The Boys 19 (June 2008)

Ennis opens with a war story–well, at least a few pages of one–and it’s nice to see he and Robertson doing it. Ennis’s zeal for the genre (along with his cynicism) play well in The Boys‘s flashback, as the Legend tells Hughie all about the history of superheroes. This issue covers until the Vietnam War and a little beyond, but I was mostly just wondering about the cover date and when Irredeemable started.

You can only do so much with Superman analogues, sure, but….

There’s also some stuff with Butcher facing off with said Superman analogue, which might end up with Ennis going over some of Butcher’s history too. For comic relief, he’s got the big team superheroes who aren’t cool enough to go on the secret meeting to the Boys.

It’s basically an “all exposition” issue, but Ennis and Robertson are gleeful enough they keep it moving.


I Tell You No Lie, G.I., Part One; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Darick Robertson; colorist, Tony Avina; letterer, Simon Bowland; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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