I really like the Boys and If you want the full set in print rather than scans you have to get this because it (re)introduces a major character; but it is a real gawd-'elp-us of a comic book. Nothing interesting happens. Hughie's Scottish roots are revealed : both stererotypical and preposterous. The story feels horribly like one of those comedy interludes in Shakespeare plays where clown characters come in and aren't funny for fifteen minutes without advancing the plot.
I presume this is meant to portray Wee Hughie's inner turmoil but, frankly, who cares?
This is drawn by John McCrea and Keith Burns rather than Darrick Robertson so lacks the wonderfully expressive facial expressions. Annie is particularly poorly drawn.
I recommend you buy this Boys book last, if ever.
Update: Recent "The Boy" s editions post "Highland Laddie" have been excellent; so this book appears to be a temporary abberration rather than evidence of a series losing its way. Though the loss of Darrick Robertson (other than for coverart) looks to be permanent sadly. I'll also comment that the slow pace of "HL" does demark the changes of tone and perspective in recent "Boy's" somewhat : so this may vindicate Reviewer M. Higg's "I'll have to wait and see how it fits into the overall story arc" attitude.
Update 2: Darrick Robertson is now back on the Boys doing the storyart for the "Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker" Billy Butcher backstory book. Lets hope he'll return to the Boys proper in time for the grand finale.