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  • Dear Garth

    If you really are Garth Ennis...

    (This is going to sound rude, but I have bought issues 1-54, Herogasm 1-6, Highland Laddie 1 and no less than five TPBs. If that doesn't give me the right to complain, I don’t care. Sorry.)

    OK, this is what I want to know. Why did you decide to turn the boys into a terrible joke?

    All right, maybe it’s satire and my sense of humour isn't developed enough to take satire properly. But I like Steve Bell’s IF; he does an absurd take on the modern universe (at least until Thatcher left office, which is about where I stopped reading). The Boys has several elephants in the room and the most important one is that it can never decide if it is a serious story or a complete set of jokes and piss-takes.

    Right from the start, you told us that Butcher was incredibly dangerous and very smart. But he isn't. OK, he’s a dangerous sociopath – I get that. But he’s also very stupid. Why exactly does he recruit Hughie in the first place – Hughie’s a nice guy, but completely useless? And then he decides that Hughie just HAS to be working for VA. And THEN you tell us that Butcher engineered the confrontation with Malchemical, but Butcher didn't do a damned thing to start it. Judge Dredd is smarter than Butcher.

    Second, Hughie is completely freaking useless. What does he have to interest Butcher beside a burning desire for revenge against A-Train? He is a coward who doesn't even start to toughen himself up. I wanted to see him kick Malchemical’s ass, not be taken out so easily. Hughie is an idiot. And his origin story, such as it is, is just more disgustingness...and an insult to my home country, scotland. You would have been better off if you'd just ripped off Oor Willie without trying to put your own spin on it.

    Third, every single freaking story arc has at least one disgusting moment. Hughie needs a shit in Get Some. Love Sausage’s costume. Anne’s period when Hughie goes down on her. The scenes at Herogasm. And so on. And so on. We don’t need disgusting shit to make us read comics; we need good storytelling and a consistent universe.

    Fourth, I never had the sense that the Boys were in any real danger. Even when facing the G-Men, it doesn't seem like impossible odds. And Payback folds far too quickly. Even the Homelander doesn’t seem like much of a threat at the end.

    This should have been Stormwatch; TA. Instead it veers between Morrison’s run on The Authority (bloody awful) and James Robinson’s run on JLA (even worse.)

    Is there any chance of an ‘ultimate’ The Boys? Perhaps one written by Warren Ellis? Hell, could I submit a background?

    Garth, I like a lot of your stuff, but why do you always feel the urge to be disgusting?

    Chris

  • #2
    Garth isn't Ennis. Garth Ennis hates the Web (and with good reason).

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    • #3
      He's not Garth. His IP shows up as Maryland and his birthday is in 1990, so he's not the real Garth Ennis.
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      • #4
        Shocked. SHOCKED I tell you.

        I love you guys, but apparently you've never watched professional wrestling.

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        • #5
          Oh. Well, then, for the record, I don't really eat Skittles, nor paint model kits.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by statsman View Post
            Oh. Well, then, for the record, I don't really eat Skittles, nor paint model kits.
            I'm not really a dude.

            Bet you didn't see that one coming.

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            • #7
              I knew why they called Pittsy Pittsy all along! The secrets are starting to unravel.

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              • #8
                Gotta admit, 'Garth' had me fooled. His comments seemed kind of realistic for a bored writer teasing his readers. But I did think it was a strange thing to do.

                Anyway, one look at the top message on this thread and he'd have buggered off anyway.

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                • #9
                  Personally, I don't care that GarthNoir is merely a much more personable clone of the Garthlander. I INSIST that he keep posting, and keep posting in-character. The board is a lot more fun that way.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kamakazi View Post
                    Personally, I don't care that GarthNoir is merely a much more personable clone of the Garthlander. I INSIST that he keep posting, and keep posting in-character. The board is a lot more fun that way.
                    Feck roight off yeh wee bollocks, yeh.

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                    • #11
                      Had to delete a few posts.....

                      Let's keep it clean, mmmkay? Thanks.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by comixfan1980 View Post
                        Had to delete a few posts.....

                        Let's keep it clean, mmmkay? Thanks.
                        Could you forward my OP to Ennis?

                        Chris

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by comixfan1980 View Post
                          Had to delete a few posts.....

                          Let's keep it clean, mmmkay? Thanks.
                          Philistine.

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                          • #14
                            Gee Willikers Garth you brought the fuzz down on us

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                            • #15
                              Who let Mr. Mackey in here?

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