Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Saying Goodbye To "The Boys" Part 1 - Garth Ennis

"Let's take a look at the Boys themselves. Hughie really stepped into the series as the consummate everyman -- just a normal guy in a horrible situation. Yet over the course of the series, he's forced to be a lot more than a victim of circumstance. What do you think is the most important thing Hughie's learned about himself through all of this? That he'll never change, never become a tough guy, never have one of those "no more" moments that fictional characters have when they stop taking shit and go out to do what a man's got to do. In other words, he'll be like most people in real life and remain resolutely who he is, no matter how hard he yearns to be someone different. This was something I began to realize about Hughie early on, and became more convinced of the further I went with him. Towards the end he does manage to at least act like he's changed, but as we'll see at the true climax of the story in #71, it's his (largely unwitting) adherence to his true nature that does him the most good." 3.5 out of 5