Welcome back to another edition of Bitrot Reviews. We’re still reeling from the mid-season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as the Flash and Arrow mid-season finales as well as the cross-over event. S.H.I.E.L.D. was outstanding and it revealed some major changes. Too bad about Trip, though. Flash was exciting for the reveal but neither The Girlfriend nor I think it’s that simple but our reasons were different. And Arrow was decent even if the ending should lead to the Lazarus Pit. Overall a great week for comic book television. For the column, we have twelve new releases. And, as always, titles are scored on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the very best.
The Goon An Occasion For Revenge – Issue 4 (of 4)
(Dark Horse Comics)
Longtime readers of my columns will know that I’m a big fan of this series. Even though it’s published only sporadically, I still think it’s one of the better books being released. There is a great deal of attention given to book by writer/artist Eric Powell. He’s created an interesting character in the Goon. Just the right amount of depth for a classic anti-hero. The stories are, usually, very entertaining. There tends to be excitement and horror. Mixed with a fair amount of humor and just the right amount of meta/winking at the reader. Plus the artwork is generally excellent.
This issue concludes the current story-line about the war between the Goon and his team against the witches. Much of the issue deals with several double-crosses by one of the Harpies and it’s devastating. The Kid’s fate isn’t clear but the implication is. And something special happens with The Goon’s heart being broken. It was monumental and superbly handled. Plus, there was a revelation that the fight that seemed to end in the prior issue actually was over. This story was a classic misdirection and that made it all the more interesting for what it sets up. The art continues to be excellent. Same with the cover.