Comic Book Reviews - The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #3 Review


Created on October 10, 2011 and written by
Category: Comic Book Reviews

The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #3

Rating: 3/5
Publisher Name: Dynamite Entertainment
Publisher Website: http://www.dynamite.net

Writer: Garth Ennis
Pencils: Darick Robertson
Colors: Tony Avina
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: PARENTAL ADVISORY – 15 years and older. Similiar to T+ but featuring more mature themes and/or more graphic imagery.

Publisher’s Blurb:
The love of a good woman turns Billy Butcher’s life around in the nick of time. Smart decision follows smart decision, new horizons open up, friends and family come together to celebrate newfound joy. Life was never sweeter- and will never get this good again.

Reviewer’s Comments:
Let me start this review by admitting that I’d never read The Boys or the first two issues of this mini-series spin-off, The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker before now. From what I can gather from this issue, The Boys are a CIA backed group that keeps super powered beings in line.

This issue focuses on Billy Butcher as he tells the tale of how he fell in love with Becky Saunders to his departed father.

We’re given some history about the couple as well as some family problems that the Butchers have been facing with regard to their parent’s relationship, or lack thereof.

This seems to be an issue where there is mostly just a lot of background told. So far there doesn’t seem to be much going on in the title other than some heavy reminiscing but I wouldn’t drop it from your pull list just yet. Even with my ignorance of previous issues of The Boys, I get the distinct feeling that there is a lot more to their story than this issue explains and I think it’d be worth checking out for at least a few more issues and I may even have to go back and read some previous issues to get the full take on things.

Garth Ennis drives home the British atmosphere with a lot of local slang and environments common to London. The talent on the art team lends a hand to the quality of the book with some fine pencils and coloring that gives it the professional, clean look that I’m known for being fond of.

All in all, this issue wasn’t fantastic but it wasn’t bad. Every title has filler issues and it seems to me that this is a bridge to something more interesting.

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