The Boys 43 (June 2010)


It’s another underwhelming issue. Ennis actually goes so far as to have Annie sitting in a coffee shop, writing Hughie an email all about her secrets.

Why Butcher isn’t investigating her (or why he doesn’t have Hughie’s phone automatically tapped) is left untouched. One has to assume Ennis is trying to get the series somewhere and he likes this route the best. But it’s terrible plotting. It’s tedious and boring.

Maybe having the super team be okay is the problem. They aren’t funny, they’re just nice. It’s like The Boys can’t function with sincerity and now Ennis has two big sincere things going on. Annie and Hughie’s love story is sincere. It just doesn’t amuse.

There’s some stuff with Mother’s Milk, but he’s not active enough to make the pages count. Ennis probably could have done all this story in two issues. Instead, he stretched it thin as he could.


The Innocents, Conclusion; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Russ Braun; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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