The Boys #21 (****1/2): The Boys just keeps getting better. I originally picked this book up because of Ennis. I stayed on board because it was a fun anti-superhero book with some laughs, entertainment, and some good character drama. During the last arc of The Boys, everything improved and we actually got some genuine romance from this cynical book. With this arc, Ennis shows that he is indeed a great writer. The laughs and the character development take a bit of a backseat in this arc. Though both of those elements are still present, they are pushed into the background to showcase the book’s political objective. I’m sure quite a few people dislike the new direction, but thankfully I’m not one of those people. I think it’s great that the story is getting more epic and I can enjoy some politics in my comics. This issue is probably the best issue of The Boys so far. It covers a single event in great detail brilliantly. Bravo Garth.
Crossed #0 (****): There are many stories that would be horrendous if placed in the wrong hands. Just look at that startling cover and I think you’ll know what I’m talking about. Thankfully, I think Garth Ennis will have the skills necessary to keep this away from the typical gore fest realm. With America’s economy in the currently atrocious state that it’s in and the ever climbing gas prices, I’m always thankful when I can get my money’s worth. This issue is only one dollar and for that you get 11 pages of actual story. This isn’t a preview. This is the beginning of the tale. This is the “outbreak” if you will, where everything goes to hell. This was advertised as the most deplorable Ennis book ever and I suppose it does deliver. Although honestly I was expecting something a bit more gruesome, but we’re only 11 pages into the story and I’m pretty desensitized to violence. My main complaint with this issue was that it was advertised as a different kind of zombie story with normal humans as the zombies instead of the undead. At this point I can’t really tell the difference. But I’m more than willing to overlook that because again, it’s only 11 pages and I thoroughly enjoyed the social commentary mixed in with the gore. For those of you who enjoy George Romero’s zombie films or comics such as Walking Dead, you should definitely through down the dollar to give this a try.