THE BOYS: HIGHLAND LADDIE #1 (of 6)
32 pages FC • $3.99 • Mature
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Art by JOHN McCREA
Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON
Everyone’s favorite pint-sized Scotsman gets his own origin story, with art by Herogasm artist John McCrea. Mind reeling from recent events in The Boys, Wee Hughie heads home to Auchterladle- the semi-idyllic Scottish seaside town where he grew up. All Hughie wants is some time to himself, to return to the bosom of family and friends, and get his head together after two years of unimaginable chaos. But our hero’s luck has always been more cloud than silver lining, and the familiar surroundings he craves are not all they might be. You can go home again- but with old pals warped beyond recognition and strangers in town up to no good, whether or not you should is another matter entirely…
More debauchery, graphically illustrated, continues unabated at the Herogasm R&R event for the Supes. Everywhere you look are the sights and sounds of unchecked power, the loss of responsible behaviour to the raging thirst of powerful desires. It is a powerful argument as to why The Boys exist. They do not really come into it until the end, but their cameo is worth the price of admission, and sets up the next issue so well its just a pity it could not have been brought into this issue with some of the (literal) excess trimmed. It is a slight gripe, but otherwise the issue is another cracker. The Vought American powerplay moves into gear, with the plan to take out the Boys being pushed to one of the super teams – and it gives some explanation to some of the events in the already released Boys #31.
This issue is drenched in debauchery. Be warned. Especially if you are an older reader and have young kids. Don’t leave it lying around, unless you want to answer some awkward questions. So, in summary, NSFW, NSFK (not safe for kids) but bloody good fun. He is a very naughty boy that Garth Ennis, and has a very fertile imagination, especially when it comes to the supes choice of drug consumption (you probably wouldn’t be able to guess….but when you find out, you will not be surprised that he (Ennis) thought of it either….) His mate Darick Robertson provides a suitably risque cover, and John McCrea is very adept at illustrating all the SEX and DRUGS that fly around the panels.
I am getting used to a dose of The Boys world every 2 weeks. Can we make this a permanent fixture please?