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  • The long lost #67 Recap...

    ...was mainly me repeating various versions of "f**k you, Garth", over and over again. After I wrote it, I deleted it as being beneath even MY standards for Boys recap. I'm not saying it was the worst issue ever... that honor goes to any given issue of "Highland Laddie". But lord, it wasn't good. I think I spent 500 words just obsessing over how retarded it is that Vas registered a Domain and created an email address that only Hughie would ever be able to access (since it clearly wasn't the one he handed out to his relatives and Facebook pals, or Hughie's secret would have already been plastered all over YouTube) and then hinged his entire clever plot on misspelling his own email addy while gasping out his last breath milliseconds before being vaporized by a rocket launcher.

    There's stupid, and there's Issue #67 stupid. Thankfully, there's very little chance of another issue #67 ever being inflicted on us.

  • #2
    What if Highland Laddie got a sequel?

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    • #3
      Do you know what I rate?

      Here's one of my 'What was it worth' reviews

      Latest valedictory Darick Robertson cover: $0.30
      Shakespearean Legend: MINUS $1.00
      Legend and Hughie plot exposition: $0.10
      Frame of Butcher killing porno guys $0.30
      Minor revelations re Janine’s super-power $0.10
      Hughie v Monkey: $0.30
      Legend v Butcher: $0.20 (and that was for Shitfoot)
      Hughie’s online detective work: $0.00
      Hughie on the cellphone $0.00


      The Boys #67 adjusted value: $0.30

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      • #4
        I thought it was better than issue 66. Looking back, 66 will seem OK in a collected edition; it just sucked as a stand-alone book. It's all set up, and we won't know until we see the payoff if it was worth it.

        Yeah, Vas' plan is stupid crazy. Hughie? That's who he was counting on? Any chance he list-served to The League of Socialist Heroes?

        Side note- Do you foreign bbs members get how much stuff Ennis gets wrong about the US government? One big thing is something we call Posse Comitatus. That means that US military cannot operate within the borders (obviously, they can barrack and train). That whole showdown a couple of issues ago could not have happened without a whole bunch of government action. It would have had to be the National Guard operating.

        Also, the CIA would not (by law) be operating (even covertly) in the US. It would have to be the FBI. I get that the UK writers don't understand some of the details of our little country. That's cool. I can't keep straight what all the MI branches are for.

        Back to the recap- To carry this series past 65, there has to be a hell of an arc. I'm not seeing it yet. So, Butcher had some secret project that Vas and the Legend knew about. They knew Butcher might kill them someday over their knowledge (hey, he'd kill Hughie, too, if he had to), but they were fine yukking it up with him for the past few years. OK.

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        • #5
          All fair comments there Statsman, and thanks for the information re the finer points of CIA activity and US military activity in-country. It's the sort of thing Ennis could have got around with a few throwaway remarks, but I guess part of the story-telling game is not letting yourself get too bogged down in detail.

          I still wonder if Butcher had Vogelbaum spirited away somewhere – maybe eventually to Russia, with Vaz's help – to further his research and ultimately work towards a final supe solution.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Simon Rogerson View Post
            All fair comments there Statsman, and thanks for the information re the finer points of CIA activity and US military activity in-country. It's the sort of thing Ennis could have got around with a few throwaway remarks, but I guess part of the story-telling game is not letting yourself get too bogged down in detail.
            I'm guessing Ennis likes "real" soldiers more than the National Guard and the CIA has a dirtier reputation than the FBI, hence his choices in these matters. Those few throwaway remarks help suspend disbelief...I'm sure we could have safely sacrificed a frame or two of Hughie being useless in order to explain such matters.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by statsman View Post
              Posse Comitatus
              Bollocks, son. Clearly the Insurrection Act of 1807 applied...due to the fact that there was a fucking insurrection going on. Hayes used non-National Guard federal troops to stop the B&O Railroad Strike in 1877, too. Don't talk to me about America, I'm moving there to wrangle cattle when I retire.


              Originally posted by statsman View Post
              CIA would not (by law) be operating (even covertly) in the US
              The government is above the law. Who do you think introduced crack cocaine to your streets?
              Last edited by Garth; 06-20-2012, 11:45 PM.

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              • #8
                Garth, Garth, Garth...is it so hard to admit that you're a funny book writer, and not an academic on US politics? Hell, even the pros who cover the US for the Economist can't really wrap their minds around our system where the executive election is separate from the legislative election.

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                • #9
                  -__-

                  I usually just skip over panels exclusively detailing wee h's stupidity although I did enjoy butcher destroying the porno posse ;D

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                  • #10
                    I blew it guessing in issue 66 where the clue was going. I thought Hughie was going to have to do some work, backing T34atlenin out on a cyrillic phone text pad (I have no idea if Russki phones use cyrillic or not), and that would lead to the key clue. That might be a more plausible way for Vas to cue him onto what was up, but would not have been true to character. Hughie would never have figured that out.

                    MM might have, after 5 months of hamfistedly staying on his pc. Because, eveidently, that's how he does his detective work- googling randomly and calling the Legend for tips.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by statsman View Post
                      I thought it was better than issue 66.
                      True, but that's not a very high bar. Other things that were better than issue 66 include:
                      -The Battan Death March
                      -The Black Hole of Calcutta
                      -Being gang-raped by chainsaws
                      -The Ultimates vol. 3

                      ...okay. I lied about that last one.

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                      • #12
                        At least Hughie managed to MAN UP!!!!! 60 issues too late, but it's something.

                        Chris

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by statsman View Post
                          Side note- Do you foreign bbs members get how much stuff Ennis gets wrong about the US government? One big thing is something we call Posse Comitatus. That means that US military cannot operate within the borders (obviously, they can barrack and train). That whole showdown a couple of issues ago could not have happened without a whole bunch of government action. It would have had to be the National Guard operating.

                          Also, the CIA would not (by law) be operating (even covertly) in the US. It would have to be the FBI. I get that the UK writers don't understand some of the details of our little country. That's cool. I can't keep straight what all the MI branches are for.

                          WHAT? Are you wasting my time with REALITY? That's outrageous!


                          You should know that the President of the US gets killed every other day of the week (excluding Sunday, apparently), that the US military routinely nuke their own cities, have mass execution duties and perform inhuman experiments on ordinary people, and the CIA only exists to commit war crimes, mind control people and to keep the truth about aliens from us. Of course the whole bunch of them couldn't take out a couple Hydra soldiers to save their lives, let alone terrorists, killer cyborgs from future or rogue supes.

                          My, that's just basic stuff...

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                          • #14
                            I guess we'l never find out why Maeve would have wanted to fuck the Legend(of all people) at all...

                            And I personally can't grasp how Hughie would know about Butcher screwing Rayner. If it was revealed in a prior issue, I've forgotten it. I don't think for a second that Rayner would have informed Hughie, and it doesn't quite make sense for Butcher(the only other person who would possibly know) to tell him. How would doing so benefit Butcher? Did he need a pinch-screwer in case he got offed by one of the Seven?

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                            • #15
                              Its comics. All Hughie has to do is dig up his back issues of The Boys to find out any info he needs.

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