The Boys 51 (February 2011)


First, a technical issue. The company woman who’s decided to get rid of the Boys and the Seven has a computer simulation running with both team’s head shots then an “accuracy” calculation. Except Braun goes for realism, showing the Mac taskbar… and the Photoshop app running.

Pretty sure Photoshop doesn’t run military simulations, not even in the world of The Boys. An editor should have caught it, but it’s unclear if this series’s editor does any work at all.

The issue opens with a lot of exposition in dialogue–useless political stuff–before finally getting to Butcher blackmailing Monkey. It’s a fine sequence, funny, lots of little surprises; no reason Ennis should’ve played Butcher scared a couple issues ago. This resolution was always available.

Then Butcher hangs out with his CIA boss lady for a scene. More good stuff.

Ennis isn’t back on track, he’s just had a good issue.


Proper Preparation and Planning, Conclusion; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Russ Braun; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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