The Boys 22 (August 2008)

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I’m not sure I get the point of Annie having to fend off a rape attempt from one of her teammates. Sure, it makes her closer to Hughie–and the Wonder Woman chick–but Ennis cliffhangs with Butcher finding video of her first assault. It feels more like he’s trying to fill pages, especially since there’s very little with the history lesson.

Hughie’s still with the Legend, still hearing the stories, but they’re not interesting stories. The Legend’s final comment is the biggest surprise in the issue, but it’s still just Ennis going for a cheap surprise.

Speaking of cheap, Matt Jacobs’s inks on Robertson are terrible. The first page looks Todd McFarlane, but it gets even worse. There are a few pages where characters don’t even look the same between panels. Robertson was clearly rushed and Jacobs really couldn’t handle the job.

The issue’s okay enough, but definitely lacking.

CREDITS

I Tell You No Lie, G.I., Conclusion; writer, Garth Ennis; penciller, Darick Robertson; inker, Matt Jacobs; colorist, Tony Avina; letterer, Simon Bowland; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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