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The Boys, Volume 5: Herogasm (The Boys #5)

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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,865 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Garth Ennis, John McCrea, and Darick Robertson bring another tale from The Boys! An evil so profound it threatens all mankind! The mightiest heroes on the planet uniting to defend us all! A secret crisis of such utter finality that a countdown to civil or infinite war seems unavoidable! But have you ever wondered what really happens during Crossovers? The Seven, Payback, T ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by Dynamite Entertainment (first published 2009)
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Arminzerella
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Erik
As impressed as I have been with Ennis’s The Boys, this spin-off mini-series started out riotously enough – with the worlds’ greatest superheroes bidding the world goodbye as they fly off into space to counter a meta-threat, only turn tail and head to a remote island for a week-long orgy with their arch-nemeses. A proper spoof on those annoying multi-title crossovers that the Big Two still churn out on a yearly basis, if I’ve ever read one.

However, the gratuitous sex becomes more of an irritant
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Gavin
I was kind of let down by John McCrea's art, though it's not bad, it's just not Darrick's. Also holy shit, could there BE anymore naked supes? After a while there's no shock value, it's just overload. Ya we get it Garth, these Supes are a bunch of degenerate low-lifes that will fuck, suck, snort, shoot, smoke anything.

This is described as a side-story/mini-series, so I'm confused if this is supposed to be stand-alone or not.

The good parts are near the end, and some of the revelations about Voug
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Sam Quixote
"Herogasm" is the name of an orgy the supes attend every year when they tell the rest of the world that they're joining forces to fight off a space alien threat far away. They get together on a remote tropical island and it's "Caligula" but more graphic.

There's not much more to the story - Homelander's planning something, Vought American continue their plan for world domination, the Boys find some more backstory to their version of 9/11 that wasn't elaborated on in "Good for the Soul". But it's
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Alan Chen
This is a mini spin off/special series of The Boys and it's really bad. All superheroes, including villains are basically on an island vacation while deceiving the world that they are off Earth fighting some super enemy. This happens every year and it's basically an orgy to let the supes unwind. It's super crass with graphic nudity/sexual content and it's done so with no reason. Instead of it being funny it's really lame. The story line on the island is not original either. Vaughn American contr ...more
Mike
Vile and puerile - not my usual experience of Ennis (it's usually one *or* the other) but a nice little miniseries in the middle of a successful run. There's some interesting subplots around the VP and just how corrupt the White house is - but mostly it's a "meditation" on how sick these heroes really are - how corrupted by their unchecked powers they really get.

It's not like I don't enjoy this kind of fun stuff - but there's still something missing from the story. It doesn't quite have the full
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Ryk Stanton
The low point of the series, in my opinion. No character development for anyone, no plot advancement ... just an obsessive amount of debauchery. This is actually a mini-series that came out at one point; you can safely skip it.
Patrick

As with most good stories, what really makes them enjoyable is the characters.

And this series has that in spades. While they're all painted in broad strokes, they are relate-able and interesting. They come into conflict with each other, argue, and show genuine fondness for each other. Genuinely touching moments abound, making a nice counterpoint to the grim, perverse world the story is set in.

(Continued in book six.)
Adam
Vic the Veep makes me laugh.
Lauri
Viiendaks köiteks ammendavad end ultravägivald ja nabaalute naljade ja nabaaluse enda ohter demonstreerimine. Esile nihkub miski paralleelmaailma 11.09. katastroof ja valitsuse osalus selles. See kõik on aga edasi antud väga pika möla saatel, jutumulle on palju, nad on suured ja tihedat teksti täis. Igavust tükib kallale, esimene uudsus on läinud ja vandenõuteooriad kas koomiksi vormis või ilma mind suuremat ei huvita. Teine suur miinus oli et (võimalik et asi on minus, aga siiski) asi on edasi ...more
Jason
This is the volume of "The Boys" with all the sex in it. Very interesting stuff. I enjoyed this volume, its very different to previous volumes and seems shorter. There is still the violence, but the boys themselves are more subdued than normal. The ending is brilliant, the female was at her best.
Cathy
This certainly wasn't my favorite Boys issue. The sexcapades themselves got tedious and boring, and the plot involving Vic the Veep was hard to follow, perhaps because it had been a while since reading the last book.
Alan
Just a word of warning. ‘The Boys: Digital Omnibus’ series doesn’t contain the spin-offs, only the main series itself. You might think that this suggests that the spin-offs aren’t that important, but they’re actually crucial. Unfortunately, two out of three of them aren’t that good, including this one, but you really should read it anyway, I’m sad to say. It takes place between issues 30 and 31 of the main series, and presents some of the biggest turning points in the whole thing, so skip it at ...more
Tom
Holy illustrated boobs Batman! Here's a tip; don't try reading this comic on a train or any other public place. I don't think I've ever seen so much illustrated nudity that wasn't outright porn. Anyway the Boys story takes a detour as we spend some time the annual superheroes retreat where the world's super-powered celebrities enjoy a week excess that would make Caligula blush. The Boys follow on a agenda of their own and violent hijinks ensue.
As with (most of) the other volumes Herogasm is funn
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Eric Piotrowski
Ennis continues to chug along with an intriguing set of stories about the ultimate anti-heroes, in an amusingly literal sense of the term. There are a number of themes at play in this collection, including a hedonistic carnal getaway for super"heroes", some 9/11 conspiracy stuff, and questions of loyalty vis a vis sketchiness in the Secret Service. Obviously this came out years before the recent hullaballoo in Colombia, so I guess we should classify this as art predicting life.

The story arcs hav
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arjuna
Weeeeeeelllll I think this is just a bit of fun, really... you have a good idea about the impending taste level when you go into it, so the crudity and silliness is no surprise... and the sexual content is so relentlessly present that it works well to create a sense of crushing jadedness and ennui - a great door into the Homelander's state of mind. The supes' relationship with Vought American is getting more and more interesting, which is good - the series needs to keep building on that layer to ...more
Dufour
I didn't really understand why Ennis needed to do HEROGASM as a separate miniseries rather than part of the ongoing BOYS series. Perhaps it has something to do with how absolutely filthy this story is. It is abject reprehensibility in every way. And it rocks.

The least interesting stuff in HEROGASM is the ongoing subplot in THE BOYS about Vought-American and it stranglehold on U.S. politics. Where Ennis shines is his customary deconstruction of superhero mythology through absolutely disgusting an
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The Man In The Hat
The Boys wants to have its cake and eat it, too. It wants to condemn certain behaviour but takes great delight in showing it in great detail. It's been the biggest flaw of the series throughout and it all comes crashing into a heap in this collected edition.
It's humour is schoolboy level, thinking that a man farting on a woman's head is funny, but at the same time it tries to tackle some serious political issues. But then shows lots of sex and condemns it at the same time. Which it has been doin
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Ikea Monkey
I love The Boys and I usually give the books 5 stars, but, I couldn't this time. I just could not get passed the crappy art. I literally hated John McCrea's art. The way he drew Hughie was just really weird. He looked nothing like the way he normally does. The story was great, as usual.
Timothy Boyd
This volume collects the spin off mini series Herogasm from the main storyline. Garth Ennis definitely writes a different kinda superhero world. If you want to read a twisted version of your favorite superheros then this is a great read for you. Recommended
Patrick Day
This series started off as a rude, offensively funny riot. But five books in and the jokes are no longer funny and the characters take a back seat here to some kind of spy plot I wasn't the least bit interested in.
Sean Chick
This volume is less about The Boys and more about their enemies, namely the fractures that might pit Supe against government and the GOP with itself. Had a blast with this one. Love it when they dig into the background. Ennis has created a world that is fun, disgusting, but also terrifying.
JM
Ennis takes us backstage and shows us what really happens in the Boys' universe when there's one of those huge stupid crossover events like Civil War or Crisis of Infinite Earths.
Elh R'
What can I say ? Herogasm bored the hell out of me. It took me too much time to read it complete and I can't say I understand 100 % of what this was about. But, well, there were some high points, like the parody of The Fantastic 4, and could it be Uncle Dream a parody of Sandman ?

The free sex was ok, kind of super-hero-porn, and it even have some laughs, but, the whole story was weak.

Let's see what have the next vol. To offer.
Ben Brackett
The most over-the-top arc of the series, but also the one that really sets up the conspiracies and gives the over-the-top stuff meaning, rather than being gratuitous.
Dan
Well this whole series is absolute garbage. I won't be continuing 'cos I really don't care even a tiny bit about knowing how it all ends...
Meran
This TPB of The Boys is all about sex. If that offends you, you could probably forego reading this one, and still be able to keep up with the plot of the series.

You'll see depicted just about any sexual position available between consenting adults, animals and probably inanimate objects. This one was VERY explicit!

However, the plot deepens in this one: we see the corporation involved behind the Supernaturals, the money machine, the politics, even so far as the White House. If you weren't parano
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Mikael Kuoppala
“Herogasm” isn’t exactly a part of the main storyline of “The Boys” but a special miniseries set in the same universe. We do get a glimpse of our favorite team and the familiar political games going on in an alternate America filled with superheroes. As a whole I still thought that too much of the point here was about having an excuse to show superheroes have kinky sex with each other (the title comes from a sex party held by the elite “supes”) and shock the reader in various other ways as well. ...more
Brendan Nicholls
waste of time didnt do much for the overall story
Federiken Masters
Mar 02, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anti-crossovers.
Recommended to Federiken by: Los anteriores.
Ya se la agarraron con la JLA, con los Teen Titans, con los Avengers, con los michicientos grupos de X-Men, con tu vieja, con mi abuela y con nuestras mujeres. ¿Qué les queda ahora? Trascender los grupos de superhéroes y agarrarse directamente con un factor intrínseco a ellos: los crossovers. Esta miniserie recopilada no es más que una graaaan superorgía donde no queda títere con cabeza ni extremidad alguna. Ahora, a esperar a que lleguen los tomos siguientes.
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Ennis began his comic-writing career in 1989 with the series Troubled Souls. Appearing in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed British anthology Crisis and illustrated by McCrea, it told the story of a young, apolitical Protestant man caught up by fate in the violence of the Irish 'Troubles'. It spawned a sequel, For a Few Troubles More, a broad Belfast-based comedy featuring two supporting ch ...more
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