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The Boys, Vol. 3: Good for the Soul Paperback – October 14, 2008
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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If you're wary about this series because you've looked at the item pages for the trades and seen how the reviews are all over the place, it's probably due to how obvious it becomes in this collection that much of the drama and awesomeness stems from the concept of a direct conflict between The Boys and The Seven (or the government versus the superhumans in general). Therefore, it can seem like anything else is just a distraction from the real tale, particularly since Ennis keeps The Boys' pasts wrapped in mystery and the tales of The Boys tracking and beating down Degenerate Superhero #358 are starting to get stale.
Thus, MAJOR PRO: shedding of light on a world that's kept you in the dark so far and a set-up for the dust-up we're all wanting to see. MAJOR CON: the exposition and forward momentum shown in this collection can make the other arcs and trades seem bland by comparison, which can also contribute to the notion that much of what's going on is crass for crassness' sake.
This issue of the Boys picks up and really fleshes out the universe so much more. In past episodes, you learned a little bit more about the corporate influence that pervades their world. In this one, you'll learn all about it and what drives the team a bit more.
That being said, is this book full of crass, tasteless humor at times. Yes. If you're easily offended, I'd hope you would have given up after book one. But if you liked the first two, you'll be very happy with the direction the series is going in. It's refreshing to read a bit more down and dirty comic series about the "supes".
This book isn't so much good for your soul as helping turn your soul a little darker, not that it's a bad thing. I really enjoy this series and like the moral ambiguity of the main characters. It is a series that I am not sure I like the "good guys", but I definitely hate the "bad guys".
If you cannot handle graphic violence and sexual situations then this is not for you. This is a GRAPHIC NOVEL in every sense of the word, and for the most part is not gratuitous, but actual helps define the characters and the story.
So five stars for a story that is intriguing and will keep me coming back.
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Reviewing a book like this in isolation is so difficult.
Already, only three books in, Ennis has created a detailed enough world, and deep...Read more