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

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  2,414 Ratings  ·  79 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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Dec 16, 2016 HFK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics, paidkindle
I think Herogasm is the volume where Ennis let's his inner need to dishonor superheroes run wild, unleashes his dissatisfaction towards leotard franchise, contaminates the things so many fans hold dear to them. And I am loving every goddamn minute of it.

Pollute, ridicule, disgrace, punish. Write and draw some porn.

When our dear superheroes fly off to save the world, they are not actually going to space, but to their yearly Herogasm that is an orgy requiring a lot of lubricant and heavy poundin
mark monday
Jul 17, 2016 mark monday rated it it was ok
Question: What is a "Herogasm"?

a) "la petite mort" de la super-héros, évidemment! pour les super-héros, c'est UNE GRAND MORT! partout!!!

b) an annual retreat for the dastardly "super-heroes" of Ennis' pitch-black series The Boys; a place where these villainous jerks get their fuck on.

c) the title of a somewhat amusing miniseries in which Ennis trots out more mildly entertaining riffs on his various themes: Corporations Are Evil, Government Is Corrupt, and Anyone Who Wants To Be A Hero Is Probably
Sam Quixote
Jul 31, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
"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
Alan Chen
Feb 18, 2015 Alan Chen rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
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
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May 20, 2014 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
May 23, 2010 Erik rated it did not like it
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
Stewart Tame
Apr 24, 2017 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it
Perhaps a bit of a letdown after volume 4, but pretty much anything would be, really. This was still fun, but, storywise, it's really more about planting seeds for future plots than it is about Herogasm.

"And what is Herogasm?" you may ask. So you know how universe-changing, multi-title crossover events are pretty much standard fare for superheroes these days? In the world of the Boys, that's what the supes SAY they're doing, but what they're really doing is each other. And plenty of high end pro
May 21, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing

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.)
May 05, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
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.
D'Iberville Library
Mar 21, 2017 D'Iberville Library rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This series is not for the weak. This installment especially.

The supes have announced to the Press that they are off to battle some space invaders and will be MIA for a while to avenge the G-Men. In reality, they are going to the 24th Annual Herogasm located on a remote resort in the Caribbean. They are in for a week of sex, drugs, and general debauchery. (Not that they don't typically indulge in those things, but this is a Vought-American funded orgy vacation.)

The Boys are there, in hiding, t
Mar 20, 2017 Janessa rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Shit is about to hit the fan. Can't wait for the next book. (good thing it's sitting right here...)
Sep 09, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: creator-owned
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
Ryk Stanton
Feb 10, 2015 Ryk Stanton rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 05, 2010 Cathy rated it it was ok
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.
John Barclay
Apr 12, 2016 John Barclay rated it liked it
Oh boy, lots of sex with supes. Yawn. OK, so the meta plot is interesting but for a 6 part series this is not worth it.
Jun 11, 2015 Adam rated it really liked it
Vic the Veep makes me laugh.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Sep 28, 2015 Jenny (Reading Envy) marked it as to-read
part of the Banned Comics Humble Bundle (Banned in Qatar)
B.T. Hogan
Jun 12, 2017 B.T. Hogan rated it liked it
Not as much fun as previous volumes, bit too political for me.
Michael Hitchcock
Mar 15, 2016 Michael Hitchcock rated it it was amazing
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Feb 17, 2017 Jenny rated it did not like it
Worst book of the series (so far). Wasn't book 4 good? That's what I remember. Hard to follow, not cool trying to read it on public transit - I had to abandon that idea quickly. Felt like a stand-alone in some respects. And I had to re-order it, looks like it is the only volume that had been stolen from the library - and I can see why - yeesh. However, I haven't given up hope, on the #6.
Albert Yates
volume 5 finds is following the superhero teams arrive at their annual "retreat", full of liquor, duds, and sex.

Ennis seems to paint the superheroes almost as a pseudo celebrity, basking in the light and warmth of their fame getting everything that they can desire.

I expected a big show down between the boys and the superheroes, but that didn't materialize this time.
Eric Piotrowski
Aug 02, 2012 Eric Piotrowski rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 11, 2009 Du4 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, funny
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
Aug 05, 2012 arjuna rated it really liked it
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
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
Nov 27, 2014 Lauri rated it liked it
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
Mikael Kuoppala
Sep 05, 2011 Mikael Kuoppala rated it it was ok
“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
Feb 14, 2013 Meran rated it really liked it
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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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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