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JUSTICE WONDER WOMAN
...the all Y chromosome edition of...
How do you know what to/not to read? Each week,
your online hosts
DAL BUSH and
PATRICK BROWER give you a stack of worthless opinions about
a comic you just read. After all, without their opinions, you'd just have to
rely on your own, and no one wants that.
W. DAL: Here at Grahamtagonism,
we've got a motto. A pledge of quality, if you will. It goes like this: "Do we
really have to review another comic?" And after weeks of dodging and weaving,
the answer this week is... yes. Yes we do. And we're going to. Not because we
"have" to. But because we're too tired to think of way to weasel out of it this
week. All for you, the loyal reader. YOU'RE WELCOME!
PATRICK: And we're keeping it masculine this week,
reviewing a book for men, by men. A book with violence, profanity and
debauchery. A book called, "The Boys."
PATRICK: I was going to skip this one entirely, focusing on this week's
PATRICK: Can't wait for the team-up!
W. DAL: Yeah, really. I never thought of doing a
"Boys" versus "Girls" thing.
W. DAL: ...
W. DAL: God, I'm tired.
PATRICK: Boys rule!
W. DAL: So, continuing this idea, what is Garth
Ennis and Darick Robertson's "Boys" made of? Violence, humor, Simon Pegg,
off-color humor, ultraviolence, superheroes, and (dear God, not a Kevin Smith
reference!) "sex in an uncomfortable place". Not the back of a Volkswagen, BTW.
PATRICK: Thank Levitz for small miracles.
PATRICK: For a book built up to "Out-Preacher Preacher," they kinda, um,
went blue immediately.
W. DAL: Yeah. This book'd even make Jessica Jones
PATRICK: F-bombs and C-words as the very first
dialogue. Wait; is it still 'dialogue' when only one person is speaking? It
certainly wasn't a monologue...
PATRICK: Monosyllabic, perhaps...
W. DAL: More words, or at least syllables, would've
been nice. Then maybe this first issue wouldn't have felt like half an issue,
PATRICK: Yeah. I know we're still in the
introduction phase, but, using the same Preacher comparison that Garth Ennis
himself made, Preacher #1 was a captivating book that asked a lot of questions
in a way that introduced you to what had the potential to be an eye-opening
religious discussion disguised as vile entertainment. The Boys #1 makes you
wonder who f**ks who and how graphically someone else will die.
W. DAL: It's never a good idea to have 60% of the
characters on the cover NOT ACTUALLY APPEAR in the issue. Ennis is asking a lot
from his readers. There's not a ton to hang your hat on for this issue, and if
he's counting on people's fond memories of Preacher to sell this thing, well...
ask Warren Ellis how well Transmetropolitan sold Mek, Reload, Tokyo Storm
Warning, and on, and on.
PATRICK: Here's how I'm summing the book up. It's
the Civil War storyline in a universe of heroes you don't care about and instead
of registering the heroes the government puts together a task force to hunt them
down. Not to train them; to kill them.
W. DAL: The thing of it is, you're half-right. It's
not just the superheroes you don't care about; it's your leads as well. From the
dude who wrote Preacher, Punisher, Hellblazer, I was expecting a gleefully
violent, morally-compromised lead. Just not one I did not give a flying ****
about. THIS is the cast from the creator of Cassidy? The writer who (for me)
DEFINED the snarky anti-hero with his rendition of John Constantine? The hell
PATRICK: When you immerse yourself in vanity war
projects for a few years and have the MAX outlet of Punisher for every possible
depraved thought you could imagine, where do you go? Deeper down the pit, I
guess. Maybe the challenge would be for him to write The Boys as a general
audience book? Can you imagine Editor Ben Abernathy saying, "Sorry Garth, but I
think this character wouldn't get ****ed in the *** like that. Maybe have him
*** in a bucket of broken glass and ***** it down her ******?"
W. DAL: Stop reading my pitches to Wildstorm!
PATRICK: Artistically, I think Darick Robertson is
in need of a Rod Ramos on this. His art is a bit sloppier than normal and the
benefit of a past collaborator can only help smooth it out.
W. DAL: Eh, the art's "grittiness" feels
intentional, so I'll let it slide.
PATRICK: Ryan, reading over my shoulder as I type,
just said, "Woah, hating on Boys??" And it's not that I hate it. I just want
more from Garth Ennis. I want to be challenged, not presented with crude
attempts to shock. Shock me with a great story, not misogyny. So,
W. DAL: So much of my "hating", as the youth say,
is due to disappointment brought on by reading so many AMAZING Ennis books over
the last 16 years, you know? Hell, Punisher STILL is a killer read every month.
So this? This feels a little lazy, and yeah, shock for shock's sake. Bad start.
W. DAL: Well, there you have it, people. This week's comic review. Your
"pound of flesh". Now go! GO! No more funny!
W. DAL: "No more", of course, being SEVERELY subjective. FYI.
W. DAL: Aw, wait, was THAT funny? It better not be...
JUSTICE LEAGUE of AMERICA #1
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