Written by Guy Hasson
Art by Guillermo Ramirez
Published by New World Comics
Goof #1 introduces us to Captain Gorgeous, Earth’s Goofiest Superhero. He’s a hero with a power set that would make Superman jealous, but that’s as far as his impressive features go. He’s a hero that no one wants to save the day; he’s a joke to the citizens of his city, to the press, and worst of all…to his family. The Captain is forever hopeful though, as he thinks he’s found the love of his life, who ‘enchanted’ him, in a random woman he saw on the street whilst trying to stop a runaway bus. If it were only so easy that he could sweep her off of her feet and ride off into the sunset…but it’s pretty obvious that that won’t happen!
This book is an absolute riot. I found myself laughing out loud during several of the panels, especially a certain event towards the end of the issue in which the Captain leaves his mark in a hilarious way in the middle of the street. It’s moments like that where the book really shines, while he’s trying to hero his way around town, it’s great watching new ways for him to flub it up. I did find the book took me out of its element whenever Captain Gorgeous was dealing with the people in his life. Whenever his family was, I want to say picking on him but that’s not quite the word for it, when his family was flat out bullying him I really found myself hating them for it; it just seemed like it was a little too much. The rest of the book was filled with a really light-hearted humor that I have no problem saying I LOVED, which is why I’m so adamantly against how negative the people in the Captain’s personal life really were towards him.
The art was pretty exceptional in this issue. It was really cartoony, which is totally ok because the story itself is extremely cartoony too. It’s great when the art can match the story it’s telling as well as it does in Goof. I can’t wait to see how zany, and Wile E. Coyote-ish some of Captain Gorgeous’s mishaps will be. It’s only going to get better from here!
This is definitely a book to look out for! You can find the New World Comics app on iTunes now! The link is here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/new-worlds-comics/id700320110. Aside from a few missteps, Goof is a hilarious, mature reader’s only book that has a definite charm to it. I love that it takes a new look at the story of the modern day superhero, including a hilarious look inside his origin and where Captain Gorgeous’s goofy name came from! While it isn’t perfect, in the end Goof #1 succeeds at what it’s trying to be: a funny, slapstick approach to a new hero.
4 out of 5 nerds