Butcher and Homelander finally face off in a last battle and someone doesn’t walk away. SPOILERS AHEAD!! Today I will be reviewing The Boys #65. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
The Boys #65
So let’s talk about the book. First a brief recap of issue #64 which was just too dull to review. The cat is out of the bag and Homelander is pissed. All of the crap the Boys had on the Seven and all the supes are released to the press. Homelander goes to Vought’s office but does not kill Vought Executive AKA James Stillwell when he fails to respond to Homelander’s threats. Instead he flies off to the White House. Meanwhile, Butcher and Hughie arrive at the White house as well. Butcher gets a sitrep and heads off to confront the Homelander just as Mother’s Milk contacts Hughie with some startling revelations. Onto this issue. Butcher confronts the Homelander, who has just killed the President, and is about to attack when he is interrupted by Black Noir. Meanwhile, MM reveals to Hughie who Black Noir really is. He is a clone of the Homelander whose sole purpose was to kill the Homelander if he ever got out of line. Butcher finds this out as well as Black Noir takes off his mask and reveals the Homelander’s face. He then tells Butcher that he committed all of those crimes in an attempt to drive the Homelander to insanity. Homelander becomes enraged and attacks Black Noir just as the air force begins raining death on all of the supes flying over the White House and attacking the Pentagon. Butcher manages to escape during the carnage and is waiting for anyone to exit the White house. What exits is a mangled and bloody Black Noir holding the Homelanders torso. Butcher and the marines unleash a hail of gunfire that drops Black Noir. Then Butcher comes to him, rips out his brain and crushes it. And that’s the book.
So let’s talk opinions. Finally, all of our questions have been answered. Over five years of story has culminated in this great issue. I was not surprised by the revelation of who Black Noir really was, mainly due to a fan suggesting it to one of my earlier reviews. I took his suggestion pretty much as fact and that made this issue’s reveal a bit less awesome. Still, I would have been completely surprised. I would have jumped out of my seat and screamed out “Holy Shit!”. Instead, I just shook my head and congratulated the fan who had already figured it all out. So I wasn’t too happy that I didn’t get to see the battle with Homelander and Black Noir. I also wasn’t happy that Butcher really didn’t get full satisfaction. He did manage to land the final blow that completed his quest for vengeance. But now that his mission is over, what will he do next? It’s obvious he has another goal and from his parting words, it won’t be pretty. My guess is the complete elimination of all remaining supes on the planet. (Not that there are too many left after the government killing spree) Also, what will Vought American do now that they have no puppet in the White House to control or an army of supes to enforce their will. There really shouldn’t be much else to discuss in this title. Since it will be ending in six issues, Garth will probably not start any new threads and just tie up any loose issues from earlier. Maybe Hughie can finally leave the Boys and settle down with Starlight. Maybe the Female and the Frenchman will do the same. No matter what happens, the real threat to the Boys is gone and I am a little sad for it. I was really hoping for a big knockout battle issue but that didn’t happen. We’ll just have to see where this series goes from here. Wherever it is, I’m positive it will have the same great consistent art that has always been a staple of this title. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|great plot progression and culmination of multiple story arcs. great art||no real battle was shown between anyone|
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