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  • Highland Laddie 6: Everyone loses their balls.

    Not sure I'm up to a full recap of this issue. I'll hit the high points:

    -Hughie finally apologizes for being a gigantic douchenozzle.
    -Painter Dude is, in fact, Mallory.
    -Transvestite dude gets castrated.

    I can't remember who guessed that Painter Dude would end up being Mallory, but congrats to whoever it was. I still feel like "drawing someone totally different" isn't the fairest or most creative way to set up a Reveal like this one. It's an example of a character doing something merely to fool the AUDIENCE, not the characters that they're interacting with. Hughie didn't know Mallory from Adam. There's no reason Mallory would have had to undergo massive facial reconstruction, grow three inches taller, lose 75lbs of muscle, and pick up a Scottish accent just to fool Hughie. All those things were done to fool us as readers, and it's a cheap gimmick.

    Anyway, thus ends the most inexplicable spinoff in history. We are literally right back to where we were before the arc began. It wasn't a bad arc, but it was pointless. I don't feel brutalized like I did after reading Herogasm, but I do feel kind of confused and empty, like Galactus after eating the planet Poppup. (Oldtime Comic Geeks Unite!)

    I guess at very least Annie had a chance to stand up for herself briefly. I kinda wonder why Hughie didn't just come out and tell her about the Boys, though. I guess he's not quite done holding the Idiot Ball.

  • #2
    I called it! I said it would either be Mallory or Hughie's real paw! Celebratory cocain for me!

    However, I feel cheated. Highland Laddie #6 was advertised as the revelation of Hughie's great secret, and it was just him carrying a little dog through Vietnam and Jurassic Park or some nonsense. I assumed that the "big secret" would be his involvement with The Boys, but I suppose he'll spill the beans when the time for his confrontation with Ye Good Olde Billy Butcher comes.

    At this point, I don't know how likely it is, but I want a happy ending for Hughie and Annie. I want that all The Boys get what they want (MM: his revenge on Vough, Butcher: Homelander's head, Frenchie: to get his dad back... too bad it's too late for a crossover with DC's Blackest Night).

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Kamakazi View Post
      -Painter Dude is, in fact, Mallory.

      What?! Hold on a moment! Saidestroyer, keep the nose off my sugar box!

      He isn't Mallory!

      While this is one of the dumbest stories Ennis has ever written, I believe there's still hope for logic.

      Why would Mall leave Hughie his cell number, instead of simply approaching him after the "battle" and saying "You did the right thing, and justice prevailed. Oh, btw, my real name is Mallory. Greg Mallory." ??? Just to have Hughie travel half the world back to Mall's home (thus delaying whatever interesting conversation they're supposed to have?)

      Ok, Ennis drunk too many pints this time, but that's monumentally moronic, even for a whole spin-off whose only purpose was providing Hughie a phone number.

      I suppose MM arranged things with Mall so an agent could watch over Hughie, study him and realize if he got too much Butchered. When he's reassured our laddie is still a human being (and an expecially dumb specimen, actually), he provides Mall's number. As a matter of fact, this is the only way the series can have a logical progression (Hughie calls Mall and reaches him at his home in West Coast, where he's supposed to be waiting).

      NO WAY "Mr.Vigors" is Mallory in person. I've re-read the whole arc twice and looked carefully at every single panel where he's is portrayed, and his behaviour is completely different from Mall's, plus he's too old and differently shaped to be him, even accounting for McCrea's own share of pints.
      Damn, in HL #2 he looks like an older Butcher!

      Come on, guys, this mini was silly enough without Mall becoming an undercover naturalist painter with a thing for Scottish killer seagulls.

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      • #4
        Kamakazi, You said it. There was really berry berry little in this "wrap up" issue. (enjoyed the G-man/Impossible Man reference)

        I'm perplexed about this whole dog "reveal"... Is THAT why Hughie caves in when confronted... Is THAT why the bizarre tapeworm thing happened and the suicidal pilot thing... Hughie just has weird things that happen to him? Does THAT have anything to do with Hughie's real parents? THAT dog thing was just a cop out... Walking with dinosaurs and through wars to take the wee dug home... Huh?!

        saidestroyer, You called it.. I backed your call 100% Let the dance of triumph begin!.. Okay, maybe I'll just be satisfied with Innis finally making a little sense out of "Hughie-Doo and the Archies Doo Scotland"

        Boris, Mallory DID stop by and try to catch Hughie... Mallory was being covert... Hughie has CIA credentials, Mallory may not have them, or wouldn't use them unless his cover was blown...

        But, you have a good point. Are we supposed to believe Mallory was there investigating the V-laced cocaine distribution and he ran into Hughie by coincidence? MM could have tipped Mallory off about Hughie, allowing Mallory to investigate Hughie while stopping the world's most inept drug smugglers... Mallory killed two fulmars with one stoner!!!

        (Wild flash forward: When I wrote that I just envisioned Mallory taking out Vought Guy while Butcher goes toe-to-toe with Homelander)

        Anyway, Vigors was supposed to have an English accent (Mallory was to smart to try to fake a Scottish Accent in Scotland). It's why he wasn't written the same as everyone else. Plus, he's been around the Brits since back in 1944. So, it would probably sound pretty authentic...

        Mallory's been "in the game" for 60+ years, so I'm sure he has played lots of different roles... I thought it was interesting that in all The Boys flashbacks Mallory isn't really shown doing any "hands-on" fighting (until he took that poke at Butcher ) I view him as conservative, calculating and only personally using brute force when he can't figure out another way to get the job done... Kinda an American Roger Moore James Bond, not a Sean Connery James Bond... Definitely not a Daniel Craig James Bond (or a Nick Fury)!

        Maybe losing his granddaughters or the confrontation with Butcher was the final straw in him realizing that the bad@$$, cold war, tough as nails, cowboy method just wasn't his style anymore... Leave that for Dakota Bob... Now, he's the kinder gentler Mallory... I just wonder if Mallory now views Butcher as someone ALMOST as dangerous as VA and Homelander...

        ps. I knew Det was taking that bullet, one way or another... And we all knew Hughie couldn't keep from returning to Annie's ample bosom of nuturance... (can you say Starlight whipped? Hughie may as well sell his leather overcoat and buy a gimp suit)

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        • #5
          I CAN'T FIND MY WEE WEE SITCK!!

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          • #6
            6 pointless issues.

            I shall console myself with the thought that I only spent 3 on Issue 1.

            Chris

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            • #7
              Originally posted by saidestroyer View Post
              I CAN'T FIND MY WEE WEE SITCK!!


              Put down my sugar box and get out of my kitchen! I warned you!


              Hot_Ch0co, I'm not listening to you. He isn't Mallory, no he isn't, la lalalala...

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              • #8
                after 6 issues...just confirmation why Hughie is a putz.
                He was adopted, played some Michael Vick here and there (I had a dog just like Hamish actually), you're only as strong a man as the company you keep, he won't be an alpha male...sure. I get the point of that and I see the value of that in a story in something like The Boys. 6 issues of it though? Annie and Hughie got back together. Mallory is tracking who Hughie is, saved his ass and gave him a way to contact him. Poor damn Hughie just has another reason to keep his head down and the trip home did more harm than good.

                I walked away from Herogasm respecting the story because once the intended shock value was done, it was good to go. It was fun after all the porn that someone mentioned seemed to intentionally be hideous--not to smack McCrea, he's by far more talented than I--to drive the fact home those women were just hideous. Agent Lucero, Dakota Bob--hey, cheers and Semper Fi. That story had a huge twist and it was solid.

                I didn't walk away from this story with that though. I think we'll know how Mallory can influence Hughie in the future and I think a burnt-out Hughie is gonna be shown.

                So glad that the drug peddler nor Mallory were revealed (at least as of now) as Hughie's father. Seriously, cover 3? That dude with Sarah could have passed for Pappa Hughie in a heartbeat, and that's not criticism of Robertson's artwork.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Boris View Post
                  Put down my sugar box and get out of my kitchen! I warned you!
                  NEVER!! NOT UNTIL I FIND MY WEE WEE STICK.


                  I bet that moment will make it high into a list of "The Boys Moments" in a few years.

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                  • #10
                    saidestroyer:
                    However, I feel cheated.... I suppose he'll spill the beans when the time for his confrontation with Ye Good Olde Billy Butcher comes.
                    Hmmmmm...Is Hughie going to try to LIE to Butcher about getting back with Annie?... Oh I'd like to see how well that works... And how long will Annie drop the "Hughie, how did you REALLY see that video of me earning my Homelander/Black Noir/A-Train kneepad set?" question?...

                    Sir Gibby:
                    I walked away from Herogasm respecting the story because once the intended shock value was done, it was good to go.... Agent Lucero, Dakota Bob--hey, cheers and Semper Fi. That story had a huge twist and it was solid.
                    I agree that Herogasm was a SOLID story with a SOLID ending... The Boys hiding on an island full of supes (with Vought Guy and Vic being there) added a TON of tension to the story...The only unresolved issue was the Black Noir/Hughie "close encounter".... The SIX issue Laddie run felt much less satisfying... So much was left confused or unresolved... Who are Hughie's bio parents? What happened to the boatload of Russian V-Laced coke? (and who was REALLY behind it? That crap is supposed to be neither cheap nor readily available, right?) Why was Hughie in Jurassic Park and WW II? Why does Hughie panic and fold whenever someone confronts him? Why did all that bizarre stuff happen to Wee Wee Hughie? What about the crazy preacher? Where did Auntie Tapeworm go? Why introduce Hughie's ex-not-really-girlfriend? How/Why did Mallory get involved in this caper in the first place? Why can't Hughie say he loves his adoptive parents? Is it because.... They treat him so well, or he hit a dog with a rock, or that time he was almost eaten by a dinosaur...?

                    Boris, Denial is not a river in the Amazon with piranha and tiny tasty bits of Pre-Wiz floating in it! Um...Or something like that...

                    ps. Here is my really scary thought... The "I Tell You No Lie, G.I" storyline took a total of FOUR issues to lay out the entire history of Vought, the story of Vogelbaum (and his family), the history of supes in general (and The Seven in particular), the background of the conflict between VA and the rest of the military industrial complex, the background of the Legend, what really happened on 9/11, Dakota Bob & Vic the Veep's background, and the story and resolution of the first confrontation between the Seven and The Boys, not to mention it dropped major Mallory tidbits, and probably a few other things I'm leaving out...

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                    • #11
                      "Denial is not a river in the Amazon with piranha and tiny tasty bits of Pre-Wiz floating in it!"

                      That is SO becoming my new .sig!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Boris View Post
                        What?! Hold on a moment! Saidestroyer, keep the nose off my sugar box!

                        He isn't Mallory!

                        While this is one of the dumbest stories Ennis has ever written, I believe there's still hope for logic.

                        Why would Mall leave Hughie his cell number, instead of simply approaching him after the "battle" and saying "You did the right thing, and justice prevailed. Oh, btw, my real name is Mallory. Greg Mallory." ??? Just to have Hughie travel half the world back to Mall's home (thus delaying whatever interesting conversation they're supposed to have?)

                        Ok, Ennis drunk too many pints this time, but that's monumentally moronic, even for a whole spin-off whose only purpose was providing Hughie a phone number.

                        I suppose MM arranged things with Mall so an agent could watch over Hughie, study him and realize if he got too much Butchered. When he's reassured our laddie is still a human being (and an expecially dumb specimen, actually), he provides Mall's number. As a matter of fact, this is the only way the series can have a logical progression (Hughie calls Mall and reaches him at his home in West Coast, where he's supposed to be waiting).

                        NO WAY "Mr.Vigors" is Mallory in person. I've re-read the whole arc twice and looked carefully at every single panel where he's is portrayed, and his behaviour is completely different from Mall's, plus he's too old and differently shaped to be him, even accounting for McCrea's own share of pints.
                        Damn, in HL #2 he looks like an older Butcher!

                        Come on, guys, this mini was silly enough without Mall becoming an undercover naturalist painter with a thing for Scottish killer seagulls.


                        Ok, I've read issue #52 preview, and I surrender.

                        Old mr. Vigors is Mallory, he aged thirty years since 9/11 and he fakes English accent like nothing.
                        It's not right, but it's true.

                        At least even Mall is already bossing Hughie around.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Boris View Post
                          Ok, I've read issue #52 preview, and I surrender.

                          Old mr. Vigors is Mallory, he aged thirty years since 9/11 and he fakes English accent like nothing.
                          It's not right, but it's true.

                          At least even Mall is already bossing Hughie around.
                          I like the way in 2 seconds he has dropped the "sweet old English gentleman" persona and he's a whiskey sluggin', backwoods, ex-military hard@ss (with a near-permanent scowl on his face)!

                          And who DOESN'T boss Hughie around?... Just wait until Jamie the Hamster bitch-slaps Hughie for leaving him in New York for so long!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Boris View Post
                            Ok, I've read issue #52 preview, and I surrender.
                            If it makes you feel any better, I didn't want to be right.

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