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A VERY RUSHED, DISAPPOINTING FINALE
on August 13, 2012
My buddy and I - who was reading through each of The Boys issues the same time I was - were both disappointed with this issue, which was probably the second-worst of the series (after Hughie's solo bit). Ennis spent 10 volumes meticulously crafting the world of The Boys, with loads of background detail on all the major players, all of which lead to...basically, a quickie finish in which random plot points are suddenly introduced and then disappear (example: MM's ex-wife/daughter) and the main plot points are disposed of quickly with little to no detail or explanation as to what is happening and why.
The whole thing feels very rushed, as if Ennis suddenly got bored and wanted to wrap the series up as quickly as possible. The main action, Homelander's coup, makes little sense in that there does not seem to be any real point to it and the plan itself, as executed by the supes, has zero chance of succeeding. That Homelander is able to get these supes to go along with it seems totally absurd. The Black Noir thing is totally ridiculous.
Oh, I've read #69 which begins in the aftermath of Homelander's coup and I can tell you - without revealing spoilers - that the trend in "Over the Hill" continues; major characters (including the fates of 60% of The Boys team) and plot points are closed with little to no explanation and you have absolutely no sense of what effect Homelander's coup has had on the supe community. Also, very disappointing.