The Boys 63 (February 2013)

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Even though Braun gets loose every other page (or maybe even panel) and Ennis’s big finish for Hughie and A-Train flops, the issue works. Things are finally coming to a close and Ennis is working at a breakneck speed. There are lots of callbacks to better issues, whether it’s the stuff between Frenchie and the Female or Maeve and Annie–Ennis knows what he’s doing. He’s going for maximum impact as efficiently as possible.

Lots of little things happen in the issue, with the big thing–the superheroes attacking the Pentagon–not even getting real page time. Ennis instead focuses on his scenes. The fight scene with the Titans stand-ins is sadly underwhelming for the most part and the aforementioned A-Train resolution flops. Annie probably gets the best scene.

Ennis keeps promising something great in the next issue but doesn’t deliver.

This one’s shallow, but moderately amusing.

CREDITS

Over the Hills With the Swords of a Thousand Men, Part Four; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Russ Braun; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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