The Boys, Volume 3: Good For The Soul
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The Boys, Volume 3: Good For The Soul (The Boys #3)

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This volume collects issues #15-22 of The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 2009 by Titan Books (first published December 15th 2008)
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Gavin
Third volume into this great series, and nothing yet makes me want to stop reading. This one has a lot more about the characters, history, and background info that led us to where things sit here: a sort of Cold War stalemate between the Seven (Think JLA) and the Boys. Hughie gets more ink than anyone else, and I think that's a great idea because he's easily the one that most can relate with.
We get a glimpse into the history of Vought-American, the uber-corporation that supports (and more) the S...more
Stephen
3.0 stars. This is the third volume of this ground-breaking series by Garth Ennis. For the most part, I thought the story-line was just okay and the sex and violence seemed to be a bit more pointless than in the previous two volumes. That said, the infamous 9/11 tie in plot-line in the last story arc was gutsy and very well done. Apart from that, this would have gotten two stars.
Erik
Ennis and Robertson are back for two more story-arcs moving forward the plot of the titular covert team and their exploits in undoing the damage wrought by the less-than-savory superheroes that run amok. Although not as shocking as the previous two volumes – perhaps due to Ennis’ inability to out-do himself at this point in the series – the plotlines and character revelations go deeper this time around. Not only do we get to know Annie January much better – Wee Hughie’s new love interest (shades...more
Federiken Masters
Mar 02, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Conspirativistas.
Recommended to Federiken by: Lo que venía
Hasta ahora, el mejor libro de toda la saga, lejos. Todo lo bueno y lo malo de los dos primeros tomos sigue acá, pero es cuando empiezan a ahondar en el pasado de los supergrupos y en la relación entre Hughie y Anne que arranca lo verdaderamente bueno. Lo primero le da un contexto y una backstory de lo más creíble, interesante e indignante al grupo de "Los Siete" y toda la mierda marquetinera y comercial que se construyó alrededor de ellos y los otros súpers que fueron creando las compañías en b...more
Mike
This time around we're getting to know everyone - the characters, the supes, the world and even the Stan Lee-on-testosterone parody. I really like this kind of writing by Ennis - gives the story and characters a chance to breathe, lets us take a closer look and understand why these crazies did or will do what they do.

I'm thrilled we're getting some details (finally!) about the Vought-American Corp and the supes they funded, and Ennis has a hilarious take on how they intervene in the 9-11 fiasco....more
Alex
After truly going off the boil in volume two with scenarios that pushed all of the politically incorrect buttons but adding none of the biting satire of the first volume, Ennis is back on form and these are possibly my favourite Boys stories so far. Possibly one of the mopst gross out sex jokes of all time had me in stitches (whilst somehow making the love story between Hughie and Annie all the more sweet) whilst the expanded backstory on the Supes was well conceived and involving and set the to...more
Patrick


Why might I warn people away from the series? For the same reason they might find any of Ennis's work off-putting: Graphic ultraviolence. Graphic sex. Perversity. The usual.

That said, in some of Ennis's books, (Preacher, for example) the depictions of sex and violence sometimes (bordering on regularly) feel gratuitous.

I never felt that way with The Boys. Yes, it was over-the-top a lot of times, but it always felt fitting to the story being told.

(Continued in book four.)
Ria
I'm really loving this series, very compulsive and dark and extremely funny. Volume 3 featured a few key pay offs from earlier episodes as well as sowing some interesting seeds for future instalments (what on earth happened with Mother's Milk's mother?!). Still ultra violent, rude, twisted and outrageous, and I am completely hooked now.
Noah Soudrette
Another great entry into the saga of "The Boys". I wont go into detail so as not to spoil anything, but things slowly start to come to a head. This also features the infamous 9/11 story, that is a must read.
TJ Shelby
Guilty pleasure...or maybe sick obsession is a better explanation. As with all Garth Ennis books, I cannot with good conscience recommend them to anyone.
Devowasright
ennis you sick, sick bastard.
Arminzerella
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Kirsty
OK...I was really enjoying this series up until volume 3. This volume is quite offensive with no humour or overly graphic violence to compensate for it.

I know that this series is not for the light hearted and I'm pretty hard to offend. I wouldn't say I was personally offended, it just didn't sit well with me with the whole alternative history especially with 9/11 that was the main thing but I also found the whole period oral sex a little bit distasteful too and I think had there been more humour...more
Stacey
With Good for the Soul Garth Ennis fleshes out some of the supporting characters in The Boys. Of the team the Frenchman probably gets the best treatment but I'm very curious where he's taking Mother's Milk and the Female. Sometimes I find The Boys a little too explicit and there were a few points in the first arc that were a little much for me.

I did like Hughie's speech over the Blarney Cock and I liked the relationship between the Female and the Frenchman. I like how Hughie's relationship with...more
Laura Morrigan
This is a really interesting series that looks at things like the glorification of violence, the objectification of female superheroes, the roles corporations play in war, and much else. It is also completely irreverent, and makes no effort not to offend. In fact, you might say it intends to shock and offend. I have no complaints about that, I think you go into reading this series knowing what it is about. It is definitely not for everyone. There is explicit sex and violence.

I personally admire...more
Tom
Three volumes in to this series and it shows no signs of continuing to be anything but awesome. Hughie remains the main focus of the story but we get some time with Annie/Starlight and we even get some tantalizing glimpses into the enigmatic lives of The Frenchman, The Female and Mother's Milk (I can't wait till these guys get story arcs of their own). Its a exposition/back story heavy volume, which is great, I love finding out the histories and motivations of characters just as much as I like h...more
David
I just started reading these. I'll have to say, I thought I could never be disappointed with Ennis' work, until this. It's a great concept, looking at superhero teams as if they were a contemporary element in society, getting to see their dirty side, but Watchmen already did that. The focus with The Boys is, well, The Boys. They're C.I.A. backed misfits who try to keep the "supes" in line, hold them accountable for their actions.

I guess the thing that really bothers me about these comics is tha...more
Brendan Nicholls
the big military angle was brilliant and what starts off quite boring becomes another great volume. I have zero idea of how this will end but I can definitely say this wont end well. the foundation has been set for an epic battle between butcher and homelander. this has all the markings of a slow somber volume but it really opens the series up to become something epic, fingers crossed
gabe
Started out a little slow, though i thought it was much better than Volume 3. Thought some of the discussions between the Simon Pegg guy fellow and the Stan Lee fellow were a little unclear but ultimately they were my favorite part. (Sorry I'm no good with names) I suppose i'll read volume 4 but the series is on thin ice with me.
David Dean
I've been following The Boys for a while. Garth is currently halfway through the series. He claims he is only going to do 60 issues (that's 5 years of work people). I believe as of April of 2009, he's on issue 29 (I haven't been to the comic store in a couple of months).

Here's the the thing about the Boys--it's a critique of the superhero genre. Meaning that it's Garth's own sort of Watchmen or Wanted story.

I'm enjoying the Boys because I love Ennis, but I won't normally suggest it to anyone....more
Mikael Kuoppala
With the third volume of "The Boys" Garth Ennis finally gets where I hoped he would during the fluffy first and uneven second volumes. He takes his alternate world of people with superpowers and political shananigans and turns it to reflect our own world and politics.

This is alternate universe stuff at its most poignant an observant, and the references to current issues haven't even been veiled. And at the same time the story works as an entertaining and dynamic entity inside its own fictional u...more
Timothy Boyd
A very different look at superheroes and their world. Garth Ennis tells an interesting but twisted tale of a superhero world gone mad. Recommended.
Mike Shaw
Mar 31, 2010 Mike Shaw is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The Boys is an ongoing series by Ennis in which a government watchdog group is tasked with keeping superpeople in check. The 'supes here are morally bankrupt and usually behave like kids in a candy store. The world is their oyster and they exploit that fact at every opportunity. They are vain, cowardly, temperamental, and have little regard for human life. Especially chilling is a re-imagined 9/11 where the 'supes are called in only to make a bad situation worse (if possible). It is an absolute...more
Eric Piotrowski
I was rather disappointed by this book -- much of it is two sets of people having conversations, unlike the majority of Volumes One and Two. But then Issue 21 comes along and blasts the reader's brain into next week. Those ten pages are probably the most riveting thing Garth Ennis has ever written, and that's saying something.

Robertson's art style is superb as always, and the characters continue to evolve in intriguing ways (although much more slowly than in previous collections). It's definitel...more
Jessica
I definitely liked this one better than Volume 2 but not as much as Volume 1. I feel that these storylines were easier to follow than the last one, and the illustrations were more consistent.
Ross Kitson
The third book in the curious series returns to the main plot line after the Russian diversion of book two. There's plenty of chuckles, gore, bad taste and profanity to merit the mature readers tag. And the story is progressing well, despite some parts being pointlessly gratuitous.
The three or so issue info dump to Huwie was interesting but could have been done better, I think. At least it's set the scene, so that book four can get on with progressing the plot rather than filling gaps.
Still, v...more
Elh R'
Oh, man, this is fuckin' awesome series, The Boys are great !!! ... and Ennis is a motherfuckin' genius !!!

... So, what we have here are two stories, and the history of Vougth America's revealed, how the Seven became the Seven, and a 'plane crashing over some bridge ( remembering the 9/11)

I'm giving it 3 stars because it have a much more slow rhythm that the past vol. ... and I like my comics fast, but i's as good a story as only Ennis can bring.

... of Course I'll continue reading this series !!...more
Michael Legge
Shame he dies in the end.
Jonathan Schildbach
This series must really be hitting its stride, because even the juvenile sexual material isn't getting to me (or perhaps there's just a lot less of it). Ennis is more focused on character development, deepening the back stories of the team, as well as showing how Vought American (the company that is essentially behind the "supes") has its hand in everything and does what it can to manipulate events--but with limited success, largely due to the involvement of people and groups with opposing agend...more
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