The Boys 45 (August 2010)

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Actually, it wasn’t a soft cliffhanger last issue; Ennis takes the reader through Annie telling Hughie about her superhero life and Ennis and Braun show Hughie’s thought process in glorious detail.

There’s a little humor with Frenchie and the Female as they infiltrate the superhero religion convention. Not a lot, but enough–with visual gags–to get through all the boring plotting Homelander does the rest of the issue. He’s got some master plan, which Ennis is way too obscure about in the dialogue; I’ve got no idea what to expect.

Otherwise the issue is mostly just Hughie freaking out and Butcher finally having a little talk with him. Not even one where he says anything, because Ennis is keeping the deep conversation for later (if ever).

It’s okay enough, but after racing into this issue’s situations, Ennis is slowing down. He’s laying out new subplots while delaying others’ resolutions.

CREDITS

Believe, Part Two; writer, Garth Ennis; artist, Russ Braun; colorist, Tony Aviña; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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