Ennis doesn’t pull it off. There’s a huge connection to the regular Boys series, which seems rather forced, and the artists screw up the final shot of Annie so it’s unclear what’s going on with her and Hughie.
Highland Laddie ought to be amazing. It ought to be Local Hero as a comic book, with some superhero details and so on, but it’s just a mess instead. McCrea and Burns do an amazing disservice to the great parts of Ennis’s script.
Still, Ennis does a lot of the disservice himself. He’s got to know the good stuff–he filled the first few issues with it–but he doesn’t stick to it. He rushes again here, not even able to do a good reveal with Hughie’s friends’ resolutions.
And the intentional lack of resolution with the parents? It could have worked, but it doesn’t. Just like Hughie’s apologies.
It’s incredibly disappointing.
Made From Girders; writer, Garth Ennis; artists, John McCrea and Keith Burns; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.