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The Boys, Volume 2 by Garth Ennis
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Sep 30, 2009

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** spoiler alert ** Little Hughie and the gang are keeping the supers in line. They start off investigating the death of a young gay man who, purportedly, was involved with the super hero, Swingwing. They interrogate Tek Knight, who knows something, and eventually get a lead on Swingwing, who is responsible for the man’s death. Before they can use this information to their advantage, however, Swingwing winds up dead. The gang heads off to Russia to look into another situation. Someone’s been hoarding super villains – pumping them full of some chemical that can be excited remotely – by pushing a button – and cause their heads to explode. Just before these super villains can be unleashed on the unsuspecting (and much put upon) Russians, the plot is foiled – the would-be dictator takes off in her very exclusive jet (which explodes), and The Boys find the detonator and take out the super villain threat on their own.

Lots of blood, violence, sex, and dark humor. The Boys are the guys you want on your side, but you probably don’t want to hang out with them socially. They’re dangerous, they’re somewhat uncouth (hello, Hughie took a dump in Tek Knight’s secret lair!), and they won’t hesitate to mess you up. But these are exactly the kind of people you want to keep the supes in line. Their powers make them gods on earth, and most of them are willing to take advantage of the situation. Cool series. Realistic (well, you know) so far as power’s corruption goes.

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