Graphic Novel Review: The Boys, Volume 4: We Gotta Go Now

by Garth Ennis, Darrick Robertson
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 1st, 2008

Volume 1: The Name of the Game Review / Volume 2: Get Some Review / Volume 3: Good for the Soul Review

In The Boys, Volume 4: We Gotta Go Now, the story deepens and widens, and we learn about a new set of superhero groups. Silver Kincaid, a founding member of ‘G-Men’, commits suicide in a very public, dramatic fashion. And Butcher sends Hughie in to infiltrate the ‘G’ group living in a frat house. John Godolkin takes great pride in his groups, adopting orphans and raising them to protect each other – at all costs. But living with them, Hughie realises superheroes aren’t all arseholes eagerly awaiting a chance to abuse their powers.

As with previous volumes, there are moments here that are truly gross, moments that having you laughing out loud, and truly uncomfortable scenes. It also goes deeper into the darkness behind the superheroes, especially with those who control them, as dirty secrets are uncovered at the G-Mansion.

Of course, The Seven aren’t completely absent, and it’s clear Butcher’s left a lasting impression, one he may very well pay for, eventually.

There’s nothing too surprising here for anyone who’s read the previous instalments. The tone and themes remain the same, but Hughie learns more, witnesses some brutal acts, and learns some lessons. As with other volumes, it looks to shock, but mainly as a way of showing how the supes operate. And if you’re a fan of previous volumes, there’s no reason you won’t be a fan of this one, too.

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