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If you want more Billy and Becky Butcher content this is for you. If you want more of Hughie and Annie's relationship you'll like it. If you're looking for more The Boys action there is some though not enough to really satisfy. If you pass on it you're not missing anything.
When I heard that Ennis is was doing a follow up to The Boys, as a huge fan of the first run, I was very excited. After reading this series I was completely bored and couldn’t believe this was the follow up.
There is almost no action in this book and what little there is doesn’t make a lot of sense and doesn’t add to the universe at all. The rest of the book is filled with dialogue between Hughie and his childhood friend or Annie. Almost all of that is whiney nonsense, of which Hughie is a master, with the occasional shot at the politic leaders of today.
All in all, if you miss the world of The Boys I suggest you just reread the original run because there isn’t anything here of any consequence.
I was initially going to give Dear Becky 4 stars, but I realised that was only in comparison to all the other entries in The Boys universe, which are all 5-star, to my mind. However, that's not a fair comparison, and Dear Becky deserves its own rating. I really enjoyed reading it, so that has to be a 5-star rating. If the question is whether it adds anything crucial to the overall story of The Boys, then I'd have to say it doesn't particularly. It's a story that didn't really need to be written, if I'm honest. I mean, you can understand why it was, given the success of the Netflix show. It's a background story for Butcher at its heart, and also brings you up to speed with the current lives of Annie and Hughie. But it won't change your feelings or opinions of any of these characters. But that's why I think it's like Downloadable Content for your favourite console game. When you've finished a game you really enjoyed you want more of the same, so you get some DLC. It's usually just more missions in exactly the same vein. And that's what Dear Becky is. However, the point is that this is a chance to see Billy Butcher and the gang up to their old shenanigans and doing what they do best, and I'm always really happy to have that opportunity.
It felt great to hop back into the boys after all this time. The book left me wanting more, Garth Ennis satirical views on the world today are just what we need, I could have kept reading but I suppose all good books leave you feeling that way. Going into this you know its extra content patching pieces of the story together a little more than in the original run, if you go in expecting to read something brand new and completely removed from the boys you are in the wrong mind set, its the boys though so how could you not want more ?
A great continuation of the original Boys series. Now on TV with Karl urban doing the most ridiculous Cockney accent since Dick Van Dyke! Buy this book and all other Garth Ennis stuff - he's marvelous!
A remarkably well-written and deeply characterised tale, returning to the cynical, blood and semen - soaked world of The Boys. It explored how sometimes, love doesn't redeem, but only allows for worse evil. It shows humanity and care and true love-and how in the right circumstances, that can become darker than pure rage. Well worth a read, not for the faint of heart.