The Boys #39
The early solicits for this series did not interest me, I was introduced to the book somewhere around what would become the 4th trade arc, and eagerly bought up the early floppies or trades. Some infatuations are brief, alas, somewhere during the run published concurrently with Herogasm I lost interest almost as quickly as the book grew on me initially. I realized I didn't like any of the characters, not the so-called Supes, nor the Vought crew of course, not even Butcher's crew themselves. I didn't (and still don't) really understand their long-range goals or why they're much better than their more colorfully-garbed adversaries. I don't even really like Hughie or his lady-love Annie, or Starpussy or whatever her name is.
So it was easy to drop and I didn't miss it much. I skimmed through the Mother's Milk origin story and just read the solicits for the last few issues. There haven't been any threads about this book for a while, and I didn't care enough to start one asking for spoilers either. A lot of other posters claimed they were beginning to lose interest in The Boys too last time I started a thread about it. Maybe the group of origin stories around the individual crew members changed their minds, maybe not. But for the review group dealy I picked up this issue to see where things stand.
My reaction is mixed. This isn't so far removed from the stuff in Herogasm, between Mother's Milk nursing on a prostitute's teat (ew) and Hughie and his girlfriend exploring The Cock-ring Warehouse. I guess this is supposed to show Annie is losing her innocence or something and becoming more wicked. Hughie can't enjoy watching a good dp, so they go out to eat some meat instead.
The Vought stuff is as boring and confusing as ever, I can't tell those guys apart--but now there's a new female one banging her head against the Glass Ceiling. I guess I'm just a limited boy. Frenchie says some stupid shit about The Female (the one in The Boys), and detached from any real in-story logic, Butcher finally twigs to Hughie and Annie's relationship.
Not great, not terrible, but still off my pull-list for now. Give me the simple carnality of The Pro over this. BUT, +1 review point for Frenchie's love of the old 2000AD books--although eBay doesn't deserve the free plug unless it's one of those butt-plugs Hughie and Annie were looking at.