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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent continuation of this genre-busting series
The Boys as of late IMO has gone through a dry patch. The previous arc, The Self Preservation Society, had plenty of action but not enough plot going on. The only saving grace was the issues that came before this arc dealing with the origins of some of the Boys, which were hilarious (and with The Female, slightly unnerving). No such problems with The Innocents, plenty...
Published on December 4, 2010 by Nail_Bombed

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3.0 out of 5 stars Boy meets girl, girl reveals herself to be superhero...
This is the soap-opera book of the series - besides a storyline involving a disgraced hero taking command of a weird kids-oriented supergroup who barely have powers, the bulk of the book focuses on Hughie and Starlight's relationship. Yup, this is the one where Hughie finds out about Starlight being part of the Seven and what she had to do to get into it...
Published on July 23, 2011 by Sam Quixote


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent continuation of this genre-busting series, December 4, 2010
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The Boys as of late IMO has gone through a dry patch. The previous arc, The Self Preservation Society, had plenty of action but not enough plot going on. The only saving grace was the issues that came before this arc dealing with the origins of some of the Boys, which were hilarious (and with The Female, slightly unnerving). No such problems with The Innocents, plenty going on here.

With The Innocents, Butcher has suspicions as to Wee Hughie's loyalties after discovering his tryst with Annie January a.k.a. Starlight of The Seven. Butcher decides to give him the task of watching over a bunch of superheroes that, for a change, actually want to help people. What Hughie doesn't know is Butcher is going to be watching him as well to see if he is in fact in league with Vought/American. Meanwhile, we see more of the results of Herogasm coming into play, with The Homelander becoming increasingly more volatile - his lust for complete power culminating in a meeting of the Supes after a superhero religious fundraiser.

This series has been excellent so far with minor blips in quality, nothing much to complain about... and the trademark Garth Ennis humor is liberally squirted all over The Innocents, with John McCrea and Darick Robertson's artwork fuelling the story with equal parts hilarity and unashamed sex and violence.

Good stuff, hopefully will continue bringing the superzeroes to bloody justice right up to the end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manipulative, Frightening and Terrific, December 20, 2010
This review is from: The Boys, Vol. 7: The Innocents (Paperback)
Ennis continues to show why he is a master story teller. This book is a continuation of Hughie's indoctrination into the world of The Boys and Butcher's adroit manipulation of those around him with a sly grin and a devious glint in his eyes. Robertson himself demonstrates why he is himself is a master artist rendering all of the characters with the sullen but golden age aura of the individual members of Super Duper and the origin tales of The Boys themselves. This book gets unfairly critiqued since it brutally parodies the same fictional characters that have held the comic book industry in a strangle hold. What most people don't see is that Ennis and Robertson have given us a parallell look at another world wherein the Golden Age never existed and Supes are instead occupying a "Gilded Age" of comic-books or superhero fiction. Outside of the themes of corruption and power Ennis has weaved a tight story with each volume seamlessly following the next and this volume is no exception. If you consider yourself a fan of graphic novels, comic books, or well-written characters and plots do yourself and the comic book industry a favor and purchase this book; you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting closer to the finish line, December 16, 2010
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This review is from: The Boys, Vol. 7: The Innocents (Paperback)
I've been following this series since the beginning, and like many was intrigued by the "shock" value of the early adventures. To show that "with great power comes great freedom" was much more realistic a premise than the selfless sacrifices shown in the normal comic universe. This particular book had it all as far as I'm concerned; violence with a point, drama, heartbreak, and it actually made you care about Hugie and his girl. Who hasn't done something we regretted, and then watched it come back to bite us in the butt?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Boys #7, November 26, 2013
This review is from: The Boys, Vol. 7: The Innocents (Paperback)
As anyone who has read Watchmen can tell you, just because you're a superhero it doesn't mean that you can't be a total arse and a serious danger to humanity. Garth Ennis' solution to this issue is The Boys, a covert CIA black ops team of very dangerous people - Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie [yes, the Simon Pegg thing is intentional], Mother's Milk, The Frenchman and The Female - tasked with keeping the masked deviants under control. The controversial and hugely popular series, written entirely by Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson, debuted in 2006 and will hit the fiftieth issue mark in January 2011. The Boys Vol.7: The Innocents collects issues 39 to 47 of the series.

The collection begins with "What I Know", a single-issue story in which Billy Butcher discovers Wee Hughie's relationship with Starlight [of The Seven fame]. Butcher is, rightly, unwilling to believe that Hughie is a double-agent in league with The Seven and so, after consulting with The Legend, sends him undercover to observe a joke of a superhero team called Super Duper. Meanwhile, back at Vought American headquarters, Jess Bradley is made privy to information about a shocking incident from The Homelander's past.

"The Innocents" is a multi-issue story-arch originally contained in issues 40 to 43. Wee Hughie is on assignment surveilling Super Duper, a team of earnest and incredibly naïve teenagers from the distant future. Now Super Duper may seem the typical vanilla 1950s style superheroes but, since this is being written by Garth Ennis, the real situation is far more twisted than that and, aside from their dodgy super-names (Auntie Sis, Bobby Badoing, Ladyfold, Stool Shadow, Klanker, The Black Hole, and Kid Camo), there is something bizarrely screwed-up and unfortunate about each of them. However, they are truly do-gooders with no concept of what the rest of the superheroes get up to and so, against his better judgement, Wee Hughie feels protective towards them. Just as well really, as Malchemical has just been drafted in by Vought American to be their new team leader.

Vol. 7 finishes with the multi-issue story "Believe", originally found in issues 44 to 47. Against the backdrop of some kind of religious, fundamentalist festival involving superheroes proclaiming their faith and sponsored [of course] by Vought American, Wee Hughie and Starlight reconnect and learn some of the truth about each other. Predictably, it doesn't go well. Towards the end of the story, it seems that The Homelander may finally be about to initiative some variety of spectacular villainy rather than just pout and ponder on previous evil deeds.

The Boys is certainly a series that pulls no punches. The sex and violence in The Innocents is just as extreme and occasionally gratuitous [more so even than in Ennis' Preacher series) as long-time followers of the series will expect. For this reason, The Boys isn't going to be a series that appeals to everyone [fans of the traditional superhero stories would certainly be advised to read an issue or two of the comic before investing in the paperback collections] since some elements of the various storylines are at best extremely cringe worthy and, at worst, decidedly distressing.

However, alongside the "adult" issues mentioned, Garth Ennis is a highly innovative and imaginative writer and, after a couple of rather slow volumes, events at the end of The Innocents seem to imply that something big is about to be afoot in The Boys universe and that Volume 8 should be unmissable. While the action might occasionally be a little slow, Ennis has certainly used the time to deliver excellent characterisations - both of The Boys themselves and of the various Supes that they encounter - and in Vol. 7: The Innocents more information is revealed about the twisted back-stories of several principle characters, particularly fan favourite Wee Hughie. Although the main subject matter in The Innocents is love and truth, Ennis' trademark black humour is still in plentiful supply. Pretty much every scene involving Super Duper is tragically hilarious and there are numerous golden one-liners. As much as I hate to agree with Butcher, I too am sick of living in a world where Jimi Hendrix chokes on puke an' Garth Brookes thrives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, July 27, 2013
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Great series. I love the entire story line and wish there was more but I enjoyed the conclusion to the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it, June 9, 2013
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Love the series and depressed that there is only one more really wish that they wouldn't have stopped it. Maybe his other stuff is good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Series Just Keeps Getting Better!!, August 11, 2012
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I must admit that I started reading The Boys because I heard about its graphic violence and sex. It took me a while to get into the series because I was reading it for the violence and sex and there wasn't as much as I had been expecting. But somewhere along the line, I began to like and care about these characters, especially Hughie (totally Simon Pegg). I think the series has really got better as it has gone along. There are some genuinely great storylines going on. This book is one of my favorite books of The Boys so far. This book contains a hilarious story called The Innocents, in which Hughie has to find out as much as he can about a group of C-List superheroe rejects. The following story titled "Believe" is another great story involving the "Capes for Christ" festival called "Believe" where there is plenty of Ennis' religiuos satire to go around. There is also a continuing storyline involving Hughie finding out about who the girl he thinks he loves really is. The story is getting juicy and the books are getting hard for me to stop reading. The Boys is officially a great series. I can't wait to see where this storyine is going.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boy meets girl, girl reveals herself to be superhero..., July 23, 2011
This review is from: The Boys, Vol. 7: The Innocents (Paperback)
This is the soap-opera book of the series - besides a storyline involving a disgraced hero taking command of a weird kids-oriented supergroup who barely have powers, the bulk of the book focuses on Hughie and Starlight's relationship. Yup, this is the one where Hughie finds out about Starlight being part of the Seven and what she had to do to get into it...

There is a setup for a larger storyline involving a possible "Civil War" type scenario happening between the Supes and Vought, but it's just a hint of foreshadowing that shows you where the series is headed.

It's not a bad book but feels a bit lightweight. There's a lot of pages but besides the Hughie/Starlight storyline advancing and the Supes go rogue/Vought storyline that's been hinted at since "Herogasm" being hinted at yet again, nothing much else happens. A few cool moments aside, I wanted more from this volume than there was. If you're a fan then of course you'll get this one and it's still a fun read. Oh well, hopefully Book 8 will be a corker!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come back, January 18, 2011
This review is from: The Boys, Vol. 7: The Innocents (Paperback)
If you dropped The Boys at some point, I understand. A lot of my friends have felt it has been directionless. Not me, I've always loved it, but I'm an Ennis nut. Rest assured, this is where the book gets good again. Great. This is the best it's ever been.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Edition, January 3, 2011
This review is from: The Boys, Vol. 7: The Innocents (Paperback)
This volume sees Butcher & Hughie discover the truth about Starlight and both have the reactions I expected. How the Boys are able to keep tabs on the Seven is revealed and then sort of downplayed. Homelander is beginning to make his move and hopefully it won't be anti-climatic. There are some very funny comments but it's still a slow burner.
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The Boys, Vol. 7: The Innocents by Garth Ennis (Paperback - November 16, 2010)
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