I’ve waited countless issues now and the wait is over. Something has finally happened in ‘The Boys’! I know what you’re thinking “But Jay, I thought you were Mr. Marvel and all you read was the mind numbingly large catalog of titles they produce in a single month. What are you doing reviewing ‘The Boys’ which is produced by a very non-Marvel company called Dynamite Entertainment?’ The short answer: Brandon put it in my box (ha, that’s what she said) and I have to buy anything in my box (ha, that’s what she said after visiting an adult toy shop). Let’s get it on!
I have been complaining for a while now about this book because nothing was really happened for several issues. What started out as a really strong series hit a rough patch when they made the transition from DC to Dynamite and I have to say it has been hit or miss since then. I’d even go so far as to say it’s been mostly miss. The current story arc has Wee Hughie posing as a member of G-Wiz, one of the G-Teams, which is supposed to be a knock on the X-Men and their myriad of teams. I’ve never really seen the connection outside of vague archetypes of Cyclops, Iceman and Beast, but I guess Ennis doesn’t want to piss off Marvel too bad considering they paid him a lot of money for his ‘Punisher’ run.
The issue begins with the hierarchy of the G-Teams finding out that Wee Hughie is in fact a spy in their ranks. Hughie is oblivious to this information and even attends a wake for Silver Kincaid, a fallen G-Men member. His attendance at the wake was in direct contrast to the Butcher’s orders from last issue to stop his undercover work. The Frenchman and the Female have been assigned to keep an eye on Hughie and they report back to the Butcher what he is going on. Needless to say, the Butcher is not pleased. Mother’s Milk works with the Legend to get a password into the Vought-American computer system.
Word is passed down to members of G-Whiz that Hughie is a spy and needs to be dealt with. They drive him out to a remote location to deal with him. Hughie tries to reason with the team, to convince them that they are cogs in a corrupt machine and that they don’t have to do what they are planning to do. After narrowly escaping Blowchowski’s toxic vomit, Hughie looks up and apologizes to G-Whiz. Not because of his treachery, but for what is about to happen to them.
Butcher and Mother’s Milk show up to interrogate one of the G-Whiz members about the information MM got from the Vought-American computer system. Turns out the G-Men might not be who they say they are. The captive is instructed by the Butcher to spill the beans on G-Men and face getting a throat excavation courtesy of…Wee Hughie!
What happened to the members of G-Whiz who were about to kill Hughie? What did Mother’s Milk find out on those computers? Can Hughie commit cold blooded murder simply because the Butcher told him to? Wanna know what happens next? Buy the book, available at Bent Wookee Comix located at 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!