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The Boys - Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker (Vol. 10) (Boys 10) [Paperback]

Garth Ennis , Darick Robertson
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3 April 2012 Boys 10
The story of Billy Butcher, the Boys mysterious leader, is told at last! From the backstreets of London's East End to the carnage of the Falklands War, from the heights of love to the depths of tragedy, the most violent man in comics reveals the terrible nature of the forces that drive him. And when he''s done, he'll be ready - to finish things once and for all!

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (3 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178116245X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781162453
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of The Boys, Preacher, Hellblazer, Hitman and Judge Dredd, much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 31 Mar 2012
By Dr D
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This is Butcher's background story, part of which is background of real war but, as he usually seems to do, Ennis manages it with no glorification, rather a great deal of respect for the people who have actually done it. Butcher's grandfather's single sentence is an outstanding moment.

For me Butcher has become a really well thought out character, not just a recycling of wafer thin superhero/villain clichés of righteous vengeance. It turns out it isn't just a case of him being capable & justified in his coldblooded vengeance simply because his targets did something similar, he actually seems capable of doing it because he's pretty close to a psychopath. The genetic bit of his psychopathy is from his father but it requires an environmental trigger to tip him & his brother, mother & wife gave him the environment he needed to control it. But without that environment then his genetic traits are beyond his control, so is he really responsible for his own (unjustifiably nasty) actions? It just poses some really interesting questions.

I honestly think Garth Ennis has made a very important contribution to the comic book canon with The Boys, but I would recommend stating at the beginning of the series rather than jumping in here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars And who do you think they be? 5 April 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
This book is Butcher's origin story, starting with his childhood and his violent upbringing leading to joining the Royal Marines and fighting in the Falklands, to falling in love and then losing his wife. He meets Mallory who explains who's responsible and the two start what will become The Boys.

Before reading this I wasn't sure that Butcher's origin story needed to be an entire book (after all the others were contained within Vol 6: The Self-Preservation Society and Hughie's was a brief few pages in Vol 1), but having read it I can see why Garth Ennis took the time to go deep into Butcher's background.

Butcher's life is riddled with tragedy and it turns out that despite his disgusting father being at the root of some of them, the supes also played a big part. At the end of the book I felt a real sense of anticipation for a showdown between Butcher and the Seven, something the last book "The Big Ride" failed to do at nearly twice the length of this book.

Well written with some excellent set pieces and an overriding sense of darkness throughout, this is the kind of book that made "The Boys" such a fiery series to begin with. Great to see Darick Robertson return and see Ennis find the tone of the books again as it draws to a close. Definitely worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best graphic novel series at the moment 11 Sep 2013
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The Boys series is fantastic. A more truer reflection on superheroes, corporations, greed and corruption than any other art form at the moment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good back story 31 July 2013
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This was a good back story to butcher and goes more in depth to what you already know about butcher,
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4.0 out of 5 stars The highest Thumbs Up! 11 July 2013
Like the previous volume this is all about the past. All description of things you don't know that happened previously. This time it is done right. This is a graceful and elegant piece of writing that uses flashbacks, narration, diary entries, dialogue, monologue and everything it can think of to break this information down and present it in clever ways.

This is Butcher's story. Everything from his childhood to the present day. Just when you were thinking he was as bad as Homelander we strip him bare and reveal the raw human being underneath. This is a very powerful and emotional story that is mature and upsetting in places. Violence is a big part of The Boys and we take it in our stride in all its graphic glory. But the violence here is all off stage and it is shocking and disturbing.

The art is outstanding. No longer an afterthought or second-fiddle but an equal partner. There is a lot of creativity and determination in these images. A good deal of thought and bold choices go into making this an excellent work. Robertson is back in the driving seat and it shows.

It was almost the best Boy's story but for a mistimed real world intrusion. Ennis tries to be funny but this is the wrong time for funny. The highest Thumbs Up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars monsieur charcuter 17 Nov 2012
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as in preacher, some of garths' graphic novels, as part of a series, can be read as a stand alone story. preacher, book 7 (jesse becomes a sheriff of a small town and "puts things right") can be read as a stand alone and so can this.....along with highland laddie (but this is much better) this is essentially the story of butcher, parts of his history have been hinted at earlier on in the series but this is the one i was waiting for. this is the last story to be told of the history of each of the boys and is by far the best.....enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent return 2 April 2012
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I must say this volume is the best since the dreadful Highland Laddie, and the 'little bit better' The Big Ride. Darick Robertson makes a welcome return as artist, and it shows in his artwork that I have sorely missed. He does mess up a few pages with backgrounds shot and such, but the majoirty of pages-95%-are beautiful. Garth Ennis also writes some beautiful and tear-rendering work at times, and Billy's upbringing and times with Becky are the stand outs of the book. Becky is written with so much heart it is sad to see that it is short-lived. The volume can't get enough praise a recent highlight in a series that had been in a recent quality-dip, but it is brought back up to speed in BBCM. Here's hoping Garth can keep it going for the last 2 volumes.
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