Russ Braun

The Boys 71 (October 2012)

For the last regular issue–there’s one more, but this one ends the plot line of the the final arc at least–Ennis does rather well. He doesn’t recover the series, however. He turns in almost a standalone. One wouldn’t have to read the previous thirty or forty issues to still get a good experience. One definitely […]

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The Boys 70 (September 2012)

It’s a fast issue. Hughie gets to meet some mentioned, but never seen characters. Well, let’s just say Ennis should have gone the Vera and Maris route because doing a Lovecraft thing? Not the best scene. He can’t even make it funny when he tries. Ennis resolves two mysteries the series never needed solving. Then […]

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The Boys 69 (August 2012)

I’d say another problem with Ennis’s big twist is how many twists does he really need for this comic book. He’s about to hit seventy issues–I’m not going to do the math, but his readers have dropped north of two hundred bucks on this series (especially since it’s so heavy on continuity–no jumping on late)… […]

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The Boys 68 (July 2012)

I don’t think I’ve ever quite read something like what Ennis is doing with The Boys. He’s making the reader feel bad about liking the comic. It’s a crazy thing, full of hostility. There’s also some other stuff. Some good stuff. Well, the one good moment where the Female finally talks. It’s an awesome moment, […]

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The Boys 67 (June 2012)

The biggest surprise this issue–and the issue has three or four surprises, maybe five–has to be Ennis deciding to deport the Boys. Except Mother’s Milk. It’s a throwaway little bit, intended to show how Hughie is becoming more like Butcher, but it’s an unexpected complication. The other surprises? While Ennis hasn’t been foreshadowing them directly, […]

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The Boys 66 (May 2012)

Ennis opens with the most exciting thing in the issue–only he doesn’t intimate there’s not going to be anything else exciting in the issue. He also doesn’t explain the scene. He just lets it play out, then goes back to the fallout from the previous arc. The Boys sort of break up this issue. They […]

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The Boys 65 (April 2012)

And Ennis comes up with a huge surprise reveal–before teasing a surprise in the next issue. He doesn’t go as far with it as he could; he basically does a Brubaker. He reveals something in the characters’ history to change everything they knew and so on. He doesn’t do a full Brubaker though. I was […]

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The Boys 64 (March 2012)

There’s so much talking. Ennis just has Butcher and Hughie standing around talking for what seems like six pages. They’re waiting at the White House for the big showdown, only there’s a secret they don’t realize–Black Noir is up to something and no one knows about it except Mother’s Milk…. And he decides to wait […]

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The Boys 63 (February 2013)

Even though Braun gets loose every other page (or maybe even panel) and Ennis’s big finish for Hughie and A-Train flops, the issue works. Things are finally coming to a close and Ennis is working at a breakneck speed. There are lots of callbacks to better issues, whether it’s the stuff between Frenchie and the […]

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The Boys 62 (January 2012)

I don’t know what’s going on with Braun’s art, but he gets positively cartoony at times this issue. It’s like he’s too enthusiastic with Ennis’s humorous moments, which mostly involve Butcher making a wisecrack. With Ennis trying to wind everything up, he’s dialed certain things back on The Boys. It looks a lot like the […]

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The Boys 61 (December 2011)

The Boys is so far off the rails, it’s hard to even get excited about a decent issue anymore. And this issue’s decent. It’s not good or great, but it’s got a couple funny moments and Ennis doesn’t shortchange Mother’s Milk entirely–just partially. And there’s a funny bit where Ennis makes fun of the Teen […]

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The Boys 60 (November 2011)

Once again, it’s very hard to determine whether Ennis had these plans for The Boys all along or if he rushed things along with contrivances. Because it sure feels like he’s rushing things along. Most of the issue is spent with the President, who’s sort of been a character but not one to run the […]

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The Boys 47 (October 2010)

Ennis inexplicably employs a third person narrator for the end of the issue, after Hughie breaks up with Annie. I’m nearly positive he’s never used it before in the series. It’s jarring, reminding the reader it’s just a comic. He also skips over giving the reader a look into Hughie’s thought process, as he acts […]

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The Boys 46 (September 2010)

Butcher gets around to setting Hughie up for the whole truth about Annie, which implies he’s also messing with Mother’s Milk’s flask, but there’s also a big reveal about Maeve. It all of a sudden makes sense why Ennis has always been so careful with her character–he’s got major plans for her. Or at least […]

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The Boys 45 (August 2010)

Actually, it wasn’t a soft cliffhanger last issue; Ennis takes the reader through Annie telling Hughie about her superhero life and Ennis and Braun show Hughie’s thought process in glorious detail. There’s a little humor with Frenchie and the Female as they infiltrate the superhero religion convention. Not a lot, but enough–with visual gags–to get […]

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The Boys 44 (July 2010)

I was going to comment on how different Robertson’s art looks, but it’s Russ Braun, not Robertson. Braun does a good job too, except Tony Avina’s colors do way too much, putting in cheekbones and the like. Ennis finally has a go at religion this time–corporate “700 Club” type religion, with some Scientology digs thrown […]

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The Boys 43 (June 2010)

It’s another underwhelming issue. Ennis actually goes so far as to have Annie sitting in a coffee shop, writing Hughie an email all about her secrets. Why Butcher isn’t investigating her (or why he doesn’t have Hughie’s phone automatically tapped) is left untouched. One has to assume Ennis is trying to get the series somewhere […]

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