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[The Boys : Vol 4 : We Gotta Go Now] – (Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson)
May 11, 2010, 5:29 am
Filed under: 7 stars, Darick Robertson, Garth Ennis, The Boys

Volume 4 of the Boys has the story of the super hero “G” teams and the Boys attempts to deal with them.  Hughie ends up going under cover with the most unbelievably depraved teen G team with nasty consequences. Just like the rest of the series it is filled with profanity, nudity, disgusting acts and outrageous violence. It has a few laughs but is generally a little more serious than the previous 3 novels.  “We Gotta Go Now” is a little slow at times but it has some great character development and builds up to a really good ending. Darick Robertsons art is really good and some of the extras drawn by guest artists are really well drawn too.  Volume 4 isn’t quite as good as the previous 3 Volumes  but it is still a great read  and if you enjoyed the first 3 you will enjoy this one. [ISBN-13: 978-1606900352]. 7/10

[The Boys Vol. 3: Good for the Soul] – (Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson)
April 8, 2010, 2:55 am
Filed under: 7 stars, Darick Robertson, Garth Ennis, The Boys
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series so I had high hopes for part 3.   This is a really good book and has some very funny (not politically correct) moments. It is as good as the first two books but took a while to get going. Ennis takes a very risky storyline in this issue (think 911) but manages to pull it off with some excellent political satire. This book does a good job of fleshing out Wee Hughie and explaining the superhero back story. This volume collects issues 15-22 of the Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. (ISBN-13: 978-1933305929). 8/10

[The Boys Vol 2 : Get Some] – (Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson)
April 7, 2010, 6:18 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Darick Robertson, Garth Ennis, The Boys

This second Edition of The Boys collects issues 7-14 .  This novel features two story arcs that are both really good. The first story is a sort of detective story where the Boys try to find the killer of a young boy and just how the mighty Tek-Knight is involved. It is a well written story that does a great job of fleshing out the characters developed in the first novel. Just like the first novel it does step on the toes of many taboos but it is done in such a way as to be entertaining rather than shocking. It moves the overall plot along nicely.

The second story involves the team flying into Russia to solve the mystery of  exploding “Supes”.  This is a fantastic story with great characters and backdrops. My favorite  character was  the ex Russian Superhero “Love Sausage” who has some fantastic one liners that had me laughing out loud.

“Get Some” is violent, crude, gory and way off being even partially politically correct. Ennis is on top of his game here and he is complemented by Robertson’s superb artwork. [ISBN-13: 978-1933305684]. 8/10

[The Boys Vol. 1: The Name of the Game] – (Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson)
April 6, 2010, 6:12 am
Filed under: 9 stars, Darick Robertson, Garth Ennis, The Boys

Garth Ennis steps up the violence, profanity and nudity another notch in this excellent graphic novel series.  Although it is in some ways more  risky than even “the Preacher”  it makes light of it.  The “Boys” is about a group of misfits that exist to keep Superheroes in check. This is very much an anti superhero book and they are definitely painted as the villains. This is a very funny and well written novel and it has plenty of shock value too.  The character development is top notch and the British bulldog “Terror” is an absolute star. Special mention must go to Darick Robertsons artwork that really is perfectly suited to this story.[ISBN-13: 978-1933305738]. 9/10