Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we look at the 2006 Goon Noir mini-series from Dark Horse Comics (and, of course, Dwight T. Albatross)
Eric Powell’s The Goon is one of the most consistently entertaining ongoing comic book that there in in the comic book industry today. In Goon Noir, we get a chance to see other writers and artists take a crack at writing the Goon (who is a brute who cleverly tricks everyone into thinking he is an enforcer for an unseen crime boss while really he runs the organization himself) and Frankie (the Goon’s demented and dim-witted sidekick) and their world of 1930s-esque characters mixed with ghouls, zombies and giant spiders!
The amount of talent (from the world of comics AND the world of comedy) collected in this series is remarkable…
Patton Oswalt wrote a story drawn by Mike Ploog!
Bill Morrison wrote and and drew a story!
Steve Niles wrote a story drawn by Ryan Sook!!
John Arcudi wrote a story drawn by Kevin Nowlan!
Roger Langridge wrote and drew a story!
Scott Allie wrote a story drawn by Todd Herman!
Hilary Barta wrote and drew a story!
Arvid Nelson wrote a story drawn by Humberto Ramos!
Brian Posehn wrote a story drawn by Tony Moore!!
Thomas Lennon wrote a story drawn by Guy Davis!
Plus, Tom Sniegoski wrote a story (drawn by Eric Powell himself!) that takes place over the three issues of the series.
Just re-read that lineup above. That’s some heavy duty stuff, right? How can you pass that up? Do you really need me to show you some samples? Isn’t that list enough? You still want some samples? Fair enough!
Here’s a bit from Bill Morrison’s tale, where Goon and Franky discover that they are (without their permission, of course) starring in a comic book…
Patton Oswalt got a chance to perfectly capture the predictable unpredictability of Frankie when Frankie begins to lose his “sidekick” status as the Goon starts hanging out with a guy who has a head growing out growing out of his cheek (great work by Mike Ploog capturing all of the inspired grossness of this scene)…
It must have been wonderful to actually get to write “Knife to the Eye!”
Sniegoski and Powell do a strong three-parter based on perhaps the best background Goon characters, the seemingly innocent (but not at all) orphans…
Finally, Arcudi and Nowlan show us the problems when you have a giant spider roast the Goon…
Go pick this one up, people!!!
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