Boys Vol 12 -The Bloody Doors Off Paperback – 25 Dec 2012
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"[A] horrid, misogynist, juvenile, stupid and thoroughly jolly take on the men-in-tights myth." (The Independent)"
About the Author
Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of The Boys, Preacher, Hellblazer, Hitman and Judge Dredd. Russ Braun is a freelance illustrator and comic artist whose past clients have included DC Comics and Disney Animation Studios Darick Robertson is the critically acclaimed artist and co-creator of Transmetropolitan.
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believable characters is the key to the story, once you suspend you disbelief to include supes in your world you really can't expect the reader to then buy into unrealistic characters as well or ridiculous plot driving events just to get to the money shot.
So despite the new twist to the story, it's still mainly a tying up of loose ends & seeing everyone get what they deserve (or don't, in some cases). Anyone who thought some of the previous volumes were slow may not like this one but I was totally hooked by the character-driven story. It's very satisfying to see the series come to its logical conclusion & for Ennis to give us full closure instead of fashionably tacking on an ambiguous ending. Highland Laddie notwithstanding, it's a great end to a mature & thought-provoking series.
Graphics and Storyline up to standard.
With the spin-offs 'Butcher Baker' and 'Highland Laddie' aside (which I thought felt a little flat when judged by the extremely high standard of the main title); Garth Ennis has created a stone cold classic in The Boys. You may have thought the story was pretty much over after the explosive events of vol 11, but Ennis has one more rip-roaring ride left for fans of The Boys and this is every bit the fitting conclusion the series deserved. Funny, dark, shocking, exciting... Simply excellent.
It's difficult to explain how I feel about this Vol. without giving anything away, and as it can't be brought from Amazon yet, I don't want anything ruined for anyone. Vol. 12 finishes the entire story arc, giving an actual ending to all characters that we've known and learned to love. As expected from the end of the last Vol. Butcher goes off alone for full retaliation for the death of his wife, and as we know that she brought him back from the brink, made him care again, without her he would be nothing, blah, blah, blah (it's such an obvious development to the character that it is a little disappointing). As Butcher sets his final plans in motion, Hughie has no choice but to confront him along with the rest of the Boys.
I picked the book up and finished it 30min later as I couldn't put it, wanting to know how they finish the series. I love how they finish Butcher, a little obvious once you get half way through, and one of those confrontations that everyone would want to be different, but Ennis does as only it can really end, and Vought continue in this series as the slimy corporations that you despise. If you have read the rest of The Boys then you're going to read this, it is an excellent ending to what I have enjoyed reading, and have to admit, for someone who loves thinking I can make a better ending I must admit this couldn't really end any other way.
This is the book that ends it all with a bang - a blaze of glory. Now that the tale is told what will become of the characters? How will he make sure that neither he nor anyone else starts pimping out The Boys as happened with the Crossed title Ennis created? It won't be pleasant but it will be very shrewd.
This is an astonishingly good book. Because we have invested all this time in these characters and in this world we care about it so much. Ennis recognises this and knows just how to stick the knife in. This is one of the most tense and gut-wrenching reads ever as all bets are off. There is humour, there is genuine emotion, and a few political points to be scored to boot.
The art is great with the ensemble delivering a top notch performance to match the riveting story. There are some outstanding portraits and expressions that really grab you and deliver the emotional right-hook this book is all about.
This is the finest of all the books in the series. Saving the best till last this is the epitome of a Double Thumbs Up!!
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this is the best series in the world ever lots of action and an ending which is really good as you dont want it to go on forever nuff saidPublished on 21 Mar. 2013 by Jhammond
The best graphic novels since Watchmen. Dark, twisted, funny and addictive. Garth Ennis is an Alan Moore for this age. Totally recommended reading.Published on 2 Feb. 2013 by L. Mumford