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The Boys #17

Posted by lordcomicguy on April 10, 2008

                                              

  Pull the blinds down, put the kiddies to bed and plop down in your favorite chair ‘cause it’s Mature Reader time with The Boys! Thanks to the deviously delicious writing of Garth Ennis and the solid pencils of Darick Robertson, we have the most enjoyable guilty pleasure read since The Preacher (which was ALSO done by Ennis). In fact, I’ll even say that this book stretches the boundaries of extreme even farther than Preacher did!

 

In The Boys #17, we are into Part three of the current “Good For The Soul” four-part arc, where the theme of the story is past regrets and new beginnings. Wee Hughie, the Simon Pegg look-alike, is the centerpiece of this arc as he is directed to clean up a little bit of dirty work from an earlier mission, namely re-killing the newly resurrected Blarney Cock. All the while, he begins a relationship with the newest member of The Seven (this worlds Justice League-types), Starlight, though he isn’t aware of her superhuman abilities/identity.

 

This issue, like the series as a whole, is about the most enjoyable book out there for those not faint of heart. It’s funny and violent yet surprisingly deep and touching at times. Ennis is just one of the more brilliant writers out there today and my favorite by far. There is just this sense of true reality to his writing. Yeah, he has superheroes and extreme situations but there always is consequence for the actions in his books. The heroes may mostly win but it’s most always a victory that takes a bit out of everyone and sticks with the “heroes”. Besides, what other book is going to leave you wondering if a zombie is going to stick a hamster up his arse?

 

Writer: Garth Ennis

Pencils: Darick Robertson

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Price: $2.99

                                          THE CORNER RATING: 9 out of 10

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The Boys #15

Posted by lordcomicguy on March 17, 2008

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  If you’re a fan of wanton violence, witty banter and gratuitous T&A, then the Boys is the book for you. Brought to you by my favorite comic book writer, Garth Ennis, The Boys takes every traditional superhero book and gives them the middle finger. It’s a more realistic look at what our world would look like if the skies were peppered with people in tights, so don’t come looking for ‘truth justice and the American way’ in this book, as it’s corruption, body count, and screwing abound.

  If you’re new to the series then you can’t pick a better starting point than this issue, #15, as its part one of a new arc called Good for the soul. This issue mainly centers on Starlight, the newest member of America’s premier superhero team, the Seven, as she struggles to adapt to the realities of ‘life in the big leagues’. For those not familiar with her, Starlight comes from a highly religious super-team called the Young Americans. She was invited to join the Seven after the LampLighter left the team and eagerly pounced on the offer to do some real good for the world…or so she believed.

  Invited up to the Seven’s flying base, Starlight is exposed to the self-serving ways of the team, in both an emotional and a physical sense as she is forced to give oral sex to three of the male members in order to become a member. It’s downhill from there as everything she believes in is stripped bare amidst the reality of ‘corporate superhero’. With her belief in, well, just about everything shattered, Starlight finds herself lost as to what she really wants to do with her life.

  In a nutshell, this book rocks. Ennis and artist/co-creator Darick Robertson have really hit the ground running with this series. It’s both real and fresh…a nice mix of everything Ennis did right in The Preacher, only turned up a notch or two. Kudo’s to Dynamite for having the testicular fortitude to put this book out where Wildstorm/DC comics didn’t and pulled the plug after 6 issues. Make sure to join me next month as I keep you updated on this new arc as well as give you the breakdown of every major player to be found within these pages!

Writer: Garth Enis

Pencils: Darick Robertson

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Price: $2.99

 

                                                   THE CORNER RATING: 9 out of 10

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