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THE BOYS finally rebounds
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2010
I haven't been too excited about THE BOYS recently. Specifically, it has been ever since the series felt it needed to explain the secret history of Vought-American, which frankly was a major little more than load of exposition that asked A LOT of readers. Especially since most of it was nothing but a thinly veiled soapbox. With this volume, momentum is regained for the most part, except that Butcher's suspicion of Hughie was way over drawn out, especially since I thought Butcher already knew Hughie was coupling with Starlight. I thought Butcher saw her several issues earlier when knocking on Hughie's door and that he recognized her in the surveillance footage "servicing" Homelander, et al. I realize now Butcher would not have been so cool about it -- that he would not have just assumed the great coincidence that it is. Still, I'm nearly through the entire tpb and they're STILL wrapping their minds around it?? So I'm saying I feel The Boys still needs to pick up its momentum. The problem for Ennis, I imagine, is there isn't a lot of places where to take this premise. At least, that's the impression he's giving me as a reader, particularly with every "hero" really just been a no-gooder and violent sexual deviant. Seems like there would be so much more to do. Not only does this feel "done" in THE BOYS, it feels done in every book that bears Ennis' name.
All the same Vol. 7 is a joy. While anything but fresh, Ennis still has me cringing and laughing at almost the same time. THE BOYS is back in fighting form, but still needs to go a little ways before it's as fresh and brawny as it is at its best.
Another observation before I leave off. If THE BOYS were to quit publication today, I would feel Frenchie and The Female are both woefully underdeveloped, unexplored. I hope that changes, though I suppose by nature there should be an element of mystery always with those team members.