Authors Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, Illustrations Peter Snejbjerg
This is the spoiler free review of the first three Omnibus volumes of the graphic novel series The Boys. If you would like to read the spoiler full review complete with all the sex and violence please visit here.
The Boys is a graphic novel series in 6 huge omnibus volumes. It is also now a show on amazon prime streaming. I have not yet watched the show, I’ve heard good things.
The graphic novel is just as violent as I was expecting it to be but it’s also a lot more. It has WAY more graphic sex and sexual violence than I was prepared for, for one. But it also is way smarter and more profound than I thought it would be as well.
The basic premise is that this team called The Boys needs to be established in order to keep the other teams of super heroes in check. They’ve let power and fame throw them into hedonism and sadism that is rampantly out of control. They are doing far more harm than good.
The whole series is a commentary on a dense web of corruption that we can see paralleled in our own societies. Commentaries on the military industrial complex, the corruption of power and fame, and the true price of capitalism.
It’s a smart book. It balances the ultra violence with satire and well informed politics. However, that makes it all very dense.
I was expecting a lighter read. These first three volumes made for a tough binge. It’s going to be better to space it out a bit. There is some really rough material in these pages, lots of trigger warnings could be applied.
Although the book overall is smartly written and has a lot to say the structure leaves something to be desired. It’s episodic and becomes repetitive. The main plot takes a back seat to meandering side missions that ultimately don’t add much to the experience.
Many of these missions are entertaining but when read back to back they start to blend into each other. It becomes a melange of sex and violence that looses individual flavors.
The standout of the book, in my opinion, is a young naive new superhero named Annie, aka Starlight. She is the most interesting character in the whole book and deserves even more page time. Honestly, she is why I will even finish the series.
Her story is tragic and, although extreme, unfortunately relatable for any woman who’s ever been in a male dominated field. She’s the star of the book, not any member of The Boys or any other team of super heroes.
I do intend to finish the other three volumes of this series. It is definitely entertaining and interesting. But I can’t do it all in one go. It’s a big bite to chew and needs a few palate cleansers as I go.
If you do decide to venture into the corruption of this universe bring along some light reading for in between volumes. There’s only so much the average reader can take at once.
4/5 punches 👊👊👊👊
in order to keep me up to my ears in books please consider using the following amazon affiliate links to purchase these products. it’s at no extra cost to you and would really help me out, thank you and happy reading!
Buy it here: