Hard to believe, but The Goon, Eric Powell’s hilariously over the top retro horror comedy, will celebrate his 25th anniversary in 2024. And to mark the occasion, he’s coming back in a brand new mini-series: The Goon: Them That Don’t Stay Dead.

Powell, who gained acclaim in his Goon hiatus for Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?, will write and illustrate the new series. Craig Davison, a well known illustrator, will provide a special variant cover for The Goon: Them That Don’t Stay Dead #1

The Goon had been appearing in Powell’s own Albatross Funnybooks line in recent years, but last year the line was picked up as an imprint at Dark Horse.

Here’s the logline:

The return to Lonely Street hasn’t been easy for the Goon and Franky. And just as they’ve finally got the various gangs of bloodsuckers and night stalkers back in line, and they can finally relax with a nice night out bowling, a new threat appears. One that will shake the very foundations of Nameless Town. Also, Spider gets hooked on the junk. Drama! 

It only speaks to the depravity and moral bankruptcy of the average comic reader that I have been able to continue this reprehensible book (off and on) for 25 years. And I love them for it,” said Powell in a statement. “My enthusiasm for these characters hasn’t waned and I’m glad it seems the same goes for the loyal readers. And it’s also only fitting that this anniversary series coincides with its return to longtime publisher Dark Horse Comics. COMICS! HIGH FIVE! … (You’re not posting up. Don’t leave me hangin’.)”

Despite the depravity, Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson shared in the joy over the news. “Eric Powell and The Goon are old friends of Dark Horse, and I’m extremely happy to have them back with us. The Goon is a special, one-of-a-kind character, and it’s fitting to see him return in a new miniseries in his 25th year. The horror and humor of Lonely Street are timeless, and I’m looking forward to joining The Goon and Franky on some new adventures.” 

The Goon: Them That Don’t Stay Dead #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on March 20, 2024. It is now available to pre-order at your local comic shop for $4.99.

Craig Davison the goon
Craig Davison’s variant cover for issue #1