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The Boys, Volume 4: We Gotta Go Now

(The Boys Collected Editions #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,779 ratings  ·  134 reviews
The fourth Dynamite collection of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys is here Also includes a complete cover gallery
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 14th 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.


David 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, ...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 ...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
Jesse A
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Things started moving again. A good volume.
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 ...more
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
Chris Greensmith
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-boys
"Lets fuckin' jizz on him dude...!" This was a good volume, the story and characters are really starting to develop and i feel big things are to come. My only issue is that I find it hard to believe that all Supes are sexual deviants, this may be explained in later issues, or it may be that Ennis has a real bee in his bonnet about superheroes, but still, I am enjoying it...3 1/2 ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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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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
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,
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
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: darkfantasy
An Ennis tour de force of satire, dark humour and the darkness of power!
From the CIA's orders, it's agreed that Hughie will have to undercover with this reality X-Men like team, called the G-Men. In a biting and vicious parody Ennis builds the rationale for the G-Men from a really dark place, but a place that would make sense looking at the outcomes of the teams, and the way they are built and structured.
We get to see and understand the corporate handlers , Vought American and at last get the
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
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, digital, 2017
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.
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.
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.
D'Iberville Library
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
There is something amiss within one of the Super-groups and The Boys are going to find out what it is. M.M. goes on a solo investigation of a supe suicide and the rest of the gang are going to focus on the G-Men (a play on the X-Men). Hughie gets his first undercover gig. He's going to infiltrate the G-Wiz which is basically Animal House with superpowers. We find out that the G-Men definitely have skeletons in their closet and dire secrets to hide, Vought-American will go to extreme lengths to ...more
So the G-Men.....

Look familiar? It should, and if it doesn't then what the fuck are you doing reading this? Or comics in the first place? In fact I can't stand your face anymore. Rack off.


Okay don't rack off. Please, I need the clicks and views! I need the validation!!!!

So after the low-key stories of Volume 3, Ennis and Robertson returns to standard investigation format of the comic involving Ennis's parody of the X-Men. One of their number, Silver Kincaid (the G-Men's equivalent of
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Hughie infiltrates an Animal House-like junior X-Men G-Men team to uncover why a team leader committed a spectacular public suicide. He finds what is basically (view spoiler)

There's plenty of gross-out in v4 to maintain that Ennis
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Literate fans of black humour
Sick, sad, funny as hell, awash with mayhem and bodily fluids - yes! Ennis and Robertson continue to rip the head off pop culture and not so much spit down its neck as DP the ragged hole. There's nothing I can say that this fella hasn't already; yes it is big-canvas and over-the-top and Goes Too Far but dammit I *like* that - it's still meaningful, still internally consistent, and still (somehow!) manages that final idiosyncratic tiny touch that nudges it from comedic to genuinely shocking. The ...more
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, dynamite
I don't really enjoy the amount of political stuff crammed into the plot. It makes the plot hard to follow, and detracts a lot from the fun of the concept. And the whole barfshitpiss is just too much and not justified in this volume. So far this series, sadly, is less than enjoyable, which is sad, because the beginning was so good.
A marvelous spoof of the X(-Men) this that and the other teams inundation from Marvel.
More degerates, crudeness but excellent story telling for those who like their satire raw and vicious.
Jim Gorman
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
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Adam Stone
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero-comics
This could have easily been a four star book. The premise: a take down of the X-Men franchise from Marvel, and how it got out of control, is mostly well-handled.

And while I can always do without the Butcher/CIA angle in the comics (both the consenting sexual violence between the two leaders, and the Monkey is into disabled porn gag), they're not the cringiest part of this comic.

Dragging down the momentum of this comic is Garth Ennis's G-Force Vs G-Style subplot where he gets to type the N word
Finished this one late, took a while to get through because of the all gratuitous political jargon and business chatter.

The volume is one chapter out of the lot and felt more like one of those lesser important episodes in a TV season. Hughie once again tries and fails to see reason with supes and tries to, as Billy puts it "Save Prostitutes". Billy gets it, he has been in this far longer than Hughie has and he knows more, so I don't understand why Hughie isn't listening. How does he not
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: visual, sci-fi
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Mikael Cerbing
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Ennis view of the X-men.
More or less as twisted as you expect it to be.
The wierd things we have always thought could be in the background about Comic superheroes, turned up to eleven.
I find it entertaining, and I am curious to see what is gonna happen, but I find the main storyline about the Boys vs the seven more interesting then these side quests. Even if they do ad to the main story.
Also, Butcher turns out to be an even more horrible asshole then I/we first thought. And no, just because
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