Comic Hit List: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #1

First of all, if you are not familiar with Garth Ennis (The Boys and Preacher) and Darick Robertson‘s (The Boys and Transmetropolitan) ‘The Boys‘ stop reading, go to your nearest comic book store, and pick up a few back issues before we call on some of our own boys to come over and kick in your teeth. Here’s the cliff notes version of the Dynamite Entertainment series which takes place in a modern world where superheroes in brightly colored costumes exist. Like the old saying goes,”‘absolute power corrupts absolutely” and the majority of these superheroes are corrupted by their fame and fortune as they engage in reckless and sometimes deviant behavior, which often puts the public in danger. Because of this, a special group was formed of superpowered government agents known as ‘The Boys,’ who keep an eye on and at times, take out dangerous members of the superhero community. Oh, and it’s really REALLY violent with tons of sexuality too.

Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker puts the spotlight on the Boys’ hard-assed, bastard of a leader Billy Butcher. The first issue introduces readers to Butcher’s childhood where we’re shown his abusive father who used to beat his mother as well as his relationship with his brother, who prevented young Butcher from making the biggest mistake of his life. We also see how Butcher grows up and becomes more and more violent, which gets him thrown out of school, how he was so closed to almost murdering his father, deciding to join the Royal Marines, and how he went down a path that made him the man he is today.

Ennis, as usual, is not pulling any punches at all and I say ‘good job!’.  This issue also marks the return of artist and co-creator Robertson who does not miss a beat after being MIA for about a year now. I am absolutely loving each and every page of this issue, wanting more and more as I reach the end, still hungry for another helping. Ennis’ portrayal of young Billy Butcher as a little kid full of anger and rage that will one day will become the cold blooded beast we all know and love is just fantastic. Overall Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker is just top notch with everything from the pacing to the artwork is just aces across the board.

 

Grade: A+

 

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