The Boys, Volume 11: Over the Hills with the Swords of a Thousand Men

The Boys Volume Over the Hills with the Swords of a Thousand Men It s been a long time coming but Billy Butcher s revenge on his wife s killer is about to be realized if he can only get his hands on the bastard The Boys prepare for one last terrible battle as the

  • Title: The Boys, Volume 11: Over the Hills with the Swords of a Thousand Men
  • Author: Garth Ennis Russ Braun John McCrea
  • ISBN: 9781606903414
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s been a long time coming, but Billy Butcher s revenge on his wife s killer is about to be realized if he can only get his hands on the bastard The Boys prepare for one last terrible battle, as the Homelander finally bites the bullet and sets an army of superheroes against the forces of the United States military Battle rages at the White House, Frenchie and the FemIt s been a long time coming, but Billy Butcher s revenge on his wife s killer is about to be realized if he can only get his hands on the bastard The Boys prepare for one last terrible battle, as the Homelander finally bites the bullet and sets an army of superheroes against the forces of the United States military Battle rages at the White House, Frenchie and the Female are unleashed, and Hughie faces his own terrors while MM, patient to the last, races against time to uncover the greatest and most dreadful secret of Vought American s superhero program Butcher steps willingly into the jaws of death, alone and unafraid but what he finds waiting for him is beyond even his darkest dreams The Boys, Vol 11 Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men collects issues 60 65 of the hit series The Boys by Garth Ennis, Russ Braun, John McCrea, Keith Burns and Darick Robertson, and features all of the covers by Darick Robertson

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    1. Another thing that was handled well in the series was the slow build of tension. That's not easy to handle over a long series, and I've seen it go wrong quite frequently. By this book in the series, shit's getting real. The elements of funny parody have faded to the background, and you know that everything's on the verge of going terribly wrong That's skillful storytelling at its best (Continued in Volume 12.)

    2. A lot of s%#@ hits a very big fan. This is the epic confrontation that this series has been building up to. Casualties are inevitable. There's really not a lot of non-spoiler material to discuss. Been waiting to see Butcher confront the Homelander? It happens. Homelander's plan? Revealed. With all that happens in this volume, you have to wonder just what's in volume 12? 150 pages of pinups and alternate covers? Because things appear to be over. But are they ?

    3. I burned through this book in one frantic, heart-pounding read. After the slow burn and insightful stage-setting of the last few books, where we really get to know our characters, this one drops them straight in a forest fire and doesn't let up until everyone has ash on them.Fantastic and still surprising climax to this series. I didn't see some of it coming, and I'd forgotten some of the details this brings back to light - but it didn't matter. This was the kind of gold of book 1 or of Herogasm [...]

    4. I called the Homelander twist, but it's such a satisfying conclusion to the super-storyline that it don't matter too much. Oh boy, this series is one I'm going to have to start defending with a bunch of caveats, isn't it? I wish Ennis' puerile humor wasn't matched by his skill with a poetic turn of phrase and dramatic know-how. "I'm like English." one of my favorite comic book moments of all time??? MEBBE

    5. While the last couple volumes of The Boys has felt like Garth Ennis dragging his heels, suddenly with Volume 11 he decides to get everything over and done with in one big dump. It feels like dumping because there’s no finesse to it, it just feels like Ennis throwing everything at the reader saying “There, it’s done, happy now?”. The increasingly crazy Homelander finally snaps and all pretence that the Supes are good guys is gone thanks to The Boys uploading everything they have on them o [...]

    6. While the last couple volumes of The Boys has felt like Garth Ennis dragging his heels, suddenly with Volume 11 he decides to get everything over and done with in one big dump. It feels like dumping because there’s no finesse to it, it just feels like Ennis throwing everything at the reader saying “There, it’s done, happy now?”. The increasingly crazy Homelander finally snaps and all pretence that the Supes are good guys is gone thanks to The Boys uploading everything they have on them o [...]

    7. Ennis suddenly brings all the threads together of his tale in a Grand Guignol, plots uncovered, irrevocable actions taken, Rubicons crossed, strange allies made and, of course, lots and lots and lots of blood, complete with assorted organs and body parts.Through it all, we see a lot of the characters of the Boys (as well as some key moments for the supporting cast, including the antagonists). And it certainly seems that all sorts of threads that Ellis has been spinning out over the previous 60 [...]

    8. It has all been building up to this point, and wow does it deliver. Everything I was hoping for / dreading as well as a holy-cow-I-never-expected-that shocker.This series has the earmarks of literature. It's not like the ongoing superhero titles that never end; this arc was quite clearly the climax of the story, and now we just have some odd ends to tie up that should be quite interesting.Same warnings and stuff, but if you can stomach the series' gore and sexuality you will get your payoff here [...]

    9. This volume is a bit of a ruse, for this is not the last battle and we find out the target was not even the real target. In fact we almost pity the real target because he has no core being, no core self. All in all the feeling is one that is not satisfying, but then again revenge rarely is. It is a hollow exercise without end. That is the wisdom stuck between the pages of gory violence.

    10. Ok, I loved The Boys, but the ending was a little light. However, as far as stories go, this was one of the better comic runs. Definitely up there with Preacher, not quite as good as Transmet.

    11. This book is the morally ambiguous but generally happy ending we would get if this were a normal series and not one that successfully subverts the entire genre.It's beautiful how all threads come together to tie up what we believe to be the main plot- the conflict between the Boys and The 7. It's very difficult to reread this book without dwelling on the full and obvious foreshadowing of the last page, where we see Butcher contemplate something that makes even himself weep, though he's the harde [...]

    12. My goodnessquite the finale. Bringing everything to a head, the end.but not quite, on to the final chapter

    13. Now I'm feeling hopeful but worried. After the substantial character exploration in "Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker," the penultimate volume of this saga again relies on the less substantial aspects of this series."The Boys" is a clever mix of concepts. Extremely satirical, politically incorrect, male and outrageous, it still manages to be all of these things with an astounding amount of self irony and indirect commentary. It also works as a sharp political allegory and a contemplative charact [...]

    14. While I thoroughly enjoyed the ride, I am going to refer once again to the thoughts of Sam Quixote because he's right - there are problems with this volume, most of which are more than familiar by this stage in the series. But on the whole it is satisfying (and satisfyingly nasty), creating one of those wonderful endings where you can't see it coming, but then when it does, so much makes sense (insofar as it needs to). I would very much like the series to end right here, after this volume, for v [...]

    15. The Boys continues to be pretty brilliant, as everything comes to a head after all this lead up.I'll say two things:1) This was so good that I really needed to just power through it as quickly as possible.2) When I was done, at nearly midnight on a Sunday evening, I had to talk myself out of just picking up the final trade and finishing everything off for good.Considering how much I wavered to get into this to start, I'm stunned at how much I've gotten hooked toward the end.

    16. I was very much looking forward to this volume of the Boys as the penultimate volume in which various issues would be resolved (and, as appropriate, smashed to pieces). They were, but I was still left feeling a bit unsatisfied.Some of the scenes were really good, but some felt a little hurried and there was even a new thread started which was then immediately sidelined.In all, I have to give this 3 stars when I was very much looking forward to giving it 4.

    17. A good climax to the story's major arc — other than the fact that the last issue has way too much telling rather than showing, dropping in an exposition dump rather than providing a more dramatic solution for some of the comic's main mysteries. Despite that, this volume has everything that's made the Boys good: action, adventure, brutality, inappropriateness, and emotions. It also manages to avoid most of what made The Boys bad.

    18. Garth Ennis skips right past 11 and cranks it up to 20. It's full-on war, and that means there's blood on damn near every page, and the final twist at the end of the arc is only beat out by the over-the-top, double-triple gorey finale of the last few pages.If you've gotten queasy on the art before, you're gonna want to brace yourself now. It's a rough and tumble arc that delivers in all the best ways.

    19. Things are coming to a boil as everybody's agenda is forced to put into motion by a child and his pet wolverine. Vought American, the Seven, the C.I.A. and the Boys are heading towards an open confrontation and Butcher will finally get revenge on his wife's killer. But what about Hughie and Annie? Pretty solid story, though seeing the Boys confront the Seven when there's still a volume to go on the series was a suprise. What could the next one be about?

    20. The final battle between homelander and butcher was anti-climactic. I also feel, as Annie does, that hughie has whined quite enough. With the boys and voight combining forces I'm left wondering who the good guys are. I still love frenchie, the woman and Annie though. I hope the last book lives up to the humor and campy but sincere heroism of the first volumes in the series.

    21. Justwow. I thought I was prepared for any possible ending to the series, but Ennis still managed to shock me. (Shock me story-wise, I meanough if you're looking for Ennis' trademark shock-out plot-pointsfear not, that's in there too.)It ends with a hell of a cliffhanger (while there is a lot of wrap-up here, there's still one more volume to go).

    22. Finally it is beginning to feel that this series is finally getting back on track. Awesome illustrations, nudity, and loads of violence. Probably the most bloody episode in the series. The story has become really interesting with the black noir finally being unveiled. Looking forward to the last one and I can finally put this series down and move on to something else.

    23. Holy CRAP. 4/5ths of the way through the book I was convinced the Homelander was the most vile villain ever constructed, yet I was so pleased to see his master plan come to fruition. Then, Ennis expertly puts everything on it's head and you are suddenly very very wrong. Read at least the two volumes previous to this, if you're new to the series.

    24. This one just annoyed me.1) Major plot shift because of a rabid flying wolverine? That's reaching even for Ennis (yes, I got the joke. It was delivered with his usual subtlety).2) Homelander is many things, but stupid isn't on the list. He really had no idea? I call bullshit.But it all ties up nicely, right? WAIT! There's more.

    25. Ok. let's back the narrative truck up. there has to be something i missed along the way because that just happen? the epic war wages on in this volume and it's as glorious and violent as you might expect it to be.

    26. I love Garth Ennis, thanks to a young man named Paul Shiple. This is the penultimate chapter of this series and the best of the bunch. If you enjoy your graphic novels on the grittier side with some great dark humor, this is the series for you.

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