Herogasm 2 (June 2009)

630002It took until the Boys show up I forgot they hadn’t made an appearance yet in this issue of Herogasm. Ennis has a lot going on–the moronic vice president arriving, the company man explaining the situation to some of the heroes… the Superman stand-in killing everyone on a plane.

You know, little stuff.

Maybe it’s the art, but it’s hard to take Herogasm seriously. Ennis occasionally gets very serious on The Boys, but in this series he’s able to refer to serious events in that series and still keep them lighthearted. He goes for a laugh every time–often cheap laughs–and gets them.

He’s also able to move between repugnant characters, listen in on their bantering, and still make the scenes enjoyable. Again, it’s because of the art. McCrea and Burns make it all so comical. Except the airplane scene.

The issue’s not deep, but it works.


Two: Amsterdam; writer, Garth Ennis; artists, John McCrea and Keith Burns; colorist, Tony Avina; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.