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Sympathy for the Devil,
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This review is from: The Boys - Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker (Vol. 10) (Boys 10) (Paperback)As has happened a few times with this series, it says in Amazon's blurb that it hasn't been released yet but my copy arrived yesterday.
10 volumes in & we finally learn the nitty-gritty about Butcher. There aren't a huge number of surprises as we've been told a lot of it already, albeit mostly through hints. A bad lad from the East End who escapes to the army, his world comes crashing down when the woman he loves is destroyed by the whim of an uncaring 'super hero'. What is amazing is that Ennis makes it utterly convincing & actually succeeds in making a Butcher a sympathetic character. He tortures & murders the 'supes' at any given opportunity & yet comes across here as utterly justified; unpalatable, unfortunate but justified.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that despite being a spin-off, it was beautifully illustrated by Darick Robertson. That combined with Ennis' superb writing make this one of the best volumes yet. I was particularly impressed by Ennis' unflinching depiction of dark deeds, such as the horrific side of warfare & domestic violence. Deeds which ARE inflicted on the deserving & undeserving alike on a regular basis but which most writers sanitise or glamourise. And these deeds will continue to be inflicted while they are glossed over or hidden under the carpet, so more power to writers who follow Ennis' example & depict them as being as grubby as they really are. Ennis comes across as somebody with deep insight into how the world really works behind the scenes & an unparalleled gift to portray it in an entertaining fashion.
Highly recommended - I feel guilty for only giving the previous volume 3 stars now!