Review – The Boys #43 (DE, 2010)

As an end to ‘The Innocents’, the end was satisfying enough, as we, as readers, had already got the message that these ‘supes’ were, in the main, simple and artless – big kids. Hughie and Malchemical get to face-off, but the final blow is dealt by someone else, in a manner that is funny but not neccesarily what I wanted to see. To be honest I wanted Hughie to finish off Malchemical but there are limits to what our little hero can do, and that particular super-bastard (Malchemical really gets to twirl his moustache and chew the scenery in this issue) is too much for him.

So, good-bye SuperDuper, and not before time – they had out-stayed their welcome by at least an issue. What ‘The Innocents’ was all about in the grand scheme of things, is more important. This arc has established fractures in ‘The Boys’ (no spoilers on that one – just read it) and a growing atmosphere of tension and conflict. We also seem closer to an all-out war with Vought American, and The Seven. The final panels suggest that Annie & Hughie, much as in ‘The Innocents’, are the plot device that will escalate any potential conflict between Vought American / The Seven and The Boys. Well, bring it on, because Ennis is putting all the pieces in place for an apocalyptic scrap. I don’t think he will disappoint either, because he rarely does that. And Darick Robertson contributes his usual high quality art, really emphasising the tension and violence throughout the issue.

Great issue – not so much for the Superduper story, but for what this arc represents in the wider narrative.

Review – The Walking Dead #73 (Image, 2010)

Game of two halves – the first half continuing with Rick & Glenn’s subterfuge, amongst a few interesting plot threads being drawn out -including….. a love interest for Andrea? Some of it is a bit soap-opera (and maybe neccesarily so – Kirkman drawing us into this false sense of Suburbia?) and, apart from the Rick and Glenn shenanigans, it merely meanders. The second half is something else though, and it’s time for our cover star, Sgt Abraham Ford, to shine. Caught in a desperate situation involving a supply run and a zombie ambush, it is balls to the floor FUN. Whoever gets to play him in the AMC show is going to have to brush up on his Stallone / Willis / Statham attitude. Sgt Ford ROCKS in that American Action Hero way – and Kirkman uses that side to Abraham sparingly, so when he does get to strut his stuff, it just puts a big smile on your face.

If I may, I want to return briefly back to Rick, and a telling comment he makes to Glen as they plot to distribute their ‘insurance policy’ to ‘their people’;

“…if there’s ever a situation where people start taking sides we can’t assume all our people will stay loyal…”

just shows what a few years in that world has done to that man. Trust no-one. Especially Rick Grimes.

Oh……..Art seemed a little bit below par this month though – some of the faces seemed to be melting – or was that the brown acid I took? *

And was #73 of The Walking Dead any good? Yes it was, absorbing without being outstanding, gripping without being melodramatic. It just did it’s thing.

* I didn’t take any brown acid during the production of this post. It was mescaline.