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Review: The Goon Volume 4 Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof

Written by Rui Esteves on Monday, September 01 2014 and posted in Blog
Review: The Goon Volume 4 Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof
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The Goon in Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof is a weird mixed of issue long stories. From that time when the Goon, together with a bunch of his fellow criminal friends, started a pro football team, to a journey into another dimension this book has it all.

Unfortunately, unlike previous volumes, not all weirdness is good weirdness.

The Goon doesn't follow a conventional story telling style, true, but there is usually an order to the Chaos that is put to paper by Powell. However in this volume there are a few stories that break that order and add even more chaos, but in a less than optimal way. I'm not saying this is a bad book, far from it, but Powell has been spoiling his readers with stellar story telling and fun comic books, and this one is just a bit above ok.

Review: The Goon Volume 4 Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof
The Goon getting drafted
Personally I didn't connect with two stories in this collection, the one about the football team and the adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. The first one is just and atypical story for this book, its not funny nor it contributes to the overall mythos of the characters (at least thus far), while the second one add little no nothing new to the myriad of adaptations done of the A Christmas Carol. There is nothing wrong with them, but they're not Goonish enough (whatever that may be).

However there is a strong reason to get this book, and that is everything else. Doctor Alloy goes insane and the Goon and our favorite eye stabber jump to his aid. Of course things don't go accourding to plan and the Goon's world is turn inside out. All this plus Powell's twisted humor and awesome artistic style.

Talking about the art of the book, its really good. Powell manages to give each story its unique feel while at
the same time keeping it consistent and true to the Goon style. Sometimes he does it through a different color pallet, sometimes ist by the way he draws faces. Its subtle changes that work really well.

Review: The Goon Volume 4 Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof
Frankie of Christmas Present
In sum, half is great, half is meh. It's still worth your money, but it doesn't hit the awesomeness that are the previous volumes.

Publisher: Dark Horse
Year: 2010
Pages: 144
Authors: Eric Powell
ISBN1595826173

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