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- Print Length: 147 pages
- Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (November 28, 2007)
- Publication Date: November 14, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B5JYQWS
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The Boys Vol. 1: The Name of the Game (Garth Ennis' The Boys) Kindle & comiXology
|Length: 147 pages||Book 1 of 12 in The Boys||Age Level: 16 and up|
|Grade Level: 11 and up|
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So, when 'supes' get carried , and need to be reined-in a bit, seldom by way of a calm word or conversation, but more likely a physical confrontation, that's when it's time to call "The Boys".
Definitely involves adult themes and language, but does not have gratuitous nudity .. Were it a film it would get a strong PG-13/R rating, but more for the language than anything else. But it remains within the proper context of the story .. Ennis doesn't just throw in curse words for lack of dialogue, like I'm sure we've all seen in other material. I
All told, a great introduction to a superb modern, gritty romp.
In many ways, not surprising for anyone who has read much of Garth Ennis’s work, the book is more delightfully depraved. It’s really a completely different story in so many ways. I find the show a bit more subversive. The shows version of Homelander is a psychopath who turns on the perfect smarmy charm in a second. The actor is fantastic btw. This volume doesn’t have a lot of Homelander but his few appearances make it clear from the start what he is as opposed to the show where it takes a bit to see it.
I really like the book but having discovered the show first I’m going to wait before I read any further volumes. There were things in the show I absolutely did NOT see coming and I want to keep it that way.
The series set up is pretty simple. There's plenty of superheroes in the world, but they've stopped being particularly careful. Accidents get people killed to frequently, and that doesn't even get into what the heroes get up to when they think no one is watching. In comes Billy the Butcher. This guy has connections, skills, and a grudge against supers. What follows is your usual Garth Ennis collection of raunchy humor and ultraviolence, plus a few characters you can't help but like.
I like this series, but I hope it gets a bit more creative in the next couple of volumes.
Story starts off with the main character, Wee Hughie, watching his girlfriend get killed in a fight between a superhero and a supervillian. The superhero just walks away even after Hughie tries to stop him, question him on why he had killed his girlfriend. Hughie feels like his whole world is going black and there's little to live for. That's until Butcher, the leader of the "The Boys", meets Hughie and opens him up to a whole new world. Butcher has a group of mercenaries but before he can get the whole group of Boys back together he needs a fifth member. This introduces Hughie into the game of taking down superheroes and reminding them of their limits.
Right off the bat I want to make it clear people understand this comic contains gore, cursing, and LOTS of sex. Most of the superheroes do whatever they want. This leads to them basically banging almost anything that walks, male or female. They run the world, so why would they just save it when they can basically own it?
The story starts off slow and builds up how these boys will take down the superheroes of their world. The Seven are the main superhero team but there are plenty of smaller superhero teams. The Boys target a small time group and begin to do their work. It's not a simple find the superheroes and beat some sense into them. They plant camera, get footage and voice recordings, and embarrass them on national television. Such as superheroes being gay, takings drugs, and doing prostitutes. This angers the small team and brings them to face off against our Boys.
The art is top notch and defiantly it's own style. Mature, bloody, and easy to follow. The superheroes look like stereotypical superheroes like superman and such and The Boys look like badass Neo lookalikes. I'd say for the most part The Boys are far more interesting design though that's because they look modern, where's the superheroes look like they are from the seventies and eights. The fight scenes are also easy to follow and usually very well drawn.
My only negative thing about the series is the excessive amount of dialog. I believe in building a story but, this sometimes go overboard with dialog that's not needed. You also sometimes have to double take sentences seeing as the main characters are from Europe with a accent.
Overall the first volume defiantly leaves you wanting more with it's cliffhanger ending. It's dark take on superheroes running the world is interesting to say the least. I hope the following volumes continue to prove dark and grimy world but with a little less unneeded dialog.
Story - 8 - Interesting take though the dialog could be a little to much at times. However if you want to see superheroes shown in a new light this will defiantly do it.
Art - 8 - Some weak superheroes design but The Boys are all well done and the fights are easy and fun to follow.
Enjoyment - 8 - While I wasn't loving every moment the ending was worth it. It's a type of story that builds up as it goes on and this one pays off in the end, big time.
Final Score - 8 - Overall a new take on superheroes is always nice and a great addition to the run of the mill superhero stories we get. Hoping the series remains as interesting as the first volume.
Reviewed: Issues 1-6. The Boys: Graphic Novel Volume 1.
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That's not to say that this comic isn't offensive. I think most things are, to someone, but at least in 'The Boys' the problems that are flagged up in a lot of comics- be they the day-to-day impracticalities of certain super-powers or the impossible egos of the characters themselves- are effectively lampooned and mocked mercilessly. There is a real dark humour to these comics, brought to life through some very dark characters, dealing with some very difficult circumstances. It is also well drawn and distinctive, and provides an interesting new look at the concept of a super-group, as well as pointing out the obvious flaws in the things that we have all held dear in the genre for a very long time.
Overall, these comics and characters will not appeal to everyone. They are not intended for children (or even adults with the general maturity of children), but they are interesting, thought provoking, and genuinely entertaining to boot.
It has a slow, but shocking, start as we are introduced to the team and what they are up against through the induction of its newest member. There are lots of references to things that have gone before and people who are no longer with us. This builds up our interest as we are drip-fed enough information to keep us guessing. The characters are intriguing and the superheroes are less than heroic, making them easy to deplore. As the storyline progresses the methods the Boys must use get less wholesome and it does make you wonder if the watchers will become as bad as the watched.
The art is superb with great facial expressions as there is a lot of shock and disgust to portray. The depravity mentioned is frequent but not pornographic. It manages to horrify and titillate in equal measure as there are enough visual clues to make your dirty mind run riot.
This is a good start to what promises to be a grand spectacle of a story that is both shockingly entertaining and subtly thought provoking. Thumbs Up!
If you think reading graphic novels is for kids, I challenge you to pick this up and not be horrified. The Boys enters a whole new level of disturbing. Whether it's a dog watching 2 people go doggy style or the innards of a persons head displayed on floor, it's definitely going to shock you.
The story starts with quite a revelation: Superheroes are b******s. It's an unusual take on a popular comic book topic. The Boys are basically out to rid the world of Superheroes - the collateral damage they don't take responsibility for is too damaging to just forgive. If you're looking for something a little bit unusual, a little bit different and generally disturbing, give this a try.
FYI: I was looking for things like The Preacher, Judge Dredd and Hellblazer which are all a bit dark and different. This is definitely gruesome.
It's rude, crude and downright nasty at times but totally entertaining. Totally not suitable for kids
It's a great play on what would happen you made DCesque perfect moral heroes totally human, fallible, vain and corrupt. With absolute power corrupting absolutely, the 'supes' here never care about the collateral damage only public image and merchandising for corporate masters.
'The Boys' are there to keep the supes in line.
If you enjoy and haven't read Preacher yet, go there next.
All the superheroes that are targeted in this book are somewhat emotionally questionable. Imagine one of your friends, or someone in your work place who is quiet, and doesnt really seem to understand social situations.
Now imagine that they have superpowers and talk like they think a superhero should talk.
Now imagine that they start to feel very cocky and dont have any empathy skills to fall back on and start acting like a coke'd up idiot.
These are the superheroes of Garth Ennis' world, so it makes it alright when Ennis' anti-heroes carry out scene stealing scenes like punching through rib cages by accident.
I'll let you decide the rest when you read it
If you're a fan of Garth Ennis's other works you'll love this series
DC comics refused to publish this graphic novel...and you will see why, but its much more than strong violence and sex - the story line is fantastic.
I ordered this and read it the day it arrived, I've now ordered the next 5. If you read the first get ready to part with more money.