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on December 17, 2011
I've been a Garth Ennis fan since the days of Preacher and Hitman. I've loved his ability to tell a story that could be dark at times, incredibly accurate examining the human condition and hideously funny at the wrong times.When Garth debuted The Boys, I figured this would be a great title as it was meant to be his satire/slamming of superhero comics. In previous volumes, it's been established that these "superheroes" are the product of Vought American, a former military contractor who profited at the expense of others' lives with substandard munitions and gear. They made superhumans with a special formula and sought to get back into the military arena with The Seven, until in The Boys version of 9/11, The Seven messed up a rescue mission that destroyed the Brooklyn Bridge. And so these superhumans have been established as untrained, incompetent, hedonistic and in the case of The Homelander, psychopaths with godlike powers. But honestly, all parody aside, why would Vought not train the supes? It's not holding up as much and I kind of realized that as of the Highland Laddie trade. That trade was disappointing outside of the romantic resolution between Hughie and Starlight. This trade collects a years' worth of story and had some interesting revelations here and there...but it wasn't satisfying or shocking. I'm only hoping that the Butcher miniseries and the final arc will make up for the hold pattern of these last 2 Boys trades.