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The Boys, Volume 4: We Gotta Go Now

(The Boys Collected Volumes #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  4,823 ratings  ·  199 reviews
The fourth Dynamite collection of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys is here Also includes a complete cover gallery ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Dynamite Entertainment (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Boys plan to flush out more nefarious doings in the superhero world, and this time it's knock-off Charles Xavier who's on the hot seat.


Hughie goes undercover as a member of...well, basically a Great Value version of New Mutant team.
Of course, being Wee Hughie he finds himself wanting to help the crazy kids instead of just fuck them up. The plot is a mash-up of Animal House plus {insert random teen X-team here} and a Michael Jackson level of turning a blind eye to the obvious hero worship.


Dave Schaafsma
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
In his series The Boys, Garth Ennis and illustrator Darick Robertson take down, deconstruct, rip apart and flush down the toilet (but something less refined than that, truthfully) superhero culture. These are not good people as we have been led to believe, Ennis says, and they dress funny. It's all marketing, and possibly something more sinister, needing more than just satire to address it. In this volume, he focuses on the X-Men, or G-Men, and in particular a young group of G-Men in training, G ...more
mark monday
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comicon
Ennis shows his sensitive side in his depiction of teen superhero group G-Wiz. if you've been following this series, you already know that The Boys is Ennis' full frontal attack on superhero templates, tropes, and archetypes. he can't stand them so he not only deconstructs them, he mercilessly debases them as well. it's enjoyable if you can stomach all of the nastiness, pessimism, and the understanding that Ennis looks at the world in an exceedingly narrow way. fortunately I have a cast-iron sto ...more
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
2.0 stars. I hated most of this story arc of the Boys and it was headed for one star the entire time until the end (which was excellent) save it and pushed it up to at least okay. I am a huge fan of Garth Ennis and thought The Boys, Volume 1: The Name of the Game was amazing and The Boys, Volume 2: Get Some and The Boys, Volume 3: Good For the Soul were good to very good.

However, in this volume the raunchiness and vulgarity seemed pointless and actually began to get irritating. Maybe I missed s
Sam Quixote
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
"We Gotta Go Now" is Ennis and Robertsons' take on the X-Men and that whole brand of heroes with younger X-Men like X-Factor, etc. "Orphans" get taken in and trained by a creepy benefactor who uses them to profit off and continue the cycle. Then one of them kills themselves and another who is supposed to be dead turns up "alive" and things turn out to be not as they were. The usual debauchery, ultra-violence, and bad taste are in abundance with the added delight of Wee Hughie dressing up as a su ...more
Jesse A
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Things started moving again. A good volume.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Let the depraved X-Men subversion commence.

Can’t say I enjoyed this as much as the last story arc. It isn’t bad at all, just a pretty straightforward subversion of the X-Men. Some of the shocking revelations of “mutant” depravity are easily guessed from the start. There really isn’t much character growth or revelations here. Plus, the suspenseful moments and pulse pounding fights are missing. Nope, it’s the usual vulgarity and sexual escapades of supes in this universe going on. At least the roa
Stewart Tame
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five stars may be a bit much, but four didn't seem enough. I finally went with five, figuring that gorgeous cover--an homage to the classic Animal House movie poster--was worth an extra star all by itself.

Hughie gets sent undercover to infiltrate the G-Men (clearly intended as an X-Men parody) and plant a new set of bugs in their mansion. He does so via G-Wiz, one of the myriad satellite teams, who live together in something of a frat house environment. Needless to say, there's a dark secret beh
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't care for the first volume of The Boys, but the next two volumes were starting me into the groove. Ennis' black comedy/superhero deconstruction certainly had its faults there, but it was also entertaining as you found out more about the world, and though I was hesitant about this volume tackling the G-Men (The Boys' version of the X-Men, naturally), I was still ready for it and the shower I'd need to take afterwards.

But boy howdy, a shower can't wash away the stink of this book.

I feel li
Dimitris Papastergiou
This was nice!

I liked it a lot better than the previous one, I hated the short old creepy guy, mainly because of the whole nonsense, too much info, talking nonstop and everything he was explaining to Hughie was boring to me.

Anyway, this one was great. Especially towards the end! Finally something's happening and it's getting interesting. Great dialogue, great artwork and some good twists happening.

On to the next one!
Michael Hitchcock
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Ryan Stewart
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Funny, smart and super raunchy. This volume has some of the highest highs in the series yet, and propels the story forward. I’m pretty hooked.
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
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Vol. 4 and we keep chugging along with our band on CIA-backed Supe-policers. Starting with the cover, this is a big tribute to Animal House, John Landis,and John Belushi (his character Blutarsky specifically). Hughie is sent undercover to investigate the G-Men (X-Men) and he starts by becoming one of the G-Wiz crew and he finds that they pretty much party all day and night like it's Animal House; they even wear Togas, and the gross guy is named Blowchowski (His superpower is to vomit acid).

Ryk Stanton
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
July 2019 - I liked it better this time, so I added a star. The racism is still there, and the terribly bad behavior. Beyond terrible. But for all that, it's a very good story.

February 2015 - Umm ... uncomfortable this time. After the last TPB's talkiness, this one starts things moving in a darker direction. And for Garth Ennis, "darker" means more depraved. The graphic description of perversities, however, is overshadowed by the sheer racist depictions of some of the superhero teams. And, yeah
Jamie Connolly
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Holy cow. Geez. Where do I even start with this book. I mean it’s got so many levels. It’s smart and intriguing and there’s great character building. But it’s also disgusting and debaucherous(if that’s even a word. I’ll go with it). It ridiculous and off the cuff and then it has purpose. It’s crazy how it’s all balanced but it works. And this is volume 4 I’m talking about. The next volume is called “herogasm” to give you an idea. I can only imagine what’s gonna come in the later chapters of this ...more
Suzy | Gone Readin’
As with Vol. 2, this series came close to losing me with this instalment - but it pulled it back in the end.

Vol. 4 focusses primarily on the G-Men, a faction of supes previously mentioned but not explored within the storyline. There are content warnings for racism, paedophilia and (as ever) gory violence.

It was interesting to learn more about a largely unknown faction of the supes, but this volume was far from impervious to problems and I noted several. Chief among them was the sheer amount of c
Darkness has permeated this modern tale of super-powered individuals ever since its inception. A tunnel, permanently dark, with walls that clamp around as soon as one sets foot into it, a light peers from the end of it; moving closer to it in turn causes it to flicker, with very little hope of it shining it is reached. As optimism dwindles, we slowly being to realize that there simply is no room for it anymore, as reality sets in and continues to diminish our hope. Not completely, as to avoid de ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Again, the ending of this collected edition is amazing. If fact this carries on with the high level of writing as the previous volume. As I read through this volume 2, with its misplaced sexual politics and unnecessary plot details was becoming but a distant memory.

As I read this I could see a whole number of potentials for future potential plot developments but there were no real clues as to which would be chosen. The characters were strongly written and dark as well as funny.

The art is also g
Ross Alon
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
For me there is no possible way to like the boys. The series is both super intriguing, yet so offensive.

In this volume, Ennis tries to brake the X-Men, but as I've claimed before, Ennis with all his talents, do not understand superheroes, and obviously doesn't understand the X-men. So this twisted parody is going nowhere.
What saves this volume is the few spots where we encounter the seven. The twisted parody of the justice league does work, specially when they com in small doses.

There is no poss
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2017, digital
In this volume, Ennis deals with his twisted version of X Men ("G Men"). This volume is violent and offensive as usuall, but has some nice and soft moments too. I wonder where Ennis is going to take this. will start the next volume soon. ...more
Farai Chikwanha
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
The action was very entertaining, but my god, has Garth Ennis ever spoken to an actual black person? Because the way he handled the G-Style and G-Coast heroes was egregious. I really don't understand why he found it necessary constantly to feature elements in the comics that would alienate any reader who isn't a straight, white guy. ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Someone who used to think that everything was Full of Win surprisingly didn't like this volume.

It's really worth it just for the ending, but there are enough jabs and jokes at the expense of the X-Men franchise to keep this one entertaining.
Mohamed Ahmed
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
not as good as previous vol
after one of the G-men committed suicide the boys are tasked to go inside the G-men to get more details, and who else will go but poor hughie.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can totally see just how bad (or good depending on your level of debauchery) the new spinoff series is gonna be!
The more I read of this series the less I like it. So glad they lightened the darkness for the show!
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Similar to the previous volumes in that it was very violent, very disturbing, but very compelling. I like that we get more background on some of the other Supe teams. Butcher is definitely one of my favourite characters, but I think that they all are three-dimensional.
Will Fenton
Again, some of the writing is borderline grade-school-infantile crap. But the story, the twists and turns and pull-no-punches action keeps it at a high level.
Deepu Singh
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jings, it was so satisfying.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson take on the X-Men in this filthy instalment of The Boys. I found it quite funny that there was a virtually infinite number of different G-teams and they were either frat boys or drama queens. The amount of schlocky humour got quite tiring but the brutal ending to this volume completely nailed it.
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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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The Boys Collected Volumes (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • The Boys, Volume 2: Get Some
  • The Boys, Volume 3: Good For The Soul
  • The Boys, Volume 5: Herogasm
  • The Boys, Volume 6: The Self-Preservation Society
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  • The Boys, Volume 8: Highland Laddie
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