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  • #69 Recap For Real This Time: Attack of the non-sequitor plot twists!

    Let's play a game. Every time something completely inexplicable happens in this issue, take a drink of vodka. Try not to die.

    We open with the scene we've all been waiting for: Vought-Porn! Vought-Girl is inexplicably wearing her signature glasses, and nothing else. Also, she's reading a newspaper. Not checking out CNN on her iPad. Reading an honest-to-allah newspaper. This is a minor point, but don't worry. Things get worse.

    Vought Guy assures Vought Gal that she'll be fine. He is so obviously setting her up to take the fall for all of this that even Hughie would be able to figure it out. Speaking of Hughie… we cut to Hughie, having a discussion with Frenchie. Frenchie is now suddenly not only completely coherent, but also a master tactician. We've talked about this from the preview, but here's inexplicable thing #3, for those of you keeping score: Frenchie suggests, with a straight face, that he, captain numbnuts, and imbecile-girl have a better chance at taking down Butcher than does the U.S. Military.

    Hughie finds the missing Professor, who is dead. There's already a thread dedicated to how completely retarded and illogical it would be that Butcher was keeping Professor V in a house owned by Mallory, so I wan't bother, but for hell's sake. This is the kind of stupid that gives stupid a bad name. It literally wouldn't be any stupider if Galactus suddenly showed up and claimed to be Hughie's long-lost father.

    Butcher calls Hughie, and they reenact the old "HE'S CALLING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!" urban legend. So basically, Butcher kills ProV, then sits around waiting for Hughie to use his legendary Scooby-Doo Detective Skillz to figure out that Butcher is keeping ProfV in a house that Butcher bought from Mallory after telling Mallory that he killed ProfV, despite there being a minimum of ten trillion better places to hide him.

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    Hughie, being a useless asshole, decides to wander back to New York. Speaking of New York- let's assume that you're part of the Boys. Let's further assume that you know that one of your team mates was just brutally murdered in the ONLY location that is mutually known to all of you. Where DON'T you set up your base of operations? You're probably all thinking "The Flatiron Building. Man, I REALLY wouldn't set up base THERE. That would be major-league fucktarded." Yet that's exactly what Frenchie, Female, and Hughie have decided to do. Now, let me repeat this. They know that Butcher has been systematically hunting down and murdering every single person who might even remotely pose a threat to his plan to exterminate the Supes, and they decide it's be a really cool idea to set up shop in the one place he'll know where to find them. A place where he already murdered Mother's Milk mere hours before.

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    So bye-bye to our beloved lunatics, Frenchie and The Female. While I was touched by the fact that Frenchie finally got to declare his love to the Female before they were vaporized, it's still a remarkably moronic scene.

    Hughie arrives just in time to see them blown to smithereens. As he's lying in a pool of his own worthlessness, it suddenly occurs to him that Butcher "wants Hughie to stop him." Uh… if that turns out to be true, it'll be the dumbest damn thing that's ever happened in this book, and that's saying something. Butcher "wants to be stopped", so he recruited the world's most useless human being to do it?

    BTW, after reading the story, it suddenly occurs to me that Becky's story is complete B.S.- She was never raped by Black Noir. She just had an attraction to violent douchebags. She met Black Noir in an alley and begged him to boff her on a pile of dirty mattresses. She made up the "rape" thing to explain the resulting pregnancy.
    Last edited by Kamakazi; 08-02-2012, 02:46 PM.

  • #2
    I kind of have to save the vodka for mixed drinks (Bloody Marys, etc.). Can I use tequila instead?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by statsman View Post
      I kind of have to save the vodka for mixed drinks (Bloody Marys, etc.). Can I use tequila instead?
      That much Tequila would be life-threatening.

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      • #4
        Don’t really know where Ennis is going with this, and why he didn’t shut the book down with #65. I tend to be easy on Ennis on this bbs, because I figure the characters are his, not ours. They don’t have to fit our preconceptions. That said, I feel like he is taking the cheap and easy way of telling us that Butcher is a split personality maniac every bit as crazy as HL and BN. It feels like a switch, especially since we were given a lot more insight into the other lunatics with a lot less panel space. It’s as if he decided to bring it out in the last few issues, just to provide a motive for the final arc (said arc being unnecessary, in my opinion, to close the tale of The Boys).

        That said, there is a small window (maze, really) that Ennis can navigate to pull this together. Stilwell and his machinations are the wild card, and Ennis seems to be still holding back with a lot there.

        It seems so pointless, though. Issue 65 was such a great ending- the whole universe of caped superheroes, as powerful, beautiful, and flawed as the Grek gods of mythology, wiped out by Sgt. Rock and Easy Company. It seemed to settle everything in a way consistent with Ennis’ professed beliefs. I haven’t seen anything in this final arc yet to justify the continuation.

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        • #5
          I wish Black Noir escaped the white house and the rest of the series would be spent going after him and other supes instead of this crap I mean the whole reason I loved this series was because of these supes and now were just stuck with a useless epilogue

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          • #6
            I'll be interested to see how it all pans out, but the criticisms here are valid. I had hoped that this arc would find meaningful ends for the various players, but they're just being summarily offed to show the depth of Butcher's insanity, and because Ennis can't think of anything else. Maybe he's had enough of this title and wants to do to it what Butcher is doing to the remaining supes.

            I don't think Enis is trying to say that Butcher has gone insane after the conclusion of the last arc. I think the idea is that Butcher had his doomsday plan in place all along. And while one part of his personality was prepared to murder MM et al in pursuit of his cause, another wants to give Hughie a chance to stop him.

            Right now, I don't really buy the 'little brother to stop me' line. It smacks of cod psychology, and suggests outright schizophrenia in Butcher, something there has been no sign of. Even the 'Butcher Baker' mini didn't really hint at the shift from single minded vengeance-seeker to genocidal maniac.

            I thought the final scene with Frency and the female was quite touching. But isn't Frenchy supposed to be able to smell explosives? And wasn't that the same room where Butcher offed MM? Was the plastic explosive there all the time? Oh god, I can't be bothered...

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            • #7
              Those two deserved better than that.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Simon Rogerson View Post
                Right now, I don't really buy the 'little brother to stop me' line. It smacks of cod psychology, and suggests outright schizophrenia in Butcher, something there has been no sign of. Even the 'Butcher Baker' mini didn't really hint at the shift from single minded vengeance-seeker to genocidal maniac.
                Since you brought this up, does it seem like this is leading up to the Preacher ending?

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                • #9
                  Strongly unimpressed with Frenchy and Female ending. Apart from being somewhat of a let-down, either hyper-efficient Butcher set up high explosive with primer in an office just prior to vigorously fighting another superhuman and setting off a grenade in there (retarded) or assembled a bomb immediately after explosively flensing his hand with a grenade (retarded).

                  I also cosign hating the idea that Butcher is a ruthless single minded mass-murderer who totally has his shit together but simultaneously wants a retarded younger brother substitute to stop him before he achieves his years-in-the-making life's work.
                  Last edited by Mr Beer; 08-02-2012, 11:20 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Oh, fuck you guys.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah, the bit about the bomb was really bad. So, this is the secret CIA outpost with no keypad code required to enter (which would have been changed after Butcher went rogue) or camera bubbles in the ceiling (like, for example, they planted on the Seven's HQ)?

                      Now, this is a funny book (as my grandma called them), so that wouldn't matter if Ennis didn't take on a writer's air of "let me tell you how things really work in the world". But he did, and he decided to write a plot with connections, mysteries and clues, and track-backs, so you can't be surprised that the readers are playing the game he set up.

                      You know where Ennis went wrong? It was in abandoning the humorous, farcical, satiric focus of the earlier issues. "The Boys" was great at mocking tropes of the genre, and Ennis is great at writing humor. Somewhere around issue 35 he got away from that, and the series has been the poorer.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by numberthirty View Post
                        Since you brought this up, does it seem like this is leading up to the Preacher ending?
                        What, you mean the Saint of Killers comes in and kills everyone? It could happen.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by statsman View Post
                          You know where Ennis went wrong? It was in abandoning the humorous, farcical, satiric focus of the earlier issues. "The Boys" was great at mocking tropes of the genre, and Ennis is great at writing humor. Somewhere around issue 35 he got away from that, and the series has been the poorer.
                          You can only get by on satire for so long. I don't blame Ennis for wanting to write chararacters and plot with slow reveals; sometimes it's worked really well with The Boys, sometimes it's just been frustrating and it's been easy for us to poke holes in the story and howl in anguish on these boards. I had hoped the pace would change with this issue, but it's following the pattern of lengthy exposition (on the telephone, no less) and quick explosive violence.

                          I'm guessing 70 will consist of Hughie taking the initiative and devising some sort of plan, and Jess Bradley realising she's being screwed (figuratively and literally) and fighting back against Stillwell. Then the last page will set up the confrontation with Butcher for 71. I have no idea which way that one's gonna go - the cover for solicitation suggests it's buenas nochas for Hughie, but who knows?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Simon Rogerson View Post
                            the cover for solicitation suggests it's buenas nochas for Hughie
                            By that same reasoning, Butcher should've been dead in #66.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Simon Rogerson View Post
                              but it's following the pattern of lengthy exposition (on the telephone, no less) and quick explosive violence.
                              Yeah, I caught a bit of "I'd like to stay and watch you die, but I have to run across town and rob a bank. Before I go, let me explain my foolproof and brilliant scheme!"

                              Ennis is writing so much better on Fury and Shadow right now. It's like he's just going through the motions here. Sad.

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