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    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    There was a dark time in my life, during the middle of last summer. You see I had just finished reading Preacher volume 9, and my life now a large hole in it. I wandered the blasted waste land of my hometown for many hours before finally stumbling into my local comic shop in search of something to spend some money someone had finally given me. Then I saw it, The Boys issue 7, sitting on the rack in front of me, with the words "Garth Ennis" in the area which is generally reserved for the writer. My heart fluttered with joy and I bought it without a second thought . I've been a fan ever since. I think it may be one of the best on going comics at this moment. How many of you are fans?
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007 edited
    I bought the trade (1-6) recently, and bloody loved it. About time some superheroes got a kicking is all I can say...

    I loved the "aww, Hughie, you shouldn't have done that... They'll have one of those funerals now."

    Spoilers end

    I generally rather like Garth Ennis in general.
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    Garth is quite twisted, in a way that really kicks you in the brain as well as the gut. Preacher was an eye-opening experience for me as a reader and as a stunted post-adolescent. I learned a lot about excess and human fallacy from reading that book (for awhile at least; I felt it got off-track after the whole bloodline thing). It taught me that some of my childish notions about what to write about were flimsy shields that I was hiding behind because I was still finding my way in the world. OK, well, I'm still finding my way, but it made me ponder what I understood about certain aspects of human nature and made me realize that there was a much wider range of experience (and excess) out there to write about.

    I'll have to check out The Boys!
    • CommentAuthorKunundrum
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    The Boys is great. The second arc slowed down just a little bit, but the new one seems to have some potential. The dog is my favorite.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    Just to take a moment for self promotion, if you liked Preacher, you should really check out Chronicles of Wormwood, the 6 issue miniseries I drew for Garth earlier this year (now in trade). It explores similar themes (this time we follow the Antichrist as he goes about his life in NYC) and received quite a bit of positive critical response.

    5 page preview

    trade cover:
    trade cover

    There is also a follow up OGN coming out very soon, both from Avatar.

    Back on topic, the Boys is brilliant. It is the funniest comic I have read in ages and just keeps getting better. I just wish it came out weekly!
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    Chronicles of Wormwood is awesome!! I got it in the post a few days ago, and it brightened up my last week @ Uni no end!
      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    I like Ennis and I'm enjoying the Boys, I think it goes a little too far for the gag (ok, he shat in the bat cave, not sure it was worth the pages) but that's a fine line to walk for a very funny book.

    I prefer the politics and violence.

    Prediction: Hughie is Butcher's fall guy (at least I hope so).
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    Ian: Of course he is. Butcher is an old hand and far from stupid and Hughie is the only one he doesn't really need. I like to think he's putting into practice the lesson he learned from what happened to Mallory
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    The boys is one of the more original and entertaining comics I've read. It's a great take on an interesting subject and Ennis has a way of humanizing his characters that have certain abilities or powers. When Hughie puts a fist through Blarney Cock he looks like he just shit himself and has no idea what to do with the notion that he just killed a man, even if he was a prick, he still took his life.

    Chronicles of Wormwood was fucking brilliant also, I'm a sucker for any kind of religious mythology and Ennis writes it incredibly well. Again placing extraordinary characters into everyday life. The art was very well done and I thought matched the writing and story line to a tee. Especially the opening shots of hell in each issue with the various demons/monsters/abominations that just lay around consuming people. I can't wait for the follow up and I pray there is more Pope Jacko.
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    Prior to discovering Mr Ellis, Garth Ennis was head and shoulders above any other comics writer for me - "Preacher" was my introduction to comics proper, I loved "Hitman," "Adventures In The Rifle Brigade" and just about everything else he's written, ESPECIALLY his glorious work on "The Punisher" - I nearly cried when I saw how they watered his characters down in that dreadful film. Poor, emasculated Russian.

    As for "The Boys" and "...Wormwood"... well, shameless Ennis fanboy that I am, I thought I'd enjoy them. As usual, I did not, loved them instead. Fucking brilliant.

    Now... anyone reckon there might be a market for some sort of Ellis/Ennis collaboration? I think I might just cope if Jacen and Steve Dillon both did art, too. Excuse me, I'm rapidly approaching the point of needing tissues.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    Yeah, The Boys is a top 20 Seller in my store., im as excited about the Boys as i was wehn Hitman and Preacher weere running simultaneously, .. same with Black Summer & The Boys......2 books i look forward to every issue, Ellis and Ennis by two of my favorite writers.

    Black Summer, sells out about every 2 weeks or so, and were ordering between 5-10 issues of all back issues weekly.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Hello all ,first post.
    I am a huge Garth fan so my local Comic store usually picks up everything with his name on it for me.
    I love the boys ,it is exactly the kind of violent juvenile humour I love. I missed Wormwood but I will
    definitly pick up the trade. I was a little hesitant about Avatar at first but now I am totally sold.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    The Boys is stellar, my comic shop owner recommended it to me when it first came out from wildstorm. Loved it ever since.

    Ennis is the man, although I've only read the first volume of Preacher, I've enjoyed him on Punisher ever since it went max

    His Avatar stuff is good to. Like Jacen mentioned, Chronicles of Wormwood was excellent, as is the Current Streets of Glory(Only the first couple issues have come out so far.)

    I used to stay away from avatar, because i suck. I didn't like paying $4 for a comic, but the quality is definitely there, and worth it.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    I have to say, the boys is growing on me as a series, glorious 5-year plan is pretty damn good, however I enjoyed wormwood much. I just enjoy Ennis on religion. and Jacen's art is fantastic!
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    Preacher was the thing that got me into comics aswell.
    Got the first TPB of The Boys, bloody loved it. He does Death so well. You can have a normal superhero comic where hundreds and thousands of civilians get killed and you don't give a shit. Every death in a Garth Ennis book is personal and just a bit sad/hilarious. In the first couple of pages with hughie and his girlfriend.. suddenly it was 'Ahh this is a Garth Ennis book.'
    I love comics that show how incredibly fucked up it would be if Superhero's were real.

    There was a line in an Ultimates comic I read lately (might of been by Ellis I can't remember) where Nick Fury says something like, 'I could give every man woman and child on the planet solid gold pants in twenty minutes.' Well why don't you? I guess that would be a bit boring though, 'Superheroes solve poverty and world hunger,' I guess they're too busy fighting villains and the like.
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    There was a line in an Ultimates comic I read lately (might of been by Ellis I can't remember) where Nick Fury says something like, 'I could give every man woman and child on the planet solid gold pants in twenty minutes.'

    That was mine, yeah.

    Well why don't you?

    Well, because he's a prick.
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    There is also a follow up OGN coming out very soon, both from Avatar.
    Wormwood: The Last Enemy ships this week. :)

    And anyone who likes Preacher, will love Wormwood.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007 edited
    I think having Mr.Ellis reply to my thread is the closest I've come to actually talking to a published author.
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2007
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Nick used the cash for the holosuite in the Triskellion that was supposed to go towards the gold pants for the poor initiative.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    slightly off topic, in an issue of invincible, Cecil (Invicible's Govt. Handler) takes great pleasure in repeatedly using a teleporter, even after the crys from his staff saying it costs like a billion dollars each time!

    And yes, just read the new issue of The Boys (12) and it again, was excellent as usual. I'm loving the russian guy (which also causes me to miss "Winter Men")

    also looking forward to the new wormwood.