The Boys 14 (January 2008)

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Ennis doesn’t go for big action in the arc’s finale. He gives Hughie and the Russian guy a little adventure, then goes for humor when bringing in the rest of the team. The Frenchman does get some time, but the Female could have taken the arc off. Ennis just doesn’t have any use for her. It’d be a problem if the comic wasn’t so enjoyable otherwise.

Snejbjerg returns on the art, with Robertson only opening the issue. There’s a really neat transition between the two artists, where Hughie is looking at something (in Robertson’s pages) and then Snejbjerg takes over with what he’s seeing. It’s excellent.

While the issue’s (pleasantly) perfunctory and doesn’t offer much visceral pay-off–Ennis is laying groundwork for future issues–there is the money shot. Ennis goes for what’s become a traditional indie comics reveal (post-2001), yet it still works. Just like The Boys.

CREDITS

Glorious Five Year Plan, Conclusion; writer, Garth Ennis; artists, Darick Robertson and Peter Snejbjerg; colorist, Tony Avina; letterer, Simon Bowland; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.


Contemporaneously…

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