Review by: Nick Banks
Writer: Eric Powell
Artist: Eric Powell, John Dunivant
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: October 14, 2015
Rating: 8 out of 10
Synopsis: The Goon finds himself stuck in the Theatre Bizarre at the mercy of Zombo the Clown and burlesque queen Roxi Dlite!
Our Thoughts: Eric Powell’s The Goon is always a delight. The combination of monsters, ghosts, dirty jokes, and bar room brawls is enough to satisfy any horror fan’s appetite. Add the normal mayhem to a Halloween special and you know you are in for more of a treat than a trick. This stand-alone issue acts as a souvenir program of sorts for co-artist John Dunivant’s world-famous Detroit Halloween event The Theatre Bizarre. This event, featuring costumed performers, live music, freak shows, burlesque dancers, and other left of center artists, attracts huge crowds every year to the Motor City.
In this issue, the Goon and Franky find their way into a hellish and alluring carnival and are once again tempted to join the legion of the damned. While the tie-in to the event is an excellent promotion for the real life Theatre Bizarre, the story is not the main attraction here. The art, by Powell and Dunivant, is worth the price of admission to this show. Both artists illustrate some amazing scenes from their Halloween nightmares (or dreams), many of them as full splash pages. The art work has a hint of nostalgia for Halloween celebrations long past and if you are a lover of Powell’s work or Halloween in general, you will not be disappointed.