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Review Group The Boys: Herogasm #1

Written by John Martin on Tuesday, May 26 2009 and posted in Reviews
48THRiLLS had the pick for new comics shipping May 20th and he selected The Boys: Herogasm #1 by Garth Ennis, John McCrea and Tony Avina.

The Review Group is a collection of posters who get together and review a new comic each week that we each take turns selecting. Our threads can be found in The Outhouse’s Newstand forum and is open for anyone and everyone to participate in.

The Boys has been quite the ride over the past 30 issues, but the Review Group (except for Super) saw that coming when we reviewed the series first issue way back when.  How will the series' sexed up spin-off series fare?  Let's find out...

Review by House of J

I enjoyed it. It was pretty funny. This was my first introduction to these characters, although I get the gist of the Supes, The Boys are still pretty much a mystery to me by the end of issue 1 but I am intrigued as they must be the real focus. Boobies!

Review by guitarsmashley

This issue was pretty ok. It felt a lot like the first issue of the Boys. Good but not great. Robertson is one of my favorite artists so anytime he's not there I consider it a step back. The sex romp fun time super happy hour is Garth over the top but with out enough substance.


Which I believe is my score on Boys #1

Review by doombug

The boys are on stake out as the heroes reveal just where they go during crossovers. Honestly I know they use a lot of sex in the book but can't there be just a good hero or two other then our big Russian friend who don't take place in this stuff?

Really loved the few pages we got with the Boys though. My only major complaint is....why is this a mini and not part of the main book?


Review by 48THRiLLS

I am a bit conflicted with this book. I did enjoy the hell out of it and laughed my ass of a few times but I was kind of hoping that it would stay away from the Boys and be nothing but a mini of debauchery and mayhem. I felt as if this could have just been another issue of The Boys it started strong but towards the end it felt like I was reading The Boys with a guest artist. Still an average Ennis book is still better than most things out there, the art was pretty solid and there were definitely some laugh out loud moments.

ART - 8

Review by Punchy

Story - This is the third book we've reviewed in The Boys franchise, we reviewed #1 way back when, and also #19, and I found it interesting to see what my thoughts were then, and how they are now, back when we reviewed #1 I said I wasn't a Garth Ennis fan at all, that has now changed, thanks to this book and Preacher, in fact, a lot has changed, we are now about halfway through the planned run of Ennis and Robertson's satirical opus, and it's time for a spin-off mini, focusing on the so-called Heroes. Preacher had several successful spin-offs, most notably the Saint Of Killers mini, and I have high hopes for the first such series for The Boys, are my expectations met? Pretty much.

By now, you should be comfortable with the world of The Boys, it's a world with superheroes, but they are all massive twats, and under the control of a mysterious multi-national conglomerate, Vought-American. It's up to our heroes, The Boys to yadda, yadda, yadda. This mini changes it up a little by focusing on the capes rather than The Boys, and we see what they get up to during a 'Crossover', basically, they tell the public they are off to fight some huge world-threatening evil, but instead they go to a private island and fuck themselves silly, it's a funny idea, and one that fits in with what we've seen before in the main series, some of what they get up to is amongst the sickest and funniest stuff I've read in a comic for a while, lines like 'Dude you smell like Pussy!' and 'Come on my hump!' will live in my filthy little memory for a while!

Herogasm is operating on a couple of levels, it's more than just superhero sex, there is also some nice little digs at the Big Two's comics and characters, the names of previous 'Herogasm’s such as 'The Civil Dispute' and 'Downcount' are sure to make someone who follows Marvel and DC smile, I also particularly liked the use of Zatanna-esque backwards speech, 'kcus ym kcoc', and that was even used for a Preacher nod too (Odin Quincannon anyone?). Some of the best examples of superhero parody I've seen, and pretty subtle for an orgy. Along with the sex and the parody, Herogasm has another thing going on! Another layer! It's like a filthy jizz-covered onion, and that third layer is a little something we like to call plot progression, and it's all over the place here. First of all the mysterious Vought dude, throughout the series he's been there, being nondescript and creepy, until the end of the G-Men arc (LOVED how Homelander linked their deaths in with the fake crossover) where we saw some of what he's about, and that continues here, we learn more about him, and about Vought's pet Vice President (and probable retard, Vic The Veep), this is, I think one of the book's main threads, and I'm glad to see it continue. We also have more of perhaps the book's out an out villain, Superman analogue, The Homelander, the scene with him and the Captain America analogue, post-coitus was very interesting, and hints as to what the fuck his deal is, 'I could do anything', coming from him, is chilling indeed. And then there's the relationship between Starlight, perhaps the only superhero who is a decent person, and Wee Hughie of the boys, their phone conversation was very nice and sweet, and still integral to the book, their relatively normal relationship is what grounds the book for me, without something like this, all the crazy goings on don't mean much, and of course, the tension of neither of them knowing what the other does gets even stronger here, and there was a nice little transition where we see that Hughie and the rest of The Boys have found their way onto the Island, and are planning on taking out Vic The Veep. This ending surprised me, I thought this was going to be a story just about the capes, and not about The Boys, so them being involved only heightens the tension for what might happen, and assassinating the Vice President? That's a pretty neat hook to end #1 on.

Overall, Herogasm #1 is a very enjoyable book, the sex and language may be a little over the top, but that's par for the course for Ennis, if you look beyond 'Oh Jesus use your stretching powers!' this is a comic with a healthy does of intrigue, great characterization, and clever parody, if you read The Boys, it's not to be missed, and if you don't read The Boys. What are you doing reading this review? Go and get the trades now! NOW!

Art - I'm not really familiar with John McCrea, but what I saw here was competent, if not as good as what I'm used to with Darick Robertson's excellent work on the main series, he handled the sex scenes well, but it just wasn't as polished as Robertson, good, but not that good.

Best Line - 'Let's fuck!'


Review by starlord

The more Garth Ennis I read, the more I enjoy. He's got such a warped and wonderful perspective on the world of comics that I can't help but look forward to anything he writes. I just finished the third trade of The Boys (one of my favorites at the moment), so I was excited about reading this new book by him.

And I wasn't disappointed at all! This world that he has created absolutely fascinates the hell out of me! I'm always equally repulsed and laughing at the same time. If he continues the way he's going with this new series, he's going to have another hit on his hand... and deservedly so.

Yet, the artwork on this is even more wonderful than the writing. The coloring and inks are practically perfect (for my taste at least). I love an art team that can capture real emotion in the faces without exaggerating them, and this team does that in spades!

Of course I'll wait for the trades on this, but I'll be waiting anxiously! Great pick!

Story: 8
Art: 10
My Score: 9.25

Review by young neil

Just over a month ago I switched back to getting the Boys monthly, in doing so I picked up all the singles that I’d missed whilst trade waiting and read through the entire series again, and loved every minute of it. Sometimes I don’t get the Ennis love that a lot of people have, but ‘the Boys’ is not one of those cases. Herogasm #1 is the first issue of a mini-series that is attached to the main title. In this issue we see what ‘really’ happens during cross-overs and big events.

This was a great read, lots of sex, profanities and all around good times. If you haven’t read this title before you, you don’t know what you’re missing. The one thing that I really dig about this title is the parodies of existing DC and Marvel characters, and this issue was full of not just those but references to various “cross-overs”.

Darick Robertson is sorely missed on art, not that John McCrea did a bad job, I just always enjoy reading Simon Pegg as Hughie. I always enjoy seeing another interpretation of someone’s characters and John McCrea did an outstanding job.

My one gripe with this issue was that it didn’t feel different to the main book in any way, and am a little confused why this was a mini rather than just fleshing out an arc in the main title and making it longer. Overall this wasn’t as strong as the main title, but was still a great over-the-top read.

Overall - 7

Review by Chubbles

I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. If nothing more than for it just being a pretty mindless and yet very funny read. The sex orgies by the pool were very funny and that one guy asking the other guy if what they did makes them gay was awesome. I've read a lot of Ennis' stuff before so I'm used to a lot of the shock stuff he throws into his books but this was good fun nonetheless.

Short review but not much else to be said really.

Story 7
Art 7
Overall 7


Review by ThrillHouse

When this was announced as our pick, I was less than excited. I really didn't care for "The Boys" and I figured as such, I wouldn't like the spin off.

Turns out I was right.

Don't get me wrong, I love a good majority of Garth's work. Namely Preacher and his Punisher work. But something about his Boys work has always seemed a little...weak. The series always appeared that it was trying to hard to be "shocking". At any rate it always left a bad taste in my mouth (pun very much intended).

Herogasm is much of the same. Superhero's gone wild and it doesn't do much for me at all. The art is very well done and the highpoint of the issue.

3.5 out of 10


Review by thefourthman

Story 5
Art 6
total 5.5


Review by amlah6

I've for the most part really enjoyed The Boys, but this book has me a bit perplexed. I could not be more sick of event books and unnecessary tie-in bullshit so the jokes about that kind of stuff here I really enjoyed, but...

What is Herogasm if not an unnecessary event book? There was nothing here that couldn't/shouldn't have been in the main series. It very directly picks up right where #30 left off.

Maybe down the road it will become clearer why this isn't in the main series, but right now it just looks like an excuse to double-ship the book for a while. That being said, the crass humor was lutz. The Homelander/patriot guy scene... Laughing

If John McCrea didn't work almost exclusively with Garth Ennis, I doubt I would read a lot of his comics. Normally I like artists who have their own very stylized approach, but McCrea just doesn't appeal to me. His storytelling is solid though so other than the out of control nips the art was okay in this.

Story: 7.5
Art: 5
Overall: 6.75


That gives The Boys: Herogasm #1 a score of 7.09.  Let's fuck, indeed.

For further discussion about this issue and our reviews, feel free to join us in this week's thread ( found in the Newstand forum where you are also invited to join the group by posting your own review.

Starlord has the pick for May 28th and he has selected The Last Days of Animal Man #1 from DC Comics.  Look for the new thread after it becomes available Wednesday morning to join in on the fun.

The Last Days of Animal Man #1

Written by Gerry Conway
Art by Chris Batista and Dave Meikis
Cover by Brian Bolland

Is Buddy Baker losing it all? Everyman hero Buddy Baker has fought hard for our world, and for his family. But by the year 2024, the Earth has seen better days: The heroes are growing tired, the villains have grown nastier and Buddy's own hometown of San Diego has struggled for years to recover from a cataclysmic typhoon. His children have grown and his marriage has gotten colder… and now, as San Diego faces the most vicious Super-Villain it's seen in years, his powers are starting to fail him! Without his powers, without his family – who is Buddy Baker? Can he still be a husband? Can he still be a father? Can he still be Animal Man? And more importantly, can he even survive the bloodthirsty plan his arch-rival's progeny has in store for him?

Comics legend Gerry Conway (TV's Law and Order) makes his return to DC with this can't-miss miniseries

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US



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