The Boys 20 (July 2008)

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Ennis continues his recounting of superheroes in Boys world. It goes reasonably well–Butcher gets laugh during his chat with the Superman guy–but Ennis is too obvious with some of the other stuff.

He’s got Annie in trouble with one of her teammates, only she doesn’t know it yet. Foreshadowing! Maybe it’s Robertson. His quality is up and down this issue. At one point I thought he was doing an homage to young John Byrne, but after a few more awkward panels, I realized he’s just rushing.

The exposition still works, but the story’s not compelling enough. Ennis needs real wow moments to make the Boys superhero origin special and he doesn’t have any. Especially since he’s taking the time to explain the 9/11 reference. It worked better as a surprise versus a plot point.

It’s a pleasant enough read, but Ennis is dragging it on too long.

CREDITS

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

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