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

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,738 ratings  ·  82 reviews
This volume collects issues #15-22 of The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
Hardcover, Limited Edition, 192 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Dynamite Entertainment (first published October 15th 2008)
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mark monday
Ennis continues his obsession with shit in this 3rd installment of his vindictive parody. the underground team known as "The Boys" continues to keep a watch on various super-powered groups like "Teenage Kix" and "The Seven". mysteries are deepened, some questions are answered but more are not, a slain character comes back as a revolting zombie, the most enjoyable character - the naïve heroine Starlight - continues to evolve, there's a slice of graphic hate sex for a couple of characters, and the ...more
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
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.
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.
This volume has some real nasty scenes, all I can say is poor poor Hughie, that's not what you want to wake up to. Haha

Some interesting concepts in this issue, which is mainly focused on giving you some background on the boys and the seven. Alternate reality stuff on 9/11 was really messed up. Why are super heroes so dumb?

On to volume 4!
Michael Hitchcock
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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
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

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.)
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.
ennis you sick, sick bastard.
James Rodrigues
Resurrection, a trope in superhero comics, is taken to extreme levels here. There's also a standoff between The Seven and The Boys, which is rather tense, and the history of Vought-American.

But the volume fails in one major aspect, as we look into an incident caused by the Seven. It's a good showcase for the problem with anybody becoming a superhero, but it's so uncomfortable and off-putting how much this event resembles 9/11. It just seems like an excuse to be offensive, and could have easily b
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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
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
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
The third volume in the series is more of a filler than anything else but unusually that is a good thing. The summary somewhat tells you what's going on but I wish they had gone into more about Frenchie (can't remember his name) and Female. Still this was a great entry and really begins to introduce the meat of the story that has been admittedly (although not detrimentally) lacking from previous entries.
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
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
Ryk Stanton
This one was a bit talky to me, so I only gave it four stars. I realize that it provided some much-needed background and exposition (as well as that it set up storylines to come), but The Legend - and his satirical representation of Stan Lee - just rang untrue and wrong.

Series still strong, same warnings and recommendations apply - am enjoying my reread.
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
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.
Järjest paremaks läheb. Sisse segatakse ameerika kultuuris juba keskse koha saanud 11.09.01., koomiksis küll veidi teisel moel kuid äratuntavalt tabatult. Superkangelaste toimetused panevad samal ajal tilga püksi naerma ja teisalt groteskset võikusesegast närvikõdi tundma - vägivald on graafiline ja detailne. Koomiksikirjastustes pole muidugi eriti raske DC Comicsit, Vertigot, Marvelit jne ära tunda - nagu ka ei peaks kellelegi erilist raskust valmistama kõikvõimsa Homelanderi meie maailma analo ...more
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.
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
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.
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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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