The Goon is Eric Powell's award-winning fantasy comic book series, published by Dark Horse Comics. 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 Genre-Busting 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.Eric is working with David Fincher and the crew down at Blur Studios to turn the Goon into an animated feature film. A proof of concept preview came out around Comic-Con 2010. There was a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for it.
Amazonian Beauty: Goon's Aunt Kizzie was the Strongwoman in the circus where he grew up. It's noted that while Kizzie herself was considered fairly plain-looking, her strength was what made her attractive to men.
Development Hell: The teaser for the film was compiled in an effort to get funding for a full feature. Despite the internet generally agreeing that it's pretty damn awesome, they still don't have any yet. Eric Powell/Dark Horse and their fans are crossing their fingers, though and the Kickstarter to help fund a story reel to ship around to studios just might help.
Disappeared Dad: Goon's father unceremoniously dumped him with his Aunt Kizzie, having already killed the mother and threatening to throw baby Goon into the river if she didn't take him.
Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Kizzie wound up getting an abortion after she was pressured into it by her then-lover in the circus, though she wound up regretting this when her lover died in an accident. When Goon was dumped on her she decided she'd raise him in place of the child she would have had.
Karmic Death: Issue 37. A factory owner and his shoddy policies accidentally cause the death of 142 (mostly female) factory workers. When the survivors go on strike and get the Goon to support the union, the factory owner gets the help of demonic forces. While in the middle of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech while staring at the riot down below, he sees the face of a widow that worked in his factory that he saw at the trial. She disappears and appears in his room, explaining how while she died, she will have justice.
Love Makes You Evil: Buzzard converses with a ghost who killed several people - including his own wife and child - to feed a cannibalistic mistress he lusted after. The mistress however, didn't return the favor and left him to starve.
Mood Whiplash: The series is as good at drama as it is at comedy, and often switches between the two.
Noodle Incident/Noodle Implements: Many of them. Frankie uses this trope when he talks about his sexual escapades, or describes the action in the metacomic, "The Goon and Satan's Sodomy Baby." There's also a character named Charlie (ahem) Noodles, who is always discussed in stories but never seen. There's also a few other ones here and there.
Chinatown was one until it had an arc devoted to it.
Our Ghouls Are Creepier: Buzzard is a human being from the days of the Wild West placed under a curse by the Zombie Priest that basically makes him a Ghoul or an "Anti Zombie"- a living person condemned to wander the earth feeding on the flesh of the (preferably walking) dead. Of course, seeing as this makes Buzzard effectively immortal (at the very least, he doesn't age any more), causes him to hate the Zombie Priest, and compels him to devour both the Zombie Priest's followers and the corpses he uses to make new ones... this essentially makes Buzzard a fine example of The Punishment. At least in the sense of wanting to ask the one who gave him the curse "You thought this was a good idea...why?" Because it was an accident. Buzzard was about to shoot him in the face and the Priest used zombification magic on him, even though it's only supposed to be used on dead people.
Re Tool: The first volume of the comic (released as a volume 0: "Rough Stuff") had a busier art style and less direction, and Powell's comments on it clearly paint it as almost an Old Shame.
Silence Is Golden: Issue #33 has no dialogue, just sound effects and one thought balloon that said "Censor".
Sure, Let's Go with That: 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.
Although as he points out to a female vampire (a spoof of Ann Rice vampires), she was the manliest person there until the Goon and Frankie showed up.
Zombify The Living: The Zombie Priest accidentally created his nemesis Buzzard (who's technically a sort of "anti-zombie" who feeds on the dead, but otherwise counts); by using the zombie creating magic on him when he was alive.