The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #1
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The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Darick Robertson Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: July 20, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 3
8.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

The story of Billy Butcher, the Boys' mysterious leader, is told at last. From the backstreets of London's East End to the carnage of the Falklands War, from the heights of love to the depths of tragedy, the most violent man in comics reveals the terrible nature of the forces that drive him. And when he's done, he'll be ready... to finish things once and for all.

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Victor Kutsenok Jul 21, 2011

    This was a pretty amazing issue. We finally get some growth for the cold and calculating leader of The Boys. I always thought that he hated the supes for what was done to his wife. His hatred, however, goes a lot deeper. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - David O'Leary Aug 31, 2011

    Although it is just the first issue of the series, enough of the essential beats are set up here and hopefully when expanded on further, the promise of Ennis about this mini being the great one to read will be justified. It is a very good start to what I hope will be a memorable story about one of the best characters in comics in the last decade. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Jul 28, 2011

    This is as obvious and straightforward as a backstory can be. Billy comes from a classic dysfunctional family, one where he's the black sheep to his younger, smarter, more delicate ("He's a bit of a little girl, if the truth be told" declares dear old dad) brother, and the would-be protector of their imperiled mom. There aren't really a lot of answers for a kid in that predicament, but Butcher's smart enough to realize there's little way out, and to resent his fate. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Jul 20, 2011

    "Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker" is hopefully going to deliver all of the nuance of Billy Butcher. Here we get the upbringing and family filth. Beyond that, we get the reaction from Butcher and his preferred means of dealing with these obstacles. Comics rarely deliver a character study and yet this issue is all character. In this way, it is instantly better than the other minis. History and inner turmoil, this is definitely a must read for fans of "The Boys." Read Full Review

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