Ennis sends The Boys to Russia, which proves exactly what the series needs. He’s able to emphasize the characters while introducing the new material. Since they’re getting the information at the same time as the reader, the expository stuff is very smooth.
Robertson tones down the sensationalism too. The reason for the Russia visit is gradually revealed and always in dialogue. Hughie’s still the protagonist, but Ennis doesn’t emphasize it as much. The writing is very natural, very organic. The finale, for instance, is a complete surprise since Ennis isn’t raising any expectations.
So, while the issue is fun and well-done, it’s a little light on actual content. Ennis’s scenes are lengthy and full of natural dialogue. There’s really no action.
The most distinctive moment is the introduction of the new villain, which Ennis plays for humor. Actually, Ennis plays the whole issue for humor, even the humorless parts.
Glorious Five Year Plan, Part One; writer, Garth Ennis; penciller, Darick Robertson; inkers, Robertson and Rodney Ramos; colorist, Tony Avina; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.