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Review: The Boys #58

Writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson have added yet another spectacularly sordid chapter to their uber-violent/hyper-sexual brainchild that is, “The Boys” from Dynamite Comics.  The Boys # 58 plays out like a great undercard match to a UFC title fight. It builds anticipation, throws a couple of surprise punches and gets the audience drooling, howling and screaming for the main event.

If you haven’t gotten around to reading The Boys yet, and shame on you if you haven’t, let me give you a quick skinny on what the series is about:  The Boys follows a secret group of government agents (Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, The Frenchman and The Female) as they investigate, arrest, humiliate or just outright kill the perverted, abusive deviants that pass as superheroes in their world.

The latest issue from the depraved duo sets up what might (hopefully) be the biggest fight in The Boys history: The Boys versus The Seven (who are basically twisted versions of the Justice League)! Issue # 58 is part three of an arc (“The Big Ride”) in which a returned and rededicated Hughie  and his “big brother-type” Butcher investigate the murder of a transexual sex worker in a superhero-frequented bordello.   As all evidence points to an obvious suspect (Jack from Jupiter; a powerful alien who enjoys being gang-banged by a room full of chicks-with-dicks) Hughie and Butcher remain reluctant to accept what looks like an open-and-shut case.  Unfortunately for them, the video of Jack verbally berating tranny prostitutes as they train-wreck him from behind is released to the media causing The Seven to confront The Boys on the roof of their headquarters in Times Square.

Ennis’ writing on The Boys has never backed down from its debased, tongue-in-cheek charm that made it an instant hit when it was released in 2006 and issue # 58 is no exception. What I enjoyed about this issue was that it gets the reader revved up for the possible confrontation that may come in the next issue with the great cliff-hanger ending.

Of course Robertson’s artwork is as usual up to par. Though I’ve never been a huge fan of his almost cartoony-style superhero art, Robertson’s hilarious depictions of said superheroes’ pevertedness is so perfectly fit for the series that I couldn’t imagine anyone else drawing it. His face work is priceless and really tells half of the story.

All that being said The Boys # 58 is definitely worth a pick-up even if it is somewhat of a pedestrian issue. Overall The Boys is much more lighthearted than Ennis’ other work (which includes Preacher, Wormwood, and Crossed) balancing the violent scenes with awesome back-and-forth banter between the twisted characters on both sides of the fence. In short, The Boys is worth the pick up almost every month especially if your looking to spice up your steady diet of superhero with something a little bit more superhero/indy.

Reviewed by Nick Santos

TK 60: The List (Part Three)

EJ and Jad join John for the first episode of 2011! Continuing the rundown of TK’s 100 favorite comics, the gang struggles to keep it together as they nerd out around a bottle of red wine.

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Prejudged! 06.02.10

Welcome back to a special edition of Prejudged! This week we look at indie graphic novel releases from big name creators. These types of releases allow these creators get back to their roots and experiment with new ideas that have branched out of working in the mainstream comic book industry.

Moving Pictures

MOVING PICTURES

Written by: Kathryn Immonen

Art by: Stuart Immonen

Cover by: Stuart Immonen

TK favorite Stuart Immonen, along with his wife Kathryn, brings us this tale set in two timelines.

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During World War II the Nazis pillaged much of Europe’s great art collections. Museum curator Ila Gardner and SS officer Rolf Hauptmann are forced by circumstances to play out an awkward and dangerous relationship in a public power struggle. Moving Pictures unfolds along two timelines which collide with the revelation of a terrible secret, an enigmatic decision that not many would make, and the realization that sometimes the only choice left is the refusal to choose.

A God Somewhere

A GOD SOMEWHERE

Written by: John Arcudi

Art by: Peter Snejbjerg & Bjarne Hansen

Cover by: Peter Snejbjerg & Bjarne Hansen

A tragic Super Hero tale as seen through the eyes of those closest to them, from the mind of Hellboy artist John Arcudi.

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After a mysterious disaster, a young man named Eric finds that he has just as mysteriously developed extraordinary abilities. He starts out trying to help people, but his solitary position in the world isolates him in ways no ordinary human could understand. This original graphic novel written by John Arcudi (B.P.R.D., WEDNESDAY COMICS) charts the arc of Eric’s evolution from man to…something else, as seen through the eyes of his family and his best friend, Sam.

The Pro

THE PRO

Written by: Garth Ennis

Art by: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

Meet the world’s first superhero/prostitute. Once again, Garth Ennis screws with your head and the genre, with the spectacular art of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Solicitation:

Reintroducing the outrageous story of THE PRO in a paperback version of the deluxe hardcover edition. Just when you think GARTH ENNIS has gone too far, just when you thought it was safe to walk the streets, just when you thought no one would go near the idea of the world’s first superhero prostitute… here comes THE PRO! Plus, in “The Pro Meets the Ho,” our plucky heroine faces a super-powered “soiled dove” whose powers of perversion exceed the Pro’s own!

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Tres Komikeros 37

It’s the 2009 Year Ender Episode with not two… not seven… but FOUR Komikeros at the microphones.  Listen to EJ, Alex, John, and Migs recount the year’s best and worst comic moments, single issues, moments, and of course, ongoing titles.  Enough with the preamble — this episode’s jam-packed, so get to listening!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!

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Tres Komikeros 21

ep-21-imageAhoy hoy, people shmeople!  EJ, Alex, and John are back with reviews of this past week’s hottest books.  For main reviews, the boys dive into Secret Warriors #1, Hotwire #1, and Crossed #3!  After a round of quick shots that gives Final Crisis #7 it’s due attention, the three bastards then tackle burning issues such as Christian Bale’s on-set outburst, the recently-released G.I. Joe teaser trailer, and which DC character deserves his or her own book.

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Episode 04

In this episode, the komikeros review:

We also have a round of War of Thumbs discussing the recent influx of TV-show comics, political content in comic books, and the censorship of All-Star Batman #10. To cap it off, we crossfired points about the difference between comics and graphic novels… assuming of course that there really is one.

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