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  1.  (3225.1)
    It was the story we all knew was coming, and it still made me sick. The cover told the tale pretty much. I'm no sissypants, but this story made me feel gross all over.

    Best title in the world right now.
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    I read the first issue, unfortunately couldn't get into it. I'm all for taking the piss out of superheroes, but if I read a Garth Ennis series for too long I get testosterone poisoning. (And I'm a guy.)

    I haven't seen the cover, or any of the intervening issues. Jimmy - should I have been reading THE BOYS? Pitch it to me, if you feel like it.
  3.  (3225.3)
    Yeah, testosterone poisoning, for sure. I'm actually testosterone deficient, so my doctor says I need to read Garth Ennis everyday.

    Okay, so, the pitch. Hmm. I dunno how to do this stuff.

    Okay, I'll put it this way. For a while, I'd stopped reading superhero comics on any kind of regular basis. Then September 11th rolled around, and even though I would generally define myself as a bitter, thick-skinned misanthrope, that shit rocked me back on my heels pretty hard. And like a lot of Americans, I immediately ran for the teat of an authority, a power that could brush my hair back and tell me it would all be okay. But instead of relying on Uncle Sam, I went crawling back to Uncles Stan and Jack and have been re-hooked on that particular security blanket since then.

    Then The Boys #21 came out today and pissed all over that.

    If I was you, I'd go back to the beginning of this arc (I wanna say, like, issue #18, around in there somewhere) and start from there, and I think you may agree that it goes a bit beyond just taking the piss out of superheroes. Or not, I dunno. I mostly started this thread because (like a lot of people on here, I'm guessing) I really like literature that makes me uncomfortable, and this was the most uncomfortable I've been since I saw Deliverance, I think.
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2008
    With THE BOYS #21, Garth Ennis took AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #36 (you know...the one where Dr Doom sheds a tear for 9/11) and he skull-fucked it.

    Oh my god...I knew there was a reason I was sticking with this series.
  4.  (3225.5)
    See, that's a much better way of putting it.
    • CommentAuthorPow
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2008
    fan-fucking-tastic, I laughed like a drain
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2008 edited
    I'm immune to Ennis Testosterone Poisoning, but that's because I was once infected with Frank Miller Testosterone Poisoning (thankfully I got medical attention and am now back to my normal female form) and once you've had that, you're immune to anything else of the sort.

    You know? I was really disturbed by this issue. It made me sick, angry, upset and all other kinds of emotions I can't name. And to me, that means that Ennis and Robertson did an amazing job. I'm really glad I stuck with this series.
  5.  (3225.8)
    Simply superb. Best issue of the series so far, which is saying a lot. It's amazing how easily Ennis walks the line between humor and drama. And the real-world parallels contained in The Legend's words in the last pages are very interesting.
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2008

    I'm glad you suck with this series too...

    Seriously though, I am loving the Boys. I don't have words for what Ennis can do, it's just that damn good. And he's my age, I hate him...
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2008
    That was pretty brutal - loved the realisation Homelander has. This title is just so sincere in its comic brutality.
    • CommentAuthorheresybob
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2008
    I'm assuming we're spoiled here, otherwise skip this.

    Drama and black comedy - have to admit from about 1 page and 5-7 panels, the big superman guy goes from being a dope that accidentally kills one kid to making an entire plane bleed from their ears to the nigger-nigger-nigger comment. Awesome writing that shows how things start out of control and just get worse, worse and so horribly bad, there's no recovery.

    I also like the fighter pilot's perspective.

    I'm willing to bet that the Black what-his-face hero will figure into later threads. No one should be able to survive that fall.
    • CommentAuthorjamassie
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2008
    The Boys 21 was one of the best single issues I have ever read.
  6.  (3225.13)
    @robin - frank miller testosterone poisoning is way worse then ennis-poisoning.

    i don't ever remember ennis' frank castle saying "i'm the goddamned punisher"
    • CommentAuthorsamishah
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2008
    Man, I really think I am all alone in not liking this one. And I tend to adore almost everything Ennis does. For some reason, this just isn't going anywhere interesting for me. The shock factor stops affecting me now that its becoming clear that every issue's goal is to raise that specific bar. I kind of expect it now. Plus the characterization hasn't really struck a chord. Especially when you compare it to alot of his other recent work (God but Punisher is great writing), which shows him at the top of his game.

    I don't think I'll be picking up further issues, mostly cause I am bored with this now. It just seems like a stretched out joke with blood and shit poured over the top.
  7.  (3225.15)
    What I'm hoping is this is a x-year mediation on the nature of heroism (just like Preacher was an x-year mediation on the nature of belief and meaning). What I'm hoping is that, in a couple of years time, Hughie and Anne will ride off into the sunset together to train the next generation of supes to actually, you know, be heroic and stuff. Everyday heroism - in co-operation with (and part of the mundane rescue services
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2008
    The book wained for me a little but I think that's just part and parcel of buying a book monthly - some months are legendary and some months are crap.

    This month was legendary. Loved it.
    • CommentAuthorBrian Reed
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2008
    This whole arc has been fantastic. I haven't felt that sickening "oh... oh, god" sensation reading Garth Ennis since the PREACHER days (although PUNISHER has been a fantastic tale).
  8.  (3225.18)
    If you didn't like it: trying imagining a Vaudeville laugh track when the kid learns to fly or when the ear drums burst. Or "Wacketity-Smackety-Dooooo" after the screaming racist obscenities. Or imagine jugglers in the background.

    This was the book I called people to howl about this week.