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Taking things to a whole other level
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2008
Good For the Soul, the third collected volume of Garth Ennis' The Boys, takes Ennis' riff on superheroes to a whole new level. In the midst of finding himself in a surprising new relationship, Hughie learns the origins of big-time corporation Vought-American and their ties to the superhuman community, while Butcher takes a stand against Homelander and the rest of The Seven. There are a good number of more revelations abound in Good For the Soul, as well as some trademark Ennis gross-out moments (one of which involving Hughie that will have you rolling around the floor laughing), and even a surprisingly touching moment between Frenchman and Woman. Where Good For the Soul really shines though are in the concluding issues, where Hughie learns of The Seven's greatest failure years before on one September morning. The Boys really does find Ennis at his best, possibly equaling the insane brilliance he crafted years ago with Preacher. Darick Robertson provides more solid artwork as well, including some shocking scenes that will stay with you. All in all, The Boys just keeps getting better and better the longer it goes on, and Good For the Soul is the best of The Boys yet.