The Boys: v. 1Paperback
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- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 170mm x 258mm x 9mm | 354g
- Publication date: 22 June 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1845764943
- ISBN 13: 9781845764944
- Illustrations note: colour comic strip illustrations
- Sales rank: 18,384
From the dark and twisted mind of Garth Ennis, co-creator of "Preacher" and "Hitman", and the savage pencil of Darick Robertson, artist of "Transmetropolitan", comes a darkly hilarious story that will change the way you look at superheroes forever!Meet Billy Butcher. He's not a nice man, and neither are his team: the Frenchman, Mother's Milk, and the Female. They hate "capes"...and so does Billy's newest recruit, Wee Hughie, whose girlfriend has just become collateral damage in a super-brawl. But does Hughie know what he's getting into?This hugely controversial new series - which caused an uproar upon original publication - explores the sordid side of superheroics! Warning: Adults Only!
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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of Hellblazer, Hitman, Punisher, Preacher, Pride and Joy and War Stories. He is much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style. Darick Robertson is the critically acclaimed artist and co-creator of Transmetropolitan. He is also the artist on Fury and Punisher (both with Garth Ennis), and the creator of Space Beaver.
By 365 Graphic Novels 29 Jun 2013
The postmodern genre of superhero bashing is now firmly established but this was one of the titles that helped create it. The premise is that people who acquire superpowers, like people who win the lottery or are elected to positions of power, tend to go off the rails. When society can't tell you what to do any more you lean towards base human weakness. When you have superpowers you are opened up to a whole new realm of excess and depravity - and with Garth Ennis at the helm this gets very depraved indeed. To combat these untouchables a special team is needed and these are the "Boys" of the title.
It has a slow, but shocking, start as we are introduced to the team and what they are up against through the induction of its newest member. There are lots of references to things that have gone before and people who are no longer with us. This builds up our interest as we are drip-fed enough information to keep us guessing. The characters are intriguing and the superheroes are less than heroic, making them easy to deplore. As the storyline progresses the methods the Boys must use get less wholesome and it does make you wonder if the watchers will become as bad as the watched.
The art is superb with great facial expressions as there is a lot of shock and disgust to portray. The depravity mentioned is frequent but not pornographic. It manages to horrify and titillate in equal measure as there are enough visual clues to make your dirty mind run riot.
This is a good start to what promises to be a grand spectacle of a story that is both shockingly entertaining and subtly thought provoking. Thumbs Up!
By Jackie Baker 21 Jul 2010
There are comic book writers, and then there is Garth Ennis. He doesn't just write comic books; he creates a new mythology and spins dark fables around them. The Boys is such a mythology. Superheroes have the failings of normal humans, magnified a thousandfold. They need someone to keep them in line, and The Boys fit the bill. Arching from tragedy to farce, nostalgia to hysteria, Ennis' tale of The Boys is incredible. Darkly lampooning the heroes we grew up with, while giving us some anti-heroes to support, Ennis weaves his tale with customary skill. Anyone who read Preacher needs to read The Boys, and be amazed that Ennis has surpassed his previous work. Read the whole series for less that Ã??Ã?Â£100 at The Book depository: you will not be disappointed.