The Boys Volume 5: Herogasm Paperback – 1 Dec 2009
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About the Author
Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of Preacher, Hellblazer, Hitman and Judge Dredd. Much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style, he is now writing a new Authority: Kev series for DC/WildStorm, as well as Marvel's Punisher. Darick Robertson is the critically acclaimed artist and co-creator of Transmetropolitan.
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As this is an odd numbered volume we learn more about what is going on and what has gone on before. This volume is a cross between Where's Wally in Pornoland and the Manchurian Candidate. It expertly fuses eye popping titillation and political skulduggery and something bad happens to Wee Hughie.
This is a skilfully told story with masterfully subtle setups and shocking or satisfying payoffs. We are now well and truly hooked and can't wait for more. Absolutely a Thumbs Up!
Oh look an orgy and swearing and really heavy handed establishing of the fact that these are amoral heroes and not what you expect from heroes and oh look moral hypocrisy... There is nothing subtle here. It is exposition, plot development and character development done with a brick (the brick, for good measure, has some gratuitous swearing on it for no good reason because of laziness and a desire to some kind of lowest common denominator appeal that finds breasts intrinsically and simultaneously hilarious and confusing).
No prude, and had really enjoyed Ennis' disregard for taste or decency in the past. This was the moment the series did something indescribable with a cucumber to the shark, to purloin and massacre the old Happy Days cliché.
It as like having someone who's work you really enjoyed had started using their greatest hits repeatedly and increasingly poorly.
Hated it. Persevered with the series, it did get better but never recovered. But this was the absolute nadir.
There is plenty of action and plenty of over the top madness with the superheroes at their yearly get together Herogasm which is basically a mass orgy with the Supies (The supes version of the Oscars). The Boys are mainly in hiding in this one overseeing everything but the Vought America storyline gets deeper with Vought basically trying to take over the White House.
As usual the artwork is fantastic and the story line was fast paced and fun. In my opinion this isn't the best of The Boys but it's certainly a great read.
There's not much more to the story - Homelander's planning something, Vought American continue their plan for world domination, the Boys find some more backstory to their version of 9/11 that wasn't elaborated on in "Good for the Soul". But it's not enough for a full book.
I'm not a prude by any stretch but there's far too much gratuitous porn. Supes doing it with hookers, doing drugs, this goes on for pages and pages. If I wanted porn I'd have some, but when I pick up a comic book, especially one as good as this series is, I expect something more, and sadly, this book has none of the interest of the previous 4.
John McCrea's not a terrible artist but Darick Robertson is a better one and his presence is definitely missed in this book. Hopefully the hints set up in "Herogasm" will make for a much more interesting 6th book. This book is definitely missable and adds nothing to the overall story arch of this series.
The idea of the boys was fresh new, and really worked with Garths raw humour poking fun at conventional super heroes. But now... the story hasn't moved on, and is actaully becming a bit stale. Sorry to say that cos Garth is a legend.
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