Review: The Boys #32

Writing: Ennis continues to split the screen time between The Boys and Annie. The Boys deal with the Female’s injury, and the fact that something may be very wrong, which leads to the goriest fight since the first arc. “The Self-Preservation Society” looks like it’s going to be one of the most action-heavy arcs of the series. While The Boys are kicking the crap out of the supes, Annie is faced with a horrible re-imagining, complete with a new origin and a dreadful new costume. The Annie moments were poignant, and a good commentary on the dark side of today’s superhero comics.

Art: As much as I sometimes hate to admit it, the art in a comic really does hinder the story at times. Though his attempts to keep Robertson’s style is admirable, Carlos Ezquerra is no Darick Robertson. This comic, particularly the action, looks very sloppy. He handles the Annie scenes well enough, but, as I mentioned earlier, this issue has a lot of action.

Final Word: The satire is sharp and thought-provoking, but, sadly, the art does bring the quality down. This is not one of the weaker issues of the series because of Ennis. I hope Ezquerra can move to a project that better suits his talent and I hope that Robertson comes back soon.

Grade: B-

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Review: The Boys #31

The second half of The Boys begins now! But, this is Ennis, so, being that this is the start of a new arc, it’s probably a bit slow, right? Wrong! In fact, this issue features a few shocks that I sure as hell wasn’t expecting. I wonder: “Will this issue’s death be permanent?” Probably not, since we’ve been promised an “Origins” arc for these characters. Still, the twist was fun.

This is a more-than-solid issue of The Boys. It contains all of the usual humor and lovely characterizations, but with lots of fighting to keep my brain entertained. I’m still utterly fascinated to watch these characters, and the story, progress. The only unimpressive element of this issue was, sadly, the art.

Yes, Robertson has taken another brief leave of absence. Filling his big shoes is Carlos Ezquerra, and his renderings were a bit inconsistent. Some moments worked fine, like Hughie’s dazed look after committing some terrible acts. Ezquerra is certainly a capable artist, but damn it, some panels were just sloppy. But hey, this is his first issue, so let’s all hope that he gets more comfortable. With Herogasm’s humorous opening and now this, it’s a good time to be a fan of The Boys.

Grade: B

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