It's really a remarkable achievement that Goners keeps such a frenetic pace as young Zoe and Josiah Latimer evade monsters while searching for answers as to why their family would be marked for extinction. Jacob Semahn briefly pauses the action to insert some flashbacks that don't deter from the story but actually add depth and additional character development. It's quite a feat considering the number of characters that populate the book on a monthly basis. Goners #3 is still the high octane paranormal adventure that we saw in Goners #1 but we've learned a lot more about the Latimers and especially their man-servant Francis.
Being in the paranormal hunting business is treacherous work. Zoe and Josiah have had to find out the hard way as they get separated from Francis. The kids come off as engaging and funny with genuine affection for each other as they navigate the world without their parents. It would easy and understandable to be angry, distant or abrasive in light of the terrible tragedy that has fallen them but they carry on and support one another. The series wouldn't work as well if they were unlikable but instead they're endearing and worth rooting for.
In a way the same can be said about manservant Francis, the mustached guardian that takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin.' He's committed to keeping them safe and we learn just how loyal and why he risks life and limb to keep the Latimer bloodline alive and well.
The supernatural elements of the series are sometimes comedic and horrific at others. The thrills aren't forced but naturally timed to the story. It's the world that Spielberg, Burton and Dante built that is at the heart of Goners. A mix of the fantastic and the funny that keeps the pulse pounding while sucking the reader in.
Jorge Corona, Steve Wands, and Gabriel Cassata make up an amazing artistic team that give the book such a rich and detailed environment. The heavy lines, the inking and colors all work in such great harmony to build this gorgeous modern gothic world. Even though the character designs have a cartoonish animated look the danger and action is not kid's play.
Goners #3 delivers more thrills in one issue than most books do in an entire arc. Things have gone a little haywire this episode and more dangerous than ever ending in its biggest cliffhanger so far. Grab this book now.