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The Goon, Volume 0: Rough Stuff (The Goon TPB 0)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  2,012 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
The nameless man, the zombie priest, had come to town to build a gang from the undead. But even the undead fear The Goon.
Paperback, Second Edition, 104 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Dark Horse Books (first published March 1st 2004)
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Aug 03, 2011 Adam rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The "rough stuff" in the title refers to the fact that Eric Powell considers this, his earliest work on "The Goon," not nearly as polished as the later stuff.

This is the first thing I've ever read by Powell, so I can only comment on it. This volume contains the original three issues of "The Goon" that he wrote and drew, as well as some strips originally published on After his book was canceled, he self-published his material. Eventually, Dark Horse comics picked up the series, and T
Mad Tom

"Knife to the eye!"

So this is pre-Goon Goon. The first three issues before The Goon was cancelled, self published, then picked up by Dark Horse. Powell claims the artwork is rough and the writing poorly plotted, but I disagree. While the artwork becomes more refined over time, it's still super cool looking. And like my fellow reviewer Mike says, Powell already plants seeds that take root later in Volume 1, such as how Fishy Pete loses his arm and leg, the beginning of the non sequitur "knife to
May 26, 2013 Magila rated it really liked it
It's hard to give the author/illustrator a hard time since he sets the stage by telling you this isn't his best work. Instead, it's an opportunity to learn more about an interesting character which has become popular.

So, it's not the cleanest art. The characters are not completely realized. Yup. But at the same time this is about a character that is like no other - and it sort of sets the stage with an "origin" story.

I loved the noire, sci-fi concept. Zombies, gangsters, gore, oh my. And a gia
Jan 04, 2009 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Eric Powell's own words, his later work "makes this stuff look like crap." But I have to disagree. "Rough Stuff" is one of my favorite Goon books, with experiments dribbling out of the corners and a sense of gravity amongst the chaos (yes, gravity) that works, in small doses, in ways that his later, "serious" Goon book ("Chinatown") just can't recapture. For the unintiated, Goon is a gangster book where the gangsters deal with zombies and other supernatural malarky, and it's really funny, bre ...more
Aug 20, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: creator-owned
Great stories and art - Powell claims this is bad compared to all his later work but I still found it amusing *and* well-plotted and drawn. The fact that he's already workin plot points through multiple stories is a huge leap even the pros don't always have in them. And some awfully crazy monster concepts show up.
May 15, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-in-paper
What do you get when you add zombies, the 1930s in the U.S., some old creatures (sissy vampires, drunk werewolves, a fishy sailor dude...) and rough humour together?

Sep 29, 2011 Mohammed rated it liked it
Recommended to Mohammed by: Adam Lounsbery
The art is really nice. The stories are gory and vulgar but they are fun.

Some comics i buy for the art mostly and The Goon is like that.

Hilarious hilarious hilarious
May 29, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So funny I nearly wet myself. A great comic.
Funny...and weird. And funny!

Oct 15, 2016 Campo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun little read, quick too.

It contains the 3 self published issues of the Goon before it got a shiny home at Dark Horse to publish it.

It's fun, zombies, apes, werewolves all in the middle of the depression fighting Goon and his crazy sidekick Frankie.

The humor is there, it never takes itself that serious but it's a funny action packed read.

I'll be probably buying the library edition that was released a while back.
Aug 14, 2014 JB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eric Powell's first three issues of The Goon and a couple of short stories from the website.

I was walking through my local library when The Goon volume 1 caught my eye. I flipped through it and just when I was about to add it to my pile of books to take home, I saw Volume 0 "Rough Stuff". My plan that day was to only pick up first volumes so that I could try out a bunch of stories and then decide what stories I would continue reading afterward. So I put volume 1 back and picked up volume 0.

Oct 24, 2016 47Time rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-fiction
There's a bunch of wierdness in this comic, starting with the detaled and caricaturized style of the artwork, going through the 'story' and ending with the kinda 30's gangster dialogue. The idea of zombies, vampires and other monsters is satirized in some cases to great effect. Zombies eat brains, but are mindless themselves and are led by a zombie with a bone to pick with Goon. There are giant zombie apes, two-headed zombies, zombie gangsters. There is a vampire whose dialogue is bombastic and ...more
Gabriel Wallis
Feb 18, 2014 Gabriel Wallis rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
"The Goon: Rough Stuff" contained some of the first illustrations that The Goon's creator Eric Powell did of The Goon. The art's a little rough, but it's still as entertaining as ever. I first read "The Goon: Chinatown and the Mystery of Mr. Wicker" (volume 6), as suggested by Dark Horse's publisher Mike Richardson, then read "The Goon: Rough Stuff" (volume 0), and the difference in the art is amazing. Eric Powell has definitely progressed over the years. The storyline was great too, especially ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
For being a not-ridiculously deep or nuanced comic, it takes a while to explain just what The Goon is. He's a mostly heroic figure, except for being a mob enforcer. He fights zombies, but in a funny way. And killing his enemies only helps the zombies, since they can just revive any dead villains.
This first volume does a stellar job of explaining The Goon is a straightforward narrative. Unfortunately, it's not nearly as zany or polished as later Goon comics, so while it greatly introduces the cha
East Bay J
Apr 29, 2008 East Bay J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I'd seen a short Goon story years ago but had more or less forgotten about it when I found myself in a comic shop last Saturday. It was the first time I'd been in a comic shop in several years. Seeing a bunch of issues of The Goon on the shelves brought back that short story and how much I liked it. The writing is something Keith Giffen or Alan Grant would get a kick out of and the art is somewhere between Sam Keith, Simon Bisley, Mike Mignola, Will Eisner and Bernie Wrightson. Eric Powell does ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Tracey rated it liked it
In the intro to this "volume 0," a sheepish Eric Powell admits that this early incarnation of the Goon is not his best. Maybe not, but it's definitely good. Gross, to be sure--it's full of zombies, beatings, and partial dismemberment--but funny, tongue-in-cheek and even clever-funny. The humor is as adult-oriented as the violence, just like the way that many early animated cartoons were for adults. Some of Goon's backstory turns serious with a twist that demands another volume to cover it. But o ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This volume shows the original three issues of the Goon. These ideas were fleshed out in both The Goon, Volume 1: Nothin' But Misery and The Goon, Volume 2: My Murderous Childhood but it's interesting to see the more primordial form of the character and the plot. Good mix of humor and action, and a gleefully self-ascribed "stupid" comic.
I'm really of two minds about The Goon. On one hand, the art is great and some of the dialogue is really funny. On the other, it is sometimes crassly (and unnecessarily) violent, seemingly just to shock and titillate the reader. Apparently, this particular collection represents a very early, self-published take on the character, which the author (according to his introduction) is somewhat embarrassed about. As such, I'll give some of the later collections a try, just to see whether the elements ...more
Oct 23, 2007 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels
I got introduced to The Goon when Dark Horse Comics did one of their 25 cent runs of a Goon story; and I was hooked. The Goon is a great mash between 1940's gangsters, Noir, violence, zombies, and drunken yarns. This is a great starting point for anyone interested in The Goon or anyone looking to find out Goons origins. When I read this book I got the feeling that I was witnessing something very special and unique being created. The creator Eric Powell and Goon grow into their own genius over th ...more
John Wiswell
A friend of mine dropped a collection of The Goon books in my lap this month. These early chapters show anarchic promise but aren't terribly well formed. You can only read so many tragic flashbacks and watch the brawny protagonist get tied up so many times. It's especially cloying when these things make you depart the present Zombies Vs. Mobsters plot and the bar featuring a hilarious sidekick and a reluctant werewolf. You get the desire for Powell to streamline his story and stick to the good p ...more
Jaime Guzman
The very first graphic novel that introduces "The Goon". The Goon is secretly the head of a notorious crime family who is posing as a bone- breaker and money man. Mix in some horror that includes an evil witch doctor crime boss from an opposing gang along with some zombies and you get a unique story line. Gruesome, funny, and at times touching. This is Eric Powell's first go at this strangely unique character and the art work isn't as defined as his later work. This shouldn't detract from the ov ...more
Feather Mista
Este comic abarca mucho y aprieta bastante también. No llega a ser una locura de divertido o gracioso pero sí de lo más entretenido, con un dibujo y un guion que dan muchísimo juntos, seguramente más de lo que darían por separado. Me enganchó lo suficiente como para mandarme tres libros de corrido, lástima que ahora no recuerde bien qué contaban en cada uno y seguro deje reviews bastante parecidas entre sí... :P
Oct 17, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix-novel
The Goon is a Depression era urban Frankenstein who has an unquenchable thirst for punch ups and assorted violence. He reminds me more than a little bit of Marv from Sin City but I think The Goon has more soul.

Monsters in this volume include a 15 foot tall Zombie Chimp, Fishy Pete the gigantic seafarin' peg-leg hook-clawed killer, and a pee shy Two Headed Zombie. All that was missing was the Cannibal Hobo Camp, but that'll turn up in the next volume.:)
Apr 02, 2013 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I had previously read Goon vol. 6: Chinatown. I found that one pretty interesting, so I thought I'd go back and start the series from the beginning. I'm thinking that may have been a mistake. Obviously Eric Powell had matured in his writing, storyline, and art. I gave this *** because it showed promise, if I'd read this first I'd probably give it ** and not read any more. I may come back to this series, but I have several other authors on my hot list to read first.
Apr 13, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The "rough stuff" here referring to the early work that Powell did before the Goon character/story was fully realized and polished. Powell says this stuff is "crap" compared to the later stuff; however, I have to disagree. There is something raw and awesome about these first 3 issues. There's great timing in here - moments of real gravity perfectly dropped between all the humor and gore. I really enjoyed this early work.
Trey Jackson
Aug 14, 2011 Trey Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, comics, spooky
Had heard a lot about the Goon but never read it -- even though the artist has a big disclaimer talking about how rough this volume of early work is, it's thoroughly fucking entertaining. Rough-and-tumble, semi-cartoony comics about a tough guy punching the shit out of zombies, vampires, fish-men, G-men and all other manner of monsters, talking shit all the while. I'll be looking to read more.
Sep 26, 2012 Valissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library

for such a violent and terrifying comic I loved it, for the subtle wit, the golden-hearted psychopaths, and for all the fill-in-you-own-joke punchlines. the premise never gets old, the character has a depth and a warmth that makes even watching little old ladies get teabagged and sucker-punched a heart-warming episode. definitely joining the House of Flail shelves.
Christian McKay
After I saw the preview for the new Goon movie, I was too excited not to rush out and give the comics a go. But boy, "Rough Stuff" is right. There are a few interesting ideas here, but it feels unpolished, amateurish, and never shies away from the easy gag. Kind of like early Cerebus. I'll probably check out one of the later Goon volumes and see if there isn't something a bit more advanced.
Jul 21, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of the first three comics featuring the Goon and Co. introduces the reader to most of the major players in the world and explains the reasons and source behind the severed head in the first portion of Vol. 1. While rough around the edges in comparison to later works, this book is still a must read for anyone interested in this series.
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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
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Other Books in the Series

The Goon TPB (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Goon, Volume 1: Nothin' but Misery
  • The Goon, Volume 2: My Murderous Childhood (and Other Grievous Yarns)
  • The Goon, Volume 3: Heaps of Ruination
  • The Goon, Volume 4: Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof
  • The Goon, Volume 5: Wicked Inclinations
  • The Goon, Volume 6: Chinatown and The Mystery of Mr. Wicker
  • The Goon, Volume 7: A Place of Heartache and Grief
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