The Boys 54 (May 2011)


Letting Mallory talk so much has an odd effect on The Boys. This issue is another long read, just because there’s so much information; Ennis covers from the end of World War II to 1985 in Mallory’s life. There are also the hints of Butcher’s deceptions, things Ennis and Mallory are both promising to reveal.

The additional effect is more delicate. Ennis sets up Butcher and Mallory on different ends of a spectrum, but not just as characters, as his creations. Butcher is the expected Ennis protagonist–head-strong, funny, stand up guy to his friends. Mallory is the one who can sit back and think, who is old enough to consider. It’s like Butcher’s the character Ennis is expected to write and Mallory’s the one he wants to write.

It’s a good one. The war art from McCrea and Burns continues to impress, as does Ennis’s narration for Mallory.


Barbary Coast, Part Three; writer, Garth Ennis; artists, John McCrea and Keith Burns; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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