackMagic ritual to create "Mother Corpse", who constantly produces horrifically deformed demon-zombie babies, giving him an even stronger army than before.



* FromBadToWorse: Eventually, the Goon/Buzzard team-up makes it impossible for the Zombie Priest to get the corpses he needs to produce zombies... so, he gambles all his remaining forces on securing the corpse of a pregnant woman, which he then reanimates and mutates via a BlackMagic ritual to create "Mother Corpse", who constantly produces horrifically deformed demon-zombie babies, giving him an even stronger army than before.



* GuileHero: [[spoiler:The Goon may be strong enough to beat a man to death with his bare hands, but he is also extremely smart and cunning.]]

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* GuileHero: [[spoiler:The The Goon may be strong enough to beat a man to death with his bare hands, but he is also extremely smart and cunning.]]



* NoOneSeesTheBoss: Nobody sees Labrazzio. [[spoiler:Because he's been dead for years and the Goon is the real boss on a lifelong masquerade of ObfuscatingStupidity.]]

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* NoOneSeesTheBoss: Nobody sees Labrazzio. [[spoiler:Because Labrazzio... Because he's been dead for years and the Goon is the real boss on a lifelong masquerade of ObfuscatingStupidity.]]ObfuscatingStupidity. Dropped after the Goon's real role in leading the gang is made evident.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Zigzagged with the Goon. [[spoiler: In the early stories, though he presents himself as just Labrazio's enforcer, he doesn't really make any attempt to feign being DumbMuscle. After his status as the real boss of Labrazio's mob is revealed, he stops bothering to make any attempt to hide his skills.]]

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Zigzagged with the Goon. [[spoiler: In the early stories, stories set before the present day, though he presents himself as just Labrazio's enforcer, he doesn't really make any attempt to feign being DumbMuscle. After his status as the real boss of Labrazio's mob is revealed, he stops bothering to make any attempt to hide his skills.]]



* ToiletHumor: Peaches Valentine. Sweet merciful lord, Peaches Valentine.

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* ToiletHumor: Peaches Valentine. Sweet merciful lord, Peaches Valentine.Valentine... in essence, a gibbering retarded young man in a diaper whose entire existence is based on his copiously defecating into his diaper and then playing with his own dung.



* TotemPoleTrench: The orphans do this.

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* TotemPoleTrench: The orphans who want to be the Goon's new agents do this.
3rd Jul '16 2:47:48 PM gewunomox
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* KingOfTheHomeless: The Hobo King, who seems to be BobDylan.

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* KingOfTheHomeless: The Hobo King, who seems to be BobDylan.Music/BobDylan.
2nd Jul '16 1:06:49 PM WanderingBrowser
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* BlankWhiteEyes: Frankie.

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* BlankWhiteEyes: Frankie.Frankie is drawn with these, given his more "cartoony" status compared to the other characters in the setting.



* EnfanteTerrible: In a world like the Goon's, it should be no surprise that many kids who're vicious, ruthless little monsters show up.

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* EnfanteTerrible: EnfantTerrible: In a world like the Goon's, it should be no surprise that many kids who're vicious, ruthless little monsters show up.up.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Houstous Grave, the Nameless Preacher's gravedigger, lights out of Lonely Street and the city entirely when the Preacher creates Mother Corpse, decrying it as a blasphemy even he wants nothing to do with.



** Frankie's infamous "Knife to the Eye" attack.
** The Nameless Preacher gouges out one of his own eyes with his bare hand in order to power the BlackMagic ritual that creates Mother Corpse and her chughead spawn.s

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** Frankie's infamous favorite "Knife to the Eye" attack.
** The Nameless Preacher gouges out one of his own eyes with his bare hand in order to power the BlackMagic ritual that creates Mother Corpse and her chughead spawn.s



* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: At the end of the first series (which is only three issues long), it is revealed that, [[spoiler:Labrazio was DeadAllAlong, and The Goon is the real man in charge.]]

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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: At the end of the first series (which is only three issues long), it is revealed that, [[spoiler:Labrazio was DeadAllAlong, and The Goon is the real man in charge.]]]] Taken UpToEleven when this story arc was relegated to the "Volume 0: Rough Stuff" status, with the first "real" issue opening with a summary of Goon's origins, meaning this was spoiled on the ''5th page''.



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: As the story uses a setting vaguely reminiscent of the 1920s-50s, both Goon and Frankie (particularly Frankie) can say stuff that's rather politically incorrect by modern standards. For example, Frankie referring to the deformed Grave kids and the chugheads as "Mongoloids".

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* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: As the story uses a setting vaguely reminiscent of the 1920s-50s, 1920s, both Goon and Frankie (particularly Frankie) can say stuff that's rather politically incorrect by modern standards. For example, Frankie referring to the deformed Grave kids and the chugheads as "Mongoloids".



* SureLetsGoWithThat: In an early issue, federal agents investigating Labrazzio uncover one of the Goon's most closely-kept secrets. In a dramatic climactic scene, they confront the Goon with what they've discovered, and announce the obvious conclusion: that all the evidence they've uncovered was planted by the Goon to send them off on a false trail. The Goon concurs with their conclusion, while making a mental note to destroy the evidence before somebody smarter finds it.

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* SureLetsGoWithThat: In an early issue, the original "issue #0" storyline, federal agents investigating Labrazzio uncover one of the Goon's most closely-kept secrets. In a dramatic climactic scene, they confront the Goon with what they've discovered, and announce the obvious conclusion: that all the evidence they've uncovered was planted by the Goon to send them off on a false trail. The Goon concurs with their conclusion, while making a mental note to destroy the evidence before somebody smarter finds it.



* UndeadChild: The "chugheads", demonically-empowered deformed zombie-babies who replace the standard zombies as the Nameless Preacher's minions of choice once his supply of corpses is cut off.



* ZombieChild: The "chugheads", demonically-empowered deformed zombie-babies who replace the standard zombies as the Nameless Preacher's minions of choice once his supply of corpses is cut off.
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