The Goon #39 Review
I've never read a Goon comic before this, so I have no idea what the book is normally like, which may hurt my appreciation of this comic because, for all I know, The Goon could be worse than the stuff this issue lampoons. Or it could be the best book ever. But not already being a fan, I think some of the humor fell flat and even felt a bit petty, as I had no reason to cheer on Powell for making the same jokes people make on this message board every day.
That being said, I did like that the book was accessible to me, a new reader, and I really appreciated the essay at the end. I just didn't think the pages themselves were all that funny. It had its moments - "Red Goon. He's a commie!" - and most of the art and visual gags were funny - the panel design one was the only one to make me chuckle out loud - but what I found unfortunate is that the funniest part of the book was the cover. In fact, pretty much every gag and point made inside the books was made in a funnier, more potent manner on the cover itself, which leads me to say... what was the point? Unless, of course, the interior was a purposeful allegory for the decompression, redundancy, and lack of urgency in mainstream books, in which case, I guess it was brilliant.
Would I read the Goon again? Not based on the majority of this book, but based on the hints of the character's real essence and Powell's essay, I might give it another try.
A good concept, good art, some funny bits, but lackluster execution.