The Goon, Volume 8: Those That Is Damned
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The Goon, Volume 8: Those That Is Damned (The Goon TPB #8)

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The town on the edge of HorseEater's Wood is permeated by all manner of dark things hatred, fear, unhappiness, demons, and the undead (to name a few) brought on by a curse that has festered within the forest for many years. The Goon himself was drawn by the power of the curse, but his soul is not consumed by this bleak place, and he discovers that he is the only hope for h...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Dark Horse Books (first published June 23rd 2005)
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Uremawife Nowdave
I wish Powell was the sole writer for Goon. When he gets in his stride with a story arc his writing is dark, menacing and hilarious. If James Ellroy wrote L'il Abner while huffing ether it would be a lot like Goon. Unfortunately I feel that the other writers that fill this volume (and many of the previous collections) are actually a detriment to the overall quality. They read like what they are, padding. I understand how difficult a monthly deadline must be and the necessity to fill a comic, but...more
Sam Quixote
Half of this book continues the main Goon story with Labrazio returned somehow from the dead and waging war on Goon and co. with Mr Wicker and a host of former baddies Goon's tangled with in tow. The second half is made of short stories from other artists and writers about Goon and his world.

First half is excellent with Eric Powell's writing becoming as brilliant as his artwork. There's a wonderful, if tragic, story of how Horse-Eater's Woods came to be and the war for Lonely Street begins in e...more
Orrin Grey
The Goon is a pretty big deal these days, and with good reason. The first four or five Goon collections are aces. But starting with Chinatown and moving forward, my interest in the series has waned pretty sharply.

I missed a volume in-between Chinatown and this one, but the storyline is pretty easy to pick up. The problem is, while everyone's tragic backstories work pretty well when they're parceled out amidst all the usual hoopla of a Goon comic, when they take center stage and start to become t...more
Gabriel Wallis
The Goon: Those That Is Damned was an entertaining graphic novel. The writing's great, the art's great, and the storyline is just fun to read. Looking forward to the next Goon graphic novel, The Goon: Calamity of Conscience. This graphic novel seemed like an intro into another storyline. The Goon declares war on Labrazio.
Five stars for the main story; three stars for the filler stor(ies). Goon universe mythology is getting darker and more depressing each volume, but it totally draws me in. It makes more and more sense, and is like the best noir - a train wreck of inevitable sadness that you just can't stop watching.

I'm sad that Powell was so ga-ga about his heroes and fellow writers/illustrators that he'd let them soak up so much page count on stuff I could really care less about. Some of the writers don't have...more
Kenny Porter
With every volume of "The Goon" that I read I fall in love with it more and more.
I know lots of people love this series. This was my first try with it. Not my thing.
Aug 07, 2011 Jarlos added it
while some books that start silly make a mistake in taking their own mythology too seriously, The Goon instead took a great book and made it brilliant in doing so. the story of the characters has become so rich and clever and brutally haunting, it rivals Hellboy in it's mystic history. Whe death of another enjoyable character and the first sense that there really is a cohesive and dangerous rogues gallery, the combination of vol. 7 and 8 made me realize The Goon should be ranked as one of the be...more
Feb 06, 2010 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Amazing art, good story. The Will Eisner-inspired first issue giving more back story to The Buzzard is wonderful, as is the gruesome ending to the third issue. It's too bad there's only four issues in this volume--getting halfway through the book to see a slew of back-up stories was a letdown, but those stories are surprisingly fine, especially the connected stories at the end. They provide a lighthearted counter to the increasingly dour main story.
Eric Powell's "Goon" has become absolutely amazing.Since the "Chinatown" volume, the character is now fully developed and the mixture of humor, horror and pathos is pitch perfect.

The problem with this volume is the collection of stories from other comic writers who aren't able to combine all those elements as deftly as Powell has.
"The Goon" has gained a great deal of emotional depth, but as it has done so it has lost much of the out-of-left-field zaniness that made it so much fun. "The Goon" remains a solid read, but is no longer quite the supreme joy it used to be.
Typical great Goon--delves more into the history of Horse-Eaters Wood and more twists with Labrazio. Was not a fan of the other sections with various artists. Somehow, it doesn't translate as well in other hands.
Loved everything about the GOON story, proper. But I only ever enjoy the shorter stories by different authors and artists as parodies. So, ★★★★ of 5.
Stunning artwork that improves greatly along with the story that breaks up tension masterfully with old timey blue comedy.
The story takes some dark turns, with some side trips down the alleyways of oddity.
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Eric Powell has contributed work on such comics titles as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Hellboy: Weird Tales, Star Wars Tales, The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, The Avengers, The Hood, MAD Magazine, Devil Dinosaur, Swamp Thing, the Avengers, She-Hulk, the Simpsons, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell and Action Comics.

Although eking out a meager living in the comics field since 1995, Eric didn't find...more
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