Guest Post from Dean Kealy: The Boys Volume 1 by Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson

Good day booknerds, man have I missed you.  A little update: NaNoWriMo is going great and the story is coming along beautifully.  I’m a little behind on word count right now, but like I told todays guest reviewer, the world has been full of distractions this week.

Today, I am exstatic to share a special graphic novel review brought to us by fellow blogger and multi-talented Dean Kealy.  So, when you are done reading, liking, commenting, and sharing this post with all of your friends, family, and your mailman, be sure to check out his fantastic blog.  Thank you again Dean, for your great review on a great book.

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This is going to hurt! In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone’s got to make sure the “supes” don’t get out of line. And someone will! Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female are The Boys: A CIA-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth – superpower! Some superheroes have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them – sometimes – need to be taken out of the picture. That’s when you call in The Boys! The Boys Vol. 1: The Name of the Game collects the first six issues of the hit series The Boys by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Punisher) and drawn by Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, Wolverine)!


Normally I begin my reviews with my initial thoughts on whatever book or graphic novel I am reviewing, but today I’m starting my review, highly recommending that this is strictly a mature audience read. It is violent and graphic (would you expect anything less from Garth Ennis?) and not for those who are easily offended or squeamish.

I have previously read the entire Preacher series by Garth Ennis, so when I picked up The Boys I had an idea of what to expect when it came to these scenes of violence and other bits of graphic nature. I must admit I was impressed with the story. I was sceptical at first, and to be honest, I didn’t think it was going to be as good as Preacher, but I think it has potential if I’m honest. There are 12 books in the series, this being the first, and I’m already adding the next 11 volumes to my Amazon cart as I write this.

This first volume of The Boys starts off with Wee Hughie and his girlfriend as they’re at what appears to be a carnival of some sort, when out of nowhere his life gets changed dramatically by the accidental murder of his girlfriend. I won’t tell you how it happens, that’s spoiling it. You’ll just have to read it for yourself. As the days pass, Hughie is introduced to Billy the Butcher and the rest of The Boys and together they’re on a revenge mission on behalf of the CIA to take out some superheroes who’ve gone just a little over the top, and taken the law into their own hands. Throughout the volume we’re introduced to some of these superheroes in the form of the teams they’re in: The Seven and Teenage Kix. We get an insight to the members on the time and some of the scandals they’re involved in– especially Teenage Kix.

My favourite part of the book was that newcomer, Hughie, bares a striking familiarity in looks to British actor Simon Pegg. His character was a brilliant method of introducing us into this sick world of ‘supes’ and the disgusting things they get up to, and by the end of the volume we really see him become his own, even though he’s very indecisive about whether he actually wants to be on the team or not, let alone in America.

If you’re interested in what you’ve read so far, I definitely recommend you read The Boys. If anything for the story alone it’s fantastic, and it’s one of those graphic novels (along with a load of others) that I would love to see adapted into either a TV series or a movie.


Before I go I’d like to give a big thank-you to The Green Onion for having me here on their blog! If you’re one of my followers, I definitely recommend you check out some of the content here, because personally it’s one of my favourite blogs to read on a regular basis!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Zezee says:

    I’m definitely interested. I’ll have to add it to my TBR. Plus, Mother’s Milk as a name just sounds awesome.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Dean says:

    Thanks again for having me Green! I’ll be reblogging this tomorrow on my blog as part of my NanoPoblano! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Green Onion says:

      Appreciate the support! Thanks so much Dean

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Olaf Lesniak says:

    Help me! Too many must read comics! This is another on my list.

    Liked by 1 person

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