You’re my BOY, Hugh! – The Boys: Dear Becky #1 Review
The Boys: Dear Becky #1 Review
Written by Garth Ennis
Illustrated by Russ Braun
Colored by Tony Aviña
Lettered by Darick Robertson
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
This new limited series marks the next chapter in The Boys. New readers don’t technically need to have read the original series to jump right into this one. However, if you haven’t read the original, you really should, because it’s awesome. It’s got comedy, action, violence, sex, nudity, drugs, a character whose likeness is based on Simon Pegg, and has inspired a hit Amazon TV adaptation. Barring all that, Dear Becky #1‘s title page offers a quick synopsis of the original series to help everyone catch up before jumping into this comic’s first issue.
For those who just want to jump right into this new series, I’ll be kind enough to provide a little background. The Boys is set in a world where superpowers exist. Those who possess these powers tend to take advantage of their abilities and use them for their own fame and personal gain instead. A ragtag team of Supers, called The Boys, worked covertly for years to keep the rogue or out of control Supers in check. The Boys disbanded after a huge confrontation against an army of Supers. Over a decade later, Wee Hughie has retired to his hometown in Scotland. He and his girlfriend Annie are trying to put the past behind them and make a new future. Unfortunately, their plans may be derailed after Hughie receives a strange package.
Dear Becky #1 highlights Ennis’ strengths as a writer and showcases some of the things that made the original series so great. There’s the expected violence, but the real highlight is the dialogue. Which is good because the majority of this book is either two characters talking or a third character narrating over a flashback. Ennis has a knack for writing lowbrow characters having conversations about highbrow topics. The conversations in this comic pull themes from real world issues and presents them in an intriguing way. The single action sequence in the book was my favorite part of the whole story, though not solely because of the violence. The action scene contains a play on a classic superhero from our world. This nod made me chuckle and is a prime example of Ennis’ talent for injecting humor into scenes that feature dark themes and twisted events.
Long time Ennis collaborator Russ Braun returns to art duties on this limited series. Braun and Ennis have worked together for years. They have previously teamed up on “Jimmy’s Bastards” and “Battlefields.” Braun also illustrated several of the later Boys story arcs. It’s obvious while reading Dear Becky #1 the chemistry that exists between writer and artist. Most of this issue is just two characters talking, yet Braun finds ways to make it visually interesting. Braun and letterer Darick Robertson also work together really well. Nearly every panel has more than two speech bubbles, and each bubble tends to be filled with dialogue. Yet the pages never feel cluttered, the text is clear and easy to follow, and no detail is lost from the scene.
Dear Becky is a series written for fans of The Boys. As a long time fan for of the series, I’m exciting to experience some of the never before seen history of The Boys, from before the events of the original first issue. The first issue of this new series doesn’t have much plot development. This dialogue heavy set up issue might not grab readers who are completely new to The Boys. However, Issue #1 concludes with an ambiguous ending, setting up a next chapter that could go anywhere. Plus Ennis is a master at slow but entertaining builds. So for those whose attention is not grabbed after reading this issue, I encourage you to stick with it. The rest of the series is guaranteed to be both funny and thrilling.
Dear Becky #1 Review