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The Boys, Volume 3: Good For The Soul

(The Boys Collected Volumes #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  5,875 ratings  ·  251 reviews
In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone's got to make sure the "supes" don't get out of line. And someone will. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughies, Mother's Milk, The Frenchman and the Female are The Boys: a CIA-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on E ...more
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Published October 1st 2008 by Dynamite Entertainment
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Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is continuing to be a great story and I'm definitely excited for more.


Hugie finds about a bit more about the beginnings of The Seven and Vought American, and Annie starts to doubt her faith in God.
As a couple, they have one of the better, funnier, maybe more realistic, sex moments I've read in a comic. Worth reading for that alone.
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I like the comic book angle of this world, too. Using the issues as pro-superhero propaganda that spin a darker truth? Br
mark monday
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comicon
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
Dave Schaafsma
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ennis continues his send up of superhero comics in this the third volume of The Boys (A CIA-backed group monitoring the supes), with two basic storylines: Some back story by Billy Butcher told to Wee Hughie about the Vought Corporaation’s support for the Superhero group The Seven who botched a rescue attempt of a plane during 9-11. Yes, it’s that nasty. Billy is a kind of a twisted Stan Lee parody, who has his own personal reasons for resentment against the supes especially after supporting them ...more
L. McCoy
I wasn’t sure if I was gonna continue this series after q very disappointing second volume. However I decided if I really like the first book in a series but really dislike the second, I should try the third, give it another shot. Also the TV show looks pretty bad-ass!
I’m really glad I gave it another try!

What’s it about?
Hughie finds out more things about how the world works and deals with the results of the events of volume 2. Starlight struggles with her faith and life as a superhero in genera
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loving the tv show and loads of Easter eggs from this comic on it. Love what they’ve done so far.
Ill D
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Dum(b)-Dum(b)s
When did Garth Ennis become a Soap Opera author?
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Jesse A
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Still a fun series. 3.5 stars.
Christopher (Donut)
I consider this the best installment so far. The formula is: put Watchmen and Planetary in a blender, add several pounds of f---s and c---s, and several cups of degradation (sex and violence, and not always separately), garnish with "underground" flair.

I'm starting to like it, and that bothers me.
Stewart Tame
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I swear, sometimes it seems as though this book would more accurately be titled Wee Hughie, Co-Starring the Boys. I'm not really complaining, mind you. He's the New Guy, and gives us an outsider's perspective on the team. It gives Butcher and/or Mother's Milk someone to explain things to without sounding too exposition-y. In any case, this volume is decidedly Hughie-centric as he deals with his guilt over Blarney Cock's death, makes progress in his relationship with Annie, and gets filled in on ...more
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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.)
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
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!
TJ Shelby
Oct 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Mohamed Ahmed
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
i can say that this series starts to grow on me, and i start to enjoy reading it away from the TV.
the story is much different with many Easter eggs.
in this vol there is 2 story arcs
1st is good for the soul. it spots on Hughie and Annie's 2nd meeting and the start of their relationship, and hughie with an old problem comes to hunt him.
2nd is I tell you no lie GI. the origin of Vought-american.
both arcs was really good, and the art remains not to my liking but i start to get used to it.
Jim Gorman
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
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David Dalton
There is no way in the world I am going to miss Amazon TVs version of The Boys. Sometime the end of this month I am sure. Each issue is getting weirder and graphic. How much of this will transtition to the Amazon Prime series? I know it is cable, but that is asking a lot. I think I have access to 3 more Volumes thanks to my Comixology Unlimited subscription.
Ennis got his start in the mid to late 90s, establishing a reputation as an extremist in the comics community alongside Warren Ellis, though Ennis would become the Grant Morrison to Ellis' Alan Moore, with Ennis sometimes going to extremes without letting his story threads come together in a natural way. Does that mean Ennis is a bad writer? Of course not. He wouldn't be a favorite of mine if that were the case. While The Boys doesn't entirely reach the heights of some of Ennis' finer outings li ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
So after the head-explodingly engaging ending the Volume 2: Get Some, how does Garth Ennis continue the story of the Boys and their neverending quest to keep dipshit superheroes in line?

By diverting to a more low-key level of course.

Okay so Good for the Soul is divided into two separate story arcs, each one operating as something of a down-time for the characters of the previous arcs. It allows some moments for the Boys to explore elements of their characters and also gives some time for the sup
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of our man Garth
Recommended to Brent by: these fine creators
Shelves: fiction, superhero, comics
Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson amp up human and superhuman elements in this series and Wee Huey, one protagonist. You have to like and acknowledge Ennis extreme humor to appreciate this stuff. TV deal, hey? I'm curious about the rest. ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another volume of two halves. The first half sees Hughie tasked with his first ever solo mission - will he make the grade? He also sees more of Annie who is looking at her life before and after joining The Seven, and asking herself who she is.

The second half is a comic writing masterpiece as Ennis juxtaposes The Boys/Vought Americans history over are reality to create a thoroughly convincing alternate timeline that unquestionably calls out the American Military-Industrial complex. Alongside t th
Suzy | Gone Readin’
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libby-loans-2020
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Well, that was a turnout for the [comic] books.

After an underwhelming experience with Vol. 2 of this series, I ploughed on with Vol. 3 and was pleasantly surprised.

I didn't get the backstories I was hoping for in this volume of 'The Boys', but we did get the skinny on how the so-called 'supes' came to be, and a whole load of info about the role of Vought-American (the fat cats that are mentioned throughout Vols. 1 & 2 - The Boys, Volume 1: The Name of the Game & The Boys,
'No one wants their heroes sleazy an' fucked-up--so you feed 'em a dream. An' they'll buy the t-shirts an' watch the T.V. shows, which is where the real money is, by the way, an' the last thing they'll do is try lookin' any further...'

We seem to have a child-like fondness when it comes to superheroes, as we look up to them during these trying times as someone we could idolize, have faith in, to believe in. In a sense, they are like gods among men, who defend the weak and fight the wicked, wh
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Now this is why you read Garth Ennis books. A sublime read and it makes me wonder why volume 2 was such a misstep.

There is a lot of history and exposition in this book but so deftly handled that it is honestly fascinating. Tonally it is perfect and all of the reservations I have with volume 2 were not here. There was still edgy language and moments that were adult in nature but they were relevant and consistent with the story. Nothing felt unnecessary.

The back story is a cracker and I do not pro
Alain Gutierrez
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaining comic as always but Garth Ennis gets a little too wordy and way into politics, which can be interesting at times, but overall much too confusing. At points I was lost and had to re read certain sections just because I forgot what the plot of said issue was. Still a fine read nonetheless
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I wasn't sure what I was expecting from this series. But wow is this a weird series. From the characters, their arcs and that art style. And yet I want to know what happens next. ...more
Donald Armfield
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A little bit of the origins of The Seven. Including the Airplane Scene. Totally different compared to the TV Series. Blood, Guts and Gore.
Sweet but also dark, disgusting and very funny.
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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

Other books in the series

The Boys Collected Volumes (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Boys, Volume 1: The Name of the Game
  • The Boys, Volume 2: Get Some
  • The Boys, Volume 4: We Gotta Go Now
  • The Boys, Volume 5: Herogasm
  • The Boys, Volume 6: The Self-Preservation Society
  • The Boys, Volume 7: The Innocents
  • The Boys, Volume 8: Highland Laddie
  • The Boys, Volume 9: The Big Ride
  • The Boys, Volume 10: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
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