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Ennis' twisted version of a reknowned superteam gets a beatdown
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2009
Garth Ennis has always pushed the envelope when it comes to his most popular work in comics. Some say he does more than that with The Boys, which is so viscerally nasty and gratuitously horrifying that you just have to love it! In this fourth volume of the series we find Billy Butcher and his gang of psychos going after a twisted nightmare version of one of Marvel's most popular superteams. The stakes in the game Butcher's been playing against The Seven and their parent corporation Vought American just got higher, and readers such as myself genuinely feel charged up with anticipation at the thought of the eventual showdown, which is hopefully still dozens of issues in the future. The storyline in this volume is entitled "We Gotta Go Now" and features Hughie going undercover as a potential recruit to the G-Men, the most lucrative superhero team and franchise in present day America. Needless to say, Hughie soon discovers some unspeakable things about said superheroes, and a terrifying secret that links each of them to their founder and mentor Godolkin (NOT a bald-headed guy in a wheelchair). Along the way we get some comic relief in the form of the Frenchman, the Female and a bloodthirsty game of scrabble. Butcher delivers a frightening warning to a very important person, while Mother's Milk does some Batman-style detective work. Homelander has to deal with Prank phone calls, possibly his greatest challenge, while Hughie has to survive the depravity of his frat roommates. My only gripe is that most of the violent superhero action takes place off panel, hence the four stars. Even so, Ennis' writing more than makes up for it.
Pick up this volume and start reading! If it doesn't hook you, nothing will.