REVIEW: The Boys #61

 
TNBoys61CovATHE BOYS #61
Story by: Garth Ennis
Art by: Russ Braun
Colours by: Tony Avina
Letters by: Simon Bowland
Cover by: Darick Robertson
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Book Summery: As stormclouds gather, Vought-American enlist the mighty Team Titanic, but the Boys find themselves up against another super group entirely. Hughie finds Annie’s patience running thin, while MM struggles to resolve an embarrassing family crisis without alerting the rest of the team. Meanwhile the Seven begin to fall apart, in part two of Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men

“Over The Hill With The Swords Of A Thousand Men”

As The Boys is now firmly in the final year of its run the book has entered a long overdue upswing. From the great Butcher mini series that is nearly wrapped up to recent issues of the book, The Boys has become as enjoyable now as it was when it first launched. As with any book that runs for over five years with several mini series tie ins, the quality would be bound to dip and rise sometimes. The Boys has always been an enjoyable read on several levels but it at times stepped over some boundaries of taste and it didn’t do the book much good to do so when it did. This issue is the second chapter of the penultimate arc where we see the threads that have been long running begin to finally bear some fruit.

One of those threads has been Wee Hughie’s constant conflict of conscience when it comes to violence in his job. This has been addressed on several occasions and when he brought it up again in this issue I groaned a little until I read what Butcher had to say in reply. It appears that Ennis has had enough of it as well and Butcher finally tells Hughie to make up or shut up. Hughie chooses the side of non violence and in so doing removes himself somewhat from the final battle that is most definitely on the horizon.
In this issue we are introduced to a new team in Team Titanic. The irony associated with the name I suspect will come back to bite them in the very near future. The team consists of the usual round of suspects we have come to expect from Vought American including the most insane Zatanna rip off I have ever seen.
Russ Braun on art was a most capable substitute for Darick Robertson while the series co-creator worked on the Butcher series tie in and he seamlessly is now part of the fabric to the point that I wouldn’t have a preference in one or the other on art. The book earned its mature tag with the opening scene of the issue which although was action free was laced in copious amount of nudity. Braun had some highlights in the issue and one of them was the introduction of Team Titanic to the Vought American newbie and showed Muzzseltov in a hilarious pose.
The fun is back to be sure. As we move into the final nine issues after spending years following every up and down that was put our way the payoff is promised to be coming in a huge way. The building blocks for that are now nearly all aligned and there is no better time to be reading this book.