The Boys 57 (August 2011)


There sure is a lot of talking this issue. There’s Hughie and Annie talking–they talk a whole lot, all about their relationship’s current status, Hughie working for the Boys, Annie being one of the Seven. Wait, it actually sounds like a bunch of conversations Ennis has been writing for twenty issues or so.

Then he’s got Butcher recapping the previous issue.

There’s a long conversation between Hughie and Mother’s Milk–this issue is the first one where Hughie sees the Boys after his trip away (he really didn’t rush to get his hamster back). The long conversation sort of moves things forward, sort of recaps a lot of other things Ennis has gone through already.

I feel like I’m missing something, but I’m really not. The Seven’s evil plot doesn’t even get play; it’s just a talking heads issue with old conversations.

There’s also a cloyingly sensational soft cliffhanger.


The Big Ride, Part Two; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Russ Braun; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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