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The Boys Definitive Edition Volume 1 HC Hardcover – 30 Dec 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment; Slp edition (30 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933305800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933305806
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Great Story, Awful print job. 5 May 2009
By Mugiwara No Morpheus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This review is primarily going to focus on the overall quality of the book itself. If you want more insight into the actual story and such read some reviews on the trade paperbacks. That being said, the story is excellent. Ennis tells a great story, with his trade mark pitch black sense of humor, and violence. The art is pretty good as well, (I prefer it to Dillon's art)and really shows through in this oversize slipcased edition. Now onto my review of the physical book the stories are contained in.

When I first received the book in the mail I was pretty excited, the slipcase was in pristine condition and looked really nice. Unfortunately, once I took the book out of the slipcase things started to go downhill. My initial impression was that the paper the pages were printed on was some of the cheapest paper stock I have ever seen in a graphic novel. I was expecting this to be along the lines of the DC absolute editions or even the Image oversized slipcases (Walking Dead omnibus, and Invincible Library) with nice thick paper stock, and excellent binding. Instead what I got was more along the lines of slightly thicker than average magazine paper. These pages will tear easily if you aren't careful. The colors all look fine on the glossy paper, but its still incredibly thin for the retail price of 75 dollars. The binding is another issue, as it would seem that the binding is on the loose side.

The real issue for me however came when I got past all these other nitpicks and decided to sit down and read the damn thing. Whenever the book was printed, several of the pages weren't even cut properly, leading to pages that were still connected on the outside corners. What this meant was I had to actually cut the pages in order to get them apart. On some pages it wasn't as bad as others, just connected at the outside corner, but on others the pages were connected almost halfway across, leading to me having to do the printers job and slice the pages with a razor blade to get them apart. This is completely unacceptable to me, I have never even had this happen with any other graphic novel I have purchased, let alone a high end oversized slipcase edition like this. This was the first dynamite book I purchased, and unfortunately for them will also be the last.

The combination of poor paper stock, and a truly awful print job make this one of the worst purchases I have made in recent history. Even without the awful print job, the low quality paper, and dust jacket smack of poor production value, something you don't want when you are paying damn near 50 dollars for the book. Don't pay more than 25-30 dollars for this unless you have to. 1 star for book quality, 4 stars for story within. I would recommend that any one interested in this just pick up the softcovers, lest you risk having to get an awful print job like I did.

*I just wanted to update my review and state that if you look at comments section on the bottom of the first review by Bondidude that gave the book 5 stars, there are 2 other people that comment that they had pages stuck together, so I'm not an isolated case of this happening. Clearly a case of a poor rushed print job*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Greate story, bad book. 16 Mar 2011
By Jakob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although the story is greate, and i couldnt resist reading it from cover to cover, it has its flaws. The most prominent one is that they printed one of the series twice in a row. Something that almost a blind proofreader would notice. Apart from that, one of the best series ive ever read.

Best regards
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic!! 27 Sep 2010
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Saw some other reviews saying the physical quality of the book was poor, but found this not to be true in my case. Book is excellent in both quality and material in it. A must have for Ennis fans and anyone who enjoys things that are awesome. Not for children!! Cool characters, cool story, and if you're not into comics, give this a try and you might change your mind.
9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Meh. 10 July 2009
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Not worth the price, the story's as acceptable (read: Not Ennis' best, but not worst either) as it was when Wildstorm was pumping them out, and it has some okay extras, but, like the other negative reviewer said, the paper quality is poor and the printing/cutting is shoddy too.

Do yourself a favor and buy the TPB, or maybe the cheaper hardcover that's coming out soon.
8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Beatiful collection of an amazing comic 2 Jan 2009
By Bondidude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I became a fan of The Boys while reading Preacher, also by Garth Ennis, and fell in love with. I have every issue since #7 and have read them all, but always hate to re-read issues. Then I found out about this and immediately put it on my wishlist for Christmas.

It came a little late for Christmas, but it was well worth the wait.

First off I just want to say this is a beautiful collection. The art on the inside is gorgeous, printed on a nice glossy paper, and if I'm not mistaken is even a little larger. You really get a great feel for the ammount of detail that Darick Robertson puts into his pencils.

The writing is spectacular, it's trademark Ennis where if you're not a fan of harsh language, graphic violence, sexual innuendo, graphic violence, can't allow super heroes to be made fun of, and did I mention the graphic violence, you should not be reading this book. However, if you are an Ennis fan than you will be very pleased to find his trademark style of sophisticated wit mixed with gross out toilet humor is overflowing out of the pages of this book.

The extras in the book are also pretty decent, it contains the introduction too the original trade by Simon Pegg, who one of the characters is based on, along with Robertson's sketch book that was included in the original trade, along with some new additions. It also includes the original script for one of the issues included in the series and a short 4 page story starring the characters of the series. Overall the extras in the book are decent enough, they add a little, but not a whole lot to the overall book.

Still, this is a must have for any fan of any of Ennis work whether it be Preacher, his work on The Punisher, or any of his other various work. This is also a great price for this set which normally retails for $75 (at this time it's less than $50).

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