The Boys #31

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Carlos Ezquerra Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: June 3, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 2
6.3Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

It had to happen sooner or later: the supes get mad enough to go after the Boys. One of the world's most powerful superteams decides to hit our heroes, all guns blazing, and the Female is the first to fall into their lethal trap. Meanwhile, Hughie is still plagued with doubt, and Annie finds herself on the receiving end of the worst new look ever- in THE SELF-PRESERVATION SOCIETY, part one. And this special four issue story arc is drawn by legendary artist and Judge Dredd co-creator - Carlos Ezquerra!

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 12, 2009

    I don't know if The Female is actually dead or just badly hurt, but either way, the final shot of the Frenchman is heart-wrenching, even if the overall art in the book isn't quite as smooth as Robertson's usual job. Carlos Ezquerra does a good job overall, but forsome undefined reason, the art doesn't quite gel for me. It may just be a case of high expectations (though I feel the need to mention that Robertson's name DOES appear on the cover) but the final shot and the overall story make up for it all. The protagonists of this book aren't heroes in any sense, but they are people with emotions, and seeing Frenchie's utter devastation at the seeming loss of his friend is powerful. It's a transitional issue, moving us from the G-Men plot intoa new direction, and giving us some new motivation on the part of the Homelander, whose hatred for Butcher drips from every word of dialogue he has. Eventhe worstissue of The Boys has so far been pretty good, and this one isn't bad a Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Addiction - Chris Partin Jun 6, 2009

    The events in this issue really are steering the Boys into a dark direction that will really change the series. The events with one of the Boys as standalone really shows you that things are going to be the same after that. I’ll be honest in saying I was at the point of dropping this series because I really didn’t feel like it was going to change very much. This issue has renewed my interest and I want to see what happens next. It’s been a while since I can say I’ve felt that way about the Boys. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jun 4, 2009

    Between the disappointing art, disjointed plot, and ill-executed twist, this is easily one of the more disappointing issues of this otherwise impressive series. The events are really too important to miss if youve been following the series, but be warned that the money you spend on this issue would be better spent elsewhere. Read Full Review

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