An old single engine propeller plane carrying a pin-up model and a little person crash in a swamp. Through a series of flashback images, it appears they are not nice people. They go into town to an old theatre where they are attacked by harpies. The harpies hold them and they talk to a butter face lady. Sorry, THE Butterface Lady. The model then appears to have sex with the harpies.
Cut to an old lady and a reporter talking and there’s a gold statue of a cherub peeing on a penguin. Then Franky pees on the old lady and he and the Goon steal the truck with the statue. They also blow up the old lady.
At the bar, Franky beats up a guy and a giant spider tells Goon to check out the harpy theater.
The Goon and Franky go to the harpie theater where they are recognized as the statue theives.
The model comes out and does a strip dance and some guy tries to shoot Goon. Goon beats the guy up while Franky falls for the model. The model steals the statue.
Franky runs after the model while Goon beats up the harpies. The model distracts and beats up Franky.
The model steals a hot air balloon and several ladies with tommy guns show up . Franky gets between the model and the guns as the balloon takes off. Franky is knocked off the balloon with the statue while the head tommy gun lady loses her clothes. The model gets away in the balloon while the Goon goes away with the tommy gun ladies.
Franky is left staring at the sunset all alone.
What’s on the cover?
A kissing booth with an attractive lady. The Goon and Franky are behind her, breaking a piggy bank and stealing cash from a wallet respectively.
How’s the pictures?
Quite honestly, some of the most imaginative art in comics. An exaggerated almost caricature style that uses heavy lines and colors to great effect, this art stretches shadows and figures into wondrous creations. The images seem to float as if painted (most are) on the page, perfectly arranged to tell the story they are meant to tell.
What really happened?
Pretty much the same story as above, with the exception that the “pin-up” model I guessed is really a representation of Roxi Dlite, a famous burlesque dancer that... Best not to go into. But if you get bored and feel like googling somebody, she gives awesome google. That was dirty. I’m not sorry.
Did I like it?
You bet your ass. I will say this right now, if not for this comic and Eric Powell, I would not be reading comics at all right now. I had stopped for a bunch of years, and somebody came up to me on the street, threw the hardback of “Chinatown” in my face and screamed “READ THIS, YOU PRICK!” I did and went down to the local comic book shop and devoured everything “Goon” I could. I would have told this to Mr. Powell when I met him at 2010 DragonCon, but I was too busy shaking like a six foot three, 250 pound little girl to get the words out. He must have understood, though, as instead of calling security he signed three books from me and shook my hand. I ran away leaving no impression whatsoever. I have not changed, and it’s best if I just don’t meet anybody I respect. That's not true. I've lost weight.
As for this issue, though? Yes. More sexy and less whimsy (if that’s what The Goon is), this book is grounded in a good ole fashioned evil burlesque gold statue stealing heist with a little love thrown in. What’s not to like?