The GeeksverseThe Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #1

The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #1
Published on Friday, July 22, 2011 by

Written by: Garth Ennis
Penciled by: Darick Robertson
Colored by: Tony Avina
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Cover Art: Darick Robertson
Editor: Joseph Rybandt

Garth Ennis continues his string of The Boys origin mini-series, this time focusing on the leader of the team, Billy Butcher. Fans of The Boys have been wondering just what made Butcher into the right bastard he is today and this mini-series starts to unravel the mysteries. It opens with Butcher attending the wake of his father, or what will be the wake but he has some private moments of his own at first.

And we learn that Butcher’s father was a right bastard. Which shouldn’t be a surprise considering how Butcher himself turned out. We also learn abit about what was able to turn Butcher’s rage into something more productive, The Royal Marines.

As a flashback tale the story works. We haven’t gotten too far into Butcher’s history, but we learn about his childhood and how his father shaped his life. It’s not pleasant but it does fit nicely into the world of The Boys. There’s a sense of reality to the history, but with just enough of The Boys craziness, to fit in with the rest of the mythos.

The script is light, moving quickly with Butcher providing the narrative, giving a hindsight view of the past.

The story isn’t enough to attract casual or new readers. But then this isn’t aimed at them, this is aimed at The Boys fans, giving them a look into the past of one of their favorite characters.

It’s nice to see Darick Robertson drawing The Boys again, even if it is just this mini-series. Only he can pull off Butcher’s evil grin so well.

The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #1 receives
4 out of 5

A solid start to the look into the past of Butcher but will only appeal to fans of The Boys.

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