Review: The Boys: Vol. 8 – Highland Laddie; by Garth Ennis.

The Boys, Volume 8: Highland LaddieThe Boys, Volume 8: Highland Laddie by Garth Ennis
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

To quote Wee Hughie: “I Ken sez tis shite”.

This is a diversion from the Boys into a Hughie backstory/sidestory.

It could have been interesting; instead it was a meandering, boring, impossible to understand (literally, the dialogue is stupid, and I grew up with a Scottish Great Gran and neighbours, but I could barely figure some things out).

Throw in 5 issues of Hughie whining about EVERYTHING and I just wanted to bitch slap him like the boring piece of shit he acts like in this.

He visits friends and complains about them, he complains about his parents, he complains about his EX, who then shows up and of course, in a long rambling conversation, manages to get back into his good graces.

It also involves a subplot of Hughie and his mates being the Fucking Hardy Boys or some shit. (yawn) and talking to an older fellow like a free psychiatrist and taking his food for free.

By the end of the book, Hughie is a weeping baby of a pathetic sack. I have no problem emoting, and cry at Christmas commercials, but this volume did nothing but make me skim. I may just be at saturation for Ennis, or maybe it just jumped the shark, but I nearly just walked away from this book, and I’m not sure I want to rush into the rest of the series…

It makes it clear to me, that Hughie is supposed to be our entry point to relating to this, but he’s too boring. This book just highlighted it and did everything in Ennis’ power to undo the last 7 volumes of good work.

I couldn’t suggest any stronger an option to anyone but to skip this and go right to Vol. 9 from 7.

Ugh. Terrible Shite.

Fat jokes, tranny jokes, sex jokes, dumb violence. Either Ennis slipped, or this is just what he’s become and he can’t hide it anymore…I was NOT impressed.

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Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Volume 2 by Tom Taylor

Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 2Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 2 by Tom Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


So I just got through with reading the first volume of Tom Taylor’s take on “Injustice: Gods Among Us” and I must admit that reading that volume had gotten me pumped up for the second volume of this series! So, I went to the library to pick up the second volume of “Injustice: Gods Among Us” and man, was it just as interesting as the first volume!

What is this story about?

Continuing off from the first volume, Superman along with the Justice League continues to promote peace in the world, with the help from a truly unlikely source, Lex Luthor! Meanwhile, Batman continues to thwart Superman’s plans for world peace by instigating a spy into the Justice League and once this spy is revealed to the team, Superman starts making everything personal between him and Batman as he plans to reveal Batman’s true identity to the world!

What I loved about this story:

Tom Taylor’s writing: Tom Taylor has once again created a fascinating and intense story about how the rivalry between Superman and Batman continues to escalate as both heroes are trying to figure out ways to protect the world from each other. I really liked the fact that Tom Taylor explored the tough choices that the heroes have to make in order to have a more peaceful world as you have some of the heroes siding with Superman on maintaining world peace while you have the other heroes siding with Batman to prevent Superman from going off the deep end. I enjoyed the scenes where the heroes from both sides of the rivalry were questioning both Batman and Superman’s motives for their plans as it made the characters really believable to me and it also had me thinking about whether or not Superman and Batman really had everyone’s best interests in their minds. Another great aspect of this series was the bantering between Harley Quinn, Green Arrow and Black Canary as I think that they were the funniest characters in this entire series so far and I loved the way that they all bring humor to this story, even though the majority of this story is pretty dark.

Jheremy Raapack, Tom Derenick, Bruno Redondo and Mike S. Miller’s artwork: Just like the previous volume, the collaboration between Jheremy Raapack, Tom Derenick, Bruno Redondo and Mike S. Miller on the artwork had lent itself greatly to the characters and the events happening in this volume! I loved the way that all the artists in this book made the action sequences so amazing to look at, especially with the images of the explosions whenever a city is being blown up!

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

The reason why I gave this book a four star rating is because I still have hang ups about the whole “heroes vs. heroes” story lines that have been plaguing both DC and Marvel for years now. Even though I will admit that I am enjoying this story, especially since we get to see Superman’s more aggressive side, it still feels like another “Batman vs. Superman” story that I have read so many times over and I wished that something different would be done about that rivalry (I guess we will see in the next few volumes)!

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Injustice: Gods Among Us Volume Two” is another great volume that details Superman’s growing aggressiveness with his plans for world peace and I definitely cannot wait to see how this battle between Superman and the world will play out in later volumes!

My Rating?
4 pows