Sunday, July 18, 2010

the Boys #44 - Dynamite Entertainment

Well it finally happens at the end of this issue . . Annie finally tells Hughie that she's a 'super'. But, to be honest, it's all coming to a head anyways. There's a religious thing that Vought does in the park every year called 'Believe'. Basically, it's like a tiered faith thing. Every year you pay more money, move up a tier, and more sins are forgiven. Plus they link it with the super-heroes . . specifically the Seven, and it draws an even bigger crowd. Well Vought-American wants the Homelander and Starlight to be the main attractions. Plus they want to up Annie's exposure. But, since she's been keeping this secret from Hughie, that's the last thing she wants. Anyways, one thing leads to another and Annie and Hughie end up in the park days before the 'Believe' event. As the conversations turns towards the 'supes' that will be attending, Hughie finally lets his guard down and tells Annie what had happened to his last girlfriend, Robin, when she was caught in the middle of a fight with A-Train. Annie's shocked by his story . . especially since she's currently one of A-Train's teammates. And that's when she can't stand it any more and tells Hughie the truth. But we'll have to wait until next issue to see how he reacts, because . . that's how the issue ends. I thought this issue was a nice change of pace. We have Butcher wanting to apologize to Hughie for what he did to him with Super-Duper . . and what led to his altercation with Malchemical, but . . in order to do so, he'd have to let him know why he did it, and what he knows about Annie. He thinks it would be better for Hughie to find out about Annie on his own. Which . . he now has. We also see that Homelander has a secret. We don't know exactly what it is yet, but . . it seems that it's getting harder and harder for him to hide it. Overall, I thought that Garth Ennis did a lot of character development this issue. It was a nice change of pace from all the mayhem. And Russ Braun steps in to do the art. I can't believe this book is almost up to issue #50 already. Where does the time go?

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