The Boys, Volume 9: The Big Ride

The Boys Volume The Big Ride All the pieces are falling into place for the Boys as well as their most mortal enemies The long dreaded superhuman conflict is on its way But first there are secrets still to be uncovered like the s

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  • Title: The Boys, Volume 9: The Big Ride
  • Author: Garth Ennis Russ Braun John McCrea
  • ISBN: 9781606902202
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • All the pieces are falling into place, for the Boys as well as their most mortal enemies The long dreaded superhuman conflict is on its way But first there are secrets still to be uncovered like the story of the team s first encounter with supergroup The Seven, and the shockwaves from that disastrous meeting that still reverberate today Hughie, meanwhile, discovers hisAll the pieces are falling into place, for the Boys as well as their most mortal enemies The long dreaded superhuman conflict is on its way But first there are secrets still to be uncovered like the story of the team s first encounter with supergroup The Seven, and the shockwaves from that disastrous meeting that still reverberate today Hughie, meanwhile, discovers his comrades hidden history, as their original leader Colonel Greg Mallory takes him through sixty years of the filthiest black operations imaginable And finally, with good and bad guys teetering on the brink, a shadowy force sets events in motion that will push even Butcher over the edge The Boys, Vol 9 The Big Ride collects issues 48 59 of the New York Times Best Selling series by Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Russ Braun and John McCrea, and features all of the covers by Robertson

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    1. Note: the one star rating doesn't reflect this particular book, but rather this one particular issue I'm discussing here, in this piece of my multi-part review.* * *There is a problem with this series. The portrayal of women. There's no sense dancing around it or trying to soft-peddle it. Women. You could give Ennis the same pass that a lot of people give Tolkien. You can claim that he's writing a story in keeping with a tradition that marginalizes women, and so to do otherwise would be contrary [...]

    2. I get the feeling Garth Ennis is a bit tired of this series and if he isn't, I think I am. If you're reading this then you'll have read what came before so I can tell you that what went before goes for one more cycle in this book too. More "Homelander is a psycho" stuff, more "Vought American are evil" stuff, more "supes doing banal hedonism" stuff, more of Wee Hughie and Starlight's tired relationship navigating the rocks of their revelations stuff, and maybe worst of all, the putting off, once [...]

    3. First off, the cover is absolutely brilliant! Love it! It perfectly sums up what this series is all about. Frank Miller probably laughed his ass off when he saw it. Major exposition this volume, as Mallory tells Hughie the story of how the Boys got started. Also, someone seems to be attempting to provoke a confrontation between the team and the Seven There's less action and humor than previous volumes, but we get a ton of much-appreciated backstory. The series would seem to be moving in the dire [...]

    4. Garth Ennis is one of my favourite writers and I’ve been loving this series. The Boys is about a world where superheroes exist and they’re a bunch of dangerous, narcissistic prima donnas and The Boys exist to keep them in line. If you like your graphic novels to be powerful, irreverant, digusting, offensive, thought-provoking and just downright fucking brilliant, you should read The Boys. In fact, you should read everything by Ennis. And volume 9 knocked me sideways. The end of the book just [...]

    5. I get the feeling Garth Ennis is a bit tired of this series and if he isn't, I think I am. If you're reading this then you'll have read what came before so I can tell you that what went before goes for one more cycle in this book too. More "Homelander is a psycho" stuff, more "Vought American are evil" stuff, more "supes doing banal hedonism" stuff, more of Wee Hughie and Starlight's tired relationship navigating the rocks of their revelations stuff, and maybe worst of all, the putting off, once [...]

    6. In the first storyline, it moves along at a tight clip, and I felt quite anxious as I read it. There's a lot of cryptic information flying at us and it's hard to keep a balanced view of where the action is soon to head - who's going to get awas of whom.Escalation. That's the name of the game in Volume 9. And history lessons. Pull us into old conflicts, which have a nasty habit of highlighting the tensions of the current ones.Ennis takes the story - not very subtly - down an historical road right [...]

    7. I've hit a bit of a wall with this series, it really needs to have been wrapped up by now, this volume feels much longer than any of the others so far. Instead of getting closer to a conclusion the volume is full of background info on VA, the origin of the boys and the sexual exploits of super heroes.Full of peaks and troughs of violence, gruesomeness and long dialogue I am glad to have made it to the end and hoping that the next volume is better.And don't get me started on the ending of this vo [...]

    8. This was one of the low points in a very uneven series. At this point, it seems like Ennis needs to wrap things up, but instead I know there are three more volumes. He's made the points that seemed worth making and now the story seems to be spinning its wheels until the eventual showdown between the Boys and the Seven at the end.What really brings this volume down is the arc in the middle recounting the long history of superheroes in this alternate timeline. Ennis is much more fascinated by this [...]

    9. I rarely cry over a comic, but when (view spoiler)[The Boys came back to find that Terror has been killed, (hide spoiler)] I cried big, fat, sloppy tears. As Hughie said, (view spoiler)[he was such a "good wee dug" (hide spoiler)]. I did enjoy seeing some of the backstories of a few of the characters and the endearing interactions between The Frenchman and The Female. It's one of the wordier trades of The Boys, but also one of my favorites.

    10. Sex. Violence. Gore. You don't want to read this series.Unless you do, in which case this volume really moves the story along big time. I can't really say much, but the game is changing big time.Only four stars because this had another talky section filled with backstory I just didn't need so much of.

    11. "We were the best fucking generation. All blood, guts and glory."War stories and Ennis. You either hate it or love it. The Boys is not the kind of a book where you see a flashback that goes as far as the WW2, but I love how Ennis weaves his knack for war tales into the worldbuilding of this stories, to the very origins of the Vought American's attempt to foray into using superheroes to win military contracts, their spluttering and very roadblock ridden rise to power.

    12. Better than the last one. Some parts are nice, some are tiresome. The story is moving towards it's conclusion, in a too-slow pace for my taste. With three more volumes to go, I hope that the pace gets better and it won't feel like page-filling.It wasn't bad, but not to great either.

    13. The ninth book in the series, The Big Ride is divided into three parts. This one has so many moving parts, with long running plots, foreshadowing, and backstory, it would be impossible for a reader to really want to get into the series with this one. (Though I guess the material's strong enough to try.)In Proper Preparation and Planning, both The Boys and Vought-American through Jessica Bradley are digging back through the history of conflict between The Boys and The Seven for clues on how to en [...]

    14. Ugh. This is the worst of Garth Ennis. Overly violent and bloody, meandering, overlong and just full of gay/tranny "jokes" that make it super obvious Ennis is either a serious homophobe, 13 yrs old, or has serious issues with his own sexuality"there's more shit on this than Elton John's cock" really??? That's fucking genius you dumb twat. Ennis is that guy who tells racist and homophobic jokes but then says it's ok because he has a gay uncle, or knows a black person.As for the book, I honestly s [...]

    15. Proper Planning and Preparation (48-51). This is really The Boys at its best. No (well not much) crude humor, just a bunch of super harsh super heroics. What's surprising is how much of this story is low key. As the title suggests, it's planning and preparation. Still, the flashback is brilliant (though Ellis doesn't do a great job of making it clear when the flashback starts), and it all creates tension heading forward [8/10].Barbary Coast (52-55). Ah, more flashbacks. The WWII issue is superb, [...]

    16. I know that other reviewers have given this volume very low ratings. I very much disagree with them.This whole series is about petty, vengeful, broken people. Which are shown pretty baldly in all their disfunctional glory. It's also been mentioned that their are no "strong women" in it. Well, duh. Those depicted are just as broken as the men, nay, more, because their spirits are shattered. So, I'm glad there aren't many women in it! (And bringing in some "strong women" would skew the story, make [...]

    17. Two for two; going with Sam Quixote on this one - he says everything I wanted to. File under good but treading water a bit. Lots of interest, lots of intrigue, interesting new character, but it doesn't really get us any further forward (although the last issue was unexpectedly moving I think that image of Terror and The Female is one of my favourites in the whole series). Probably most interesting for fleshing out Mallory, some nice artwork (but was missing Robertson terribly - nobody else reall [...]

    18. The Boys, Vol. 9: The Big Ride (Titan, pb, c.276pp), by Ennis, Russ Braun, John McCrea and Keith Burns collects issues 48 to 59 of the main series, where we learn more about what happened the first time The Boys went toe-to-toe with The Seven, and see them prepare for the inevitable second confrontation while investigating the murder of a transsexual at the brothel of Doctor Peculiar, the prime suspect being Jack from Jupiter. It was good, but I’m slowly being driven mad by “discreet” bein [...]

    19. This volume started out as a massive back story, telling the tale of how the team called The Boys started and the impact that superheroes had on the lives of civilians during the wars over the years. Hearing about the first team of supers during the war and how Vought took the time to develop their formula before bringing them back into the fold. That was an incredible feat of storytelling, I was sucked into that war like I would never have imagined.The rest of the story picks up the pieces of S [...]

    20. A collage of three very different storylines, "The Big Ride" is perhaps the most balanced volume in the series yet. In "Proper Preparation and Planning" we get set-up for the clearly approaching confrontation between The Boys and The Seven. In "Barbarry Coast" we revisit Hughie's dismantled condition and discover the secret backstory of the organization he now contemplates returning to. "The Big Ride" gets us again deeper into the main story arch and remembers to keep the characters in the cente [...]

    21. Kuigi ilgelt palju oli rääkivaid päid ja tihedaid jutumulle, oli kaks liini mi smulle väga meeldisid. Esimene oli Vought Americani esimesed katsetused superkangelastega sõjaväljal, selline tragikoomiline veresaun kui näiteks lendav superkangelane hurraaga lennukipropellerisse lendab või kui saksa Leopardid mõnest üle sõidavadTeine liin oli lõpupoole pederastliku Jack of Jupiteri vahelevõtmine ja härra reaktsioon sellele (koosnes peamiselt ilapritsimisest ja raevutsemist, f-sõna ka [...]

    22. This is a set up volume, where the pieces come together, the battle lines are drawn, and we learn the origins of The Boys. Lots of cliched phrases there, but this is not original work and that slow build may seem a bit too drawn out. Yet, I a ready though for the great confrontation, excited as I have not been excited by a work of action oriented fiction in years. The serious vibe is doubly strong, since the garish toilet humor of previous volumes, however fun, is no longer here to distract us. [...]

    23. And now we enter the final act of The Boys, with a surprisingly small but catastrophic event setting up what will clearly be a bloody, gory finale. I don't want to say too much to give it away. All I can tell you is I couldn't put this one down because I could practically feel the tension on the page. Hughie gets the full backstory on The Boys, and then he goes back to the team, and all you can do at this point is wait, hold your breath, and wonder how horribly everyone's gonna die.Because I'm p [...]

    24. This is the best so far in this series, and I really like the direction the story is taking. The gratuitous and senseless violence of the first couple of volumes gave place to well though and necessary instances of violence. It has a meaning, a purpose. The last part of this volume was really heartbreaking. I really think the next volume will be amazing.The artwork is really good, what I came to expect from this series. Really enjoyed it.

    25. Garthy I'm sorry to have doubted you, as formerly despicable now humbled Hughie launches into a tirade against misgendering trans people somewhere near the end of this volume. All of this, and we get a nice little WWII flashback adventure (gotta work those in somehow) featuring notCaptain America crushed by a tank and the amazing line "Wi' great power comes the inevitability of acting like a right fuckin' cunt".

    26. Love all of the background in this one. It really added another dimension to the overall plot of the series. I think that Ennis shows why he is one of the best comic book writers out the right now in this volume. He can give you gore. He can give you graphic sexual pervosity. And then he comes in and hits with some really deep well thought out back story, character development and overall depth. He hits in all cylinders.

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