The Boys 12 (November 2007)

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Ennis continues the quiet approach with the Russia story. Besides a bit of violence–and nowhere near the previous issue’s–there’s not much sensational. The Boys is calming down, with Ennis focusing on how the group operates. I don’t think Mother’s Milk has ever had so much to do and he’s just out asking questions here. The Frenchman gets a little scene, which Ennis plays for somewhat for laughs, before getting serious a moment later.

There’s a little with the villains and Ennis makes the Russian villain, Little Nina (she’s tiny), likable. Maybe because the American villains are such jerks, but also because it makes the comic a lot more enjoyable to have another funny character present.

The solid pacing continues. The issue takes place over a couple hours at most and only has a handful of scenes and fewer locations, but Ennis and Robertson make it feel full enough.

CREDITS

Glorious Five Year Plan, Part Two; writer, Garth Ennis; penciller, Darick Robertson; inkers, Robertson and Rodney Ramos; colorist, Tony Avina; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.


Contemporaneously…

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