"Goners #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Jacob Semahn
Illustrated by Jorge Corona
2014, 32 Pages, $2.99
Comic released on November 19th, 2014
Zoe and Josiah were probably the cool kids in their school. They come from the fabled Latimer family, the blood line tasked with keeping the world safe from all kinds of supernatural baddies. Their parents turned this into a TV show that seemed widely successful...until they were brutally murdered on air. Now the kids are huddled at the local police station, under attack from a variety of monsters out to eliminate the Latimers once and for all. I guess it makes sense that this comic is called Goners.
This issue jumps right into the action. Last month left off with a bunch of supernatural creatures literally knocking on the door. When we dive in here, the battle has begun. Blood and sinew is flying. It's gruesome. Zoe and Josiah can't offer much help, instead relying on Detective Lyle McCarthy and his police force, not to mention the impressive abilities of the Latimer manservant Francis. Seriously, Francis would give Brock Samson from The Venture Bros a run for his money. This guy is a total badass.
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The bulk of this issue is one big fight scene, showcasing the real danger that the kids are in. Whatever spells or enchantments were keeping them safe before vanished when their parents died. Now every tall, dark, and gruesome monster is gunning for them. Jorge Corona does a brilliant job with the artwork here. You can almost see everything moving as the children run through the bedlam, seeking safety just ahead of the ravenous beasts fighting McCarthy and Francis. There's an impressive double-page spread that can be used as the visual definition of chaos. Monsters are everywhere, even crawling the walls and leaping down from the ceilings. All of the officers are covered in blood, though it looks like most of it is not their own.
The blood flows in bucket loads in Goners. Outside of the flashback scenes, I don't think there's a blood-free panel in the book. Speaking of the flashbacks, these are interspersed throughout the issue, adding bits and pieces of backstory to the Latimers. They're happier times despite the fact that the parents were these adventurers tasked with protecting the world from the dark arts. These are shown with a much lighter color scheme, as if they're old photographs that were just uncovered in the memories of the children.
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There's a healthy mix of humor with the horror throughout the issue. There are brief moments of comic relief that feel natural and never take away from the seriousness of the situation. These help cement the fact that although there are monsters everywhere and things are pretty gruesome, these are still kids we're talking about.
There are still many unanswered questions in Goners, but there's so much excitement packed into the first two issues that you don't notice them all piling up. This isn't to say that the book is confusing. It's very straightforward in what's going on. We just don't know why these things are happening or who is behind all this bloodshed. Someone is hunting down the Latimers, looking to eliminate the family altogether, thus leaving the world unprotected from supernatural threats. Although they're only children, Zoe and Josiah have targets on their backs and they'll be forced to grow up quickly in order to survive.
Goners is a perfect mix of horror and adventure. It's a fast paced comic that begins with breakneck speed and never lets up.