Comic Review – The BOYS volume one: The name of the game

May 14, 2011

My favourite writer in comics is Garth Ennis (Preacher, Just a Pilgrim, and The Punisher) so it’s only fitting that my first trade paperback review is one of my favourite titles ever.

There is one main reason why I like Garth Ennis’ style of writing; his works are a combination of great story telling mixed with ultra violence. To paint a picture on how violent and out there the book is, The Boys used to be published by Wildstorm, which is owned by DC comics who bought us such heroes like Superman, Batman, and the Flash. DC comics thought The Boys was way too violent, wasn’t in favour of their anti superhero stance, and too out there to a point where they cancelled publishing it, and given the title to Dynamite comics.

The story revolves around a department of the CIA that deals with superheroes who misbehave and take advantage of the fact they have super powers. The story arc in volume one introduces us to the newest member Hugh Campbell (who is based on Simon Pegg who also writes the foreword) and how he ends up joining the team which serves as an induction to him as well as the reader as to what team does and how they operate.

The first volume does a good job of briefly introducing the characters and setting them off with their first mission which is intimidate, harass, and blackmail the superhero team known as Teenage Kix, who get up to highly unbefitting activities such is getting into orgies, stealing prescription medication when entertaining sick children at the hospital, engaging in gay sex, and performing their sick fantasies when they are not being celebrities and serving the community.

The art work is highly graphic full of sex and violence, which is well done by artist Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan). The artwork is comical, full of colour, clean line work, yet serious all the same time, a style that suits the book perfectly. The way he draws someone getting punched in the mouth so hard that the person on the receiving end gets their face bloodied up, teeth falling out, and jaw being broken is something you never see in comics because it is a cardinal rule to draw the follow through of the hit, not the point of impact because it shows more power.

To conclude this review the Kevin Monster highly rates it as he owns a copy of it and regularly reads it over and over again. A must buy for anyone into violence and great story telling

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