“The Goon: Rough Stuff” collects the earliest stories of The Goon that were originally published in black and white. Eric goes to great lengths in the introduction to say that this book is not up to the standard of his later work both in terms of Story and writing. I disagree with him here and found both elements to be well up to speed with the later stuff and the newly colored art looks great. Two particular standout stories for goon fans are the introduction to his circus performing family and the back story for how he became the head of a notorious crime family.
The extensive special features and sketches in the back of the book are a real treat and I think the original pencil sketches look even better than the colored art. The artwork is great but the splash pages deserve a special mention as they are awesome. This book is a must buy for Eric Powell and Goon fans. [ISBN-13: 978-1595824684]. 8/10.
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