The Boys: Dear Becky #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Russell Braun Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: June 3, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 7
7.3Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

Twelve years after the events of The Boys, Hughie finds himself back home in Scotland where he intends to finally marry Annie in the company of friends and family. But the sudden appearance of a peculiar document sends our hero into a tailspin and threatens to bring the events of his nightmarish past crashing down on him in the worst possible way. There was one story about The Boys that Hughie never knew. Now, whether he likes it or not, he's going to.

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Joshua Winchester May 27, 2020

    The Boys is one of the most acclaimed comics of the 21st century. Now it's back to the world that Garth Ennis and company crafted years ago. There's mystery, excitement, some old familiar faces. It's true about coming home again. And now fans of Ennis can return home again to a place they know and love. So grab a bat and get ready for a fresh round of pain courtesy of The Boys. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Joe Bones Jun 3, 2020

    Dear Becky is a series written for fans of The Boys. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jun 3, 2020

    The Boys: Dear Becky revisits Hughie's darkest moments and makes them worse in another round of "how bad can it get?" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips Apr 1, 2020

    Stepping into The Boys: Dear Becky #1 is consoling in a bleak viewpoint that I for one revel in. Issue one is like being wrapped in a bear hug of comfort that feels like even though the world is on fire, The Boys are on the case and they will deliver swift retribution and gory justice to all the inhumane acts that have been levied upon this planet. This creative team has cohesively resurrected this world so effortlessly, and I for one can't wait to be horrified and engrossed by where this story leads. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Mar 20, 2020

    Setting aside the old man shouts at cloud style introduction of The Boys: Dear Becky #1, most of the issue represents what was best in The Boys. It's a comic book capable of delivering both hilarious ultraviolence and a sincere reflection on the cost of committing violence"a contradiction in tone and style that enhances both parts in surprising ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Jun 3, 2020

    A slower paced issue eases us gently back into the world of The Boys, the backdrop of two mates having a pint works well to reintroduce the world and the changes that have occurred over the fictional last twelve years. Having Garth Ennis reunited with the rest of the creative team from The Boys helps it feel familiar to the reader and like there hasn’t been such a long hiatus between issues. When the violence comes it’s extreme and most definitely not for the faint-hearted. This is Ennis at his most brutal and cynical, and it’s a welcome return to the dark world of The Boys. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Sequential Planet - Danilo To Jun 5, 2020

    If you've read up to this point and you're a fan of The Boys original comic book series and any previous installations. If you've only watched the show, maybe it's time to catch up on the slightly different plot points between comic and TV series in order to be able to keep up with this new title. With a great return of a legendary cast of artists, I, for one, am relieved and satisfied with the quality of this new iteration and cannot wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Geek'd Out - Muriel Truax Apr 3, 2020

    Much of Dear Becky comes across as rather dull. Except for the occasional flashback (one that is particularly gruesome, see warning), this issue consists mainly of dialogue that sounds exactly like what it aims to be: two grown men who have given up on life critiquing the world from a small town bar. While I recognize that the author is setting the stage for events to come, the pages that fill Dear Becky are tempting to skip. It could be, however, that I am too harsh a critic. It is, after all, a first issue. Perhaps the writer is setting up the dullness and complacency of Hughies life in order to contrast it with the rude awakening of dangerous secrets brought to light. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jun 8, 2020

    The Boys: Dear Becky #1 is a comic that feels ripped from a bygone era, and whether or not readers can stomach it given the world's current climate is going to be a personal choice.The Boys remains as brutal and uncaring as ever, but now lacks the wink and sense of fun the original run had. And perhaps that, too, is a reflection of the times. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jun 3, 2020

    It speaks to the conflict in The Boys comic, which could be a funny, if over the top satire of the comics industry and power structures with surprisingly deep character studies and a tasteless, stereotyped-filled book that didn't meet a female character that ended up raped or murdered in a macabre manner. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 8, 2020

    Long story short, The Boys: Dear Becky #1 is living proof that some comics grow out of the zeitgeist of their times and just can't be revisited in a later era, with a story that seems to want to address grievances with the world at large before it shows us a story-behind-the-story that I wanted more of, with a mocking, cynical tone that leaves me cold. Read Full Review

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