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The Boys, Volume 12: The Bloody Doors Off

(The Boys Collected Volumes #12)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  2,378 ratings  ·  158 reviews
The war is over and the world is saved. The supes have been beaten down so far they'll never get up again. So why would anyone want one hundred and eighteen metric tons of the only substance on earth that can kill them all stone dead? Bad days start coming thick and fast, as the Boys are caught in the last throes of the battle they were recruited to fight so long ago. Hugh ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published December 25th 2012 by Dynamite Entertainment (first published December 1st 2012)
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Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, for fuck's sake, Ennis! You're killing me!
Ok, so you see it slowly coming Little by little you realize that Butcher is...a tad unhinged.
I was not expecting this.


What? What happened, Anne? <--asks the imaginary audience in my head
Well, my dear imaginary friends, I simply can't tell you without spoiling it.
I will say that what I thought was going to happen, didn't. And what I never thought was going to happen...did.


Is this a worthy and satisfying conclusion to a fantastic title?
Elizabeth Sagan
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
oh God. What a story.
Daniel Clausen
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-2019
That'll do Boys, that'll do.

It's funny, Butcher is the one always saying never to make these long sentimental speeches, but wouldn't you know, he's the one making most of the sentimental speeches in this one.

It's a fitting end, I suppose. It takes all the pieces, tears them apart, puts them together again...everything has a kind logic to it, a logic very much in the logic of The Boys comics.

Why'd they have to do M.M., Frenchie, and the Female like that? I don't know.

But it all wrapped up goo
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hard to review - while on the one hand, the things this volume has to say about male friendship, power, self-knowledge and so on are very welcome (and, as usual, better handled than the male/female stuff), the overall turn of the story is quite simply horrid... not bad, not badly done, just very hard to read, to the point where (at about the halfway mark) one simply doesn't want to go on because it hurts too much to process. I think that's a tribute to Ennis, that one is so invested in the chara ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Stewart Tame
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
In which loose ends are dealt with in typical Boys fashion ...

The series is definitely over. There are some lovely final moments here. A certain relationship appears to finally be on solid ground. The Brooklyn Bridge gets rebuilt. Butcher is as manipulative as ever, even getting Hughie to call home. The final fates of many characters are revealed. We realize how much Hughie has grown as a character over the course of the series. More importantly, he does too. There were even a few moments that m
Sam Quixote
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Bloody Doors Off is a perfect ending to an uneven yet highly original series.

Full review here!
Deepu Singh
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh well, I just don't want to comment on it, it was just heartbreaking, traumatic thing to read, but it serves the characters well, except few, they tried to give it a happy ending, some disturbing scenes, some so sad moments, after reading the ending of this I just want to sleep. ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, e-book, re-read, 2013
Having read the conclusion, I think The Boys may be the best thing Ennis has written. It appears to be over the top satire of superhero comics, but it is so much more than that. A large part of it is a critique of certain forms of masculinity and how toxic they can be.
There is plenty of violence, swearing and nudity to please the id, along with crude humor. But there is also a surprising depth to this series.
Jesse A
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Not an overly satisfying ending. Unfortunate .
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really wondered just what else there was to tell about these boys once the aggressive supes were wiped out. Figures that Ennis could wring tension, drama and good dialogue from a premise that lesser writers would faint away at.

Butcher goes clearly off the deep end, picks up a shovel, and starts digging to the earth's core, and while we probably all knew he had it in him, this is still disturbing to see it play out in front of us.

The story goes to the extremes we've all been waiting for, and un
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
A cracking end to the series, I wasn't expecting the series to end like this. After finishing volume 11 and seeing there was still more to come I thought "why? How can he continue the story?" but Garth Ennis managed to find a way. I think this is the strongest book in the series, still has that same level of violence but all loose ends have been tied up and it almost has the feel of the ending of a Hollywood movie.

Enjoyed this series, it has been very long, had highs and lows and I'm surprised t
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A very good end to the series. Garth Ennis’ plotting is up there with the best - pretty much every thread is tied up. I loved the ending, Hughie and Annie can finally be together and at peace. In terms of characters, each of The Boys and Annie are some of the best that Ennis has written in his career. I was originally planning to watch the TV show after reading this but I’ve grown to love some of these characters so much that I’ll hold off on the show for a while.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ok, so this series does a bunch right: the premise is neat, Butcher is a compelling weirdo, and all the little mechanical bits of story structure just work. But i remain totally uninterested in Ennis's sexual/racial/etc politics. Regressive reaction masquerading as gritty enlightenment and fair-mindedness. Bah. ...more
May 12, 2013 added it
*screaming and crying*

I don't... What do I... How do I deal with these emotions? Time for a big review I guess.
An outstanding series if you are not the queasy type.
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this finally concludes my reread of The Boys. Oddly, even though this was the volume I'd read most recently, it was the one I remembered the least about. I had mental images of Hughie and Butcher fighting on a rooftop, but all context for the scene had evaporated from my mind. This whole volume feels quite strange, as the superhero problem that the entire series has been 100% about was completely resolved in Volume 11. So where do you go from there? The answer: completely off the rails.

Bill Coffin
Oct 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
The Boys is an unflinchingly graphic, 12-volume descent into sexual violence, exploding bodies, depravity, broken taboos and bodily fluids that purports to deconstruct the superhero genre with a chaser of black humor. All it really accomplishes, however, is a whole lot of sophomoric commentary on power and politics, stretches of exposition that last for entire issues at a time, unpleasant and inconsistent artwork, and a certain hypocrisy from a creative team which seems to revel in depicting all ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It definitely wasn't the ending I would've wanted, I really didn't liked it, but it was pretty fitting. It's a shame what Hughie did in the end, it's understandable, but I think it wasn't very fitting or a good solution - staying alive would be a much bigger punishment than merciful death.
Generally all what has gotten revealed about Butcher was really appalling. He wasn't a good guy anyway, but he seemed to be at least the the "right" side. In a way, his solution makes sense - to get rid of all
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2020
And there it is. While the rock-'em-sock-'em climax of the series was in the last volume, this denouement also functions as the climax for Butcher and Hughie's entire character arcs and, again, this is very much what Garth Ennis has been building to from the very beginning, and that's what's so satisfying about it. Pretty much everything that happens here makes sense, even if it hurts; this was always going to happen. It was baked into the series, and even if it's hard to say goodbye to these ch ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it

Overall series: 3.5/5

- I finished this entire series in 2 days
- I’m most definitely scarred for life
- 49% regret; 51% content
- truly do not read this unless you’re ok with ultra violence and the darkest of dark elements to the superhero genre and just life .. my god
- I wish I could unsee things but I can’t
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Final verdict: it was awful, bloody, gory with Butch being the worst and unmemorable character in every comic I've read this year.
The saving grace was Hughie whom I couldn't help but root till the end, which was satisfying.
Hatchet Mouth
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What. An. Ending. And I'm so glad that the tv show has deviated from source material and gone its own root so none of that cruel to be kind level closure will bear out on tv. ...more
Ross Alon
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I understand the point of this volume, but as most of the chapters in this series, it felt too long and too stretched.
I get that Ennis hate superheros, but he also hated the characters he created. He managed to get me to not care, or hate all of the characters in the book, to the point of me no longer caring.

Can't say I'm sorry I've read this one, but I don't think it's a very good satire, or even a story. It's just a hate letter to superheroes, but not an epic one.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
So this finally concludes my reread of The Boys. Oddly, even though this was the volume I'd read most recently, it was the one I remembered the least about. I had mental images of Hughie and Butcher fighting on a rooftop, but all context for the scene had evaporated from my mind. This whole volume feels quite strange, as the superhero problem that the entire series has been 100% about was completely resolved in Volume 11. So where do you go from there? The answer: completely off the rails.

It's g
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm a fan. Top stuff, tragic and engrossing and hilarious. ...more
Michael Hitchcock
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a review for the series as a whole, since I don't feel like trying to remember where each volume left off and reviewing every single one of them. So...

Wow. That's really what I said when I finished volume 12 and put it down. Just... wow. When I read Preacher and did a review for it, I said that it's really difficult for me to find a series of graphic novels that I can thoroughly enjoy from start to finish and the Garth Ennis had done it with Preacher. And he has done it again. I knew I w
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The sweetness of this rather shocking, startling and coldly comical last volume of The Boys was that it was all in plain sight, we just didn't want to see it? Overall a great series balancing gory violence, explicit uncompromising story lines and lo and behold even the title gets closure in this volume.

Things maybe, move a bit too fast at times, but I feel that we're being made to experience this volume as Hughie hence it's his P.O.V. I presume there's probably many readers who'd preferred the p
Shannon Appelcline
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good conclusion to The Boys that really gets to the heart of the characters of Hugh and Butcher.

Overall, I found The Boys to be a very uneven comic, bouncing between being laughably adolescent and dull on one side and really moving and interesting on the other. I think that the idea of talking about a world where the heroes are insane and/or real jerks is a good one, because it seems just as likely as the heroic fantasies that every one else offers, and Ennis does a good job with it. I could h
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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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