Recently I have been reading Eric Powell’s The Goon. While it does not really avail itself to issues of philosophy or theology — the parallels crossing popular culture on this blog — I have enjoyed the book. It is dark and funny, degenerate in an ingenious way, and has its moments of social criticism I always appreciate. And in The Goon we have one of the greatest antiheros in the graphic novel genre.
Reading on the Dark Horse issues one gets a better idea of The Goon universe and its “eschatology”. It is a world where a “son” is born to carry out a mission of some kind, to overcome an evil or, indeed, Evil itself. What I can gather is that The Goon is that son, how unlikely he seems to fit the part, and along with his shenanigans and local vigilance, is a katechon of one kind or another.
These (highly existential) panels are typical of the dialogue between The Goon and his empty-eyed sidekick Franky (DH issue n:o 18). The Goon’s universe is a nihilistic and violent place, where various undead creatures, mutants, animals, aliens, and robots meet mad scientists and gangsters of all sorts of notoriety. If all or some of this is up you street I can warmly recommend take a look at The Goon.