[Comic Book Review] THE BOYS: Dear Becky #1 from Dynamite

PopCultHQ received an advance review copy of THE BOYS: Dear Becky #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. Available Wednesday, June 3rd, the creative team for this issue features writing from Garth Ennis, art from Russ Braun, colors by Tony Aviña, and lettering from Simon Bowland.

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THE BOYS: Dear Becky #1

Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Russ Braun
Colorist: Tony Aviña
Letterer: Simon Bowland

In Shops: June 3, 2020

Twelve years after the events of The Boys, Hughie finds himself back home in Scotland where he intends to finally marry Annie in the company of friends and family. But the sudden appearance of a peculiar document sends our hero into a tailspin and threatens to bring the events of his nightmarish past crashing down on him in the worst possible way. There was one story about The Boys that Hughie never knew. Now, whether he likes it or not, he’s going to.

PopCultHQ’s Comic Book Review:
THE BOYS: Dear Becky #1

Writing: Garth Ennis returns to a world he helped to build (and somewhat tear down) 8 years ago. And in that return, he adds more layers to the already complex story of Hughie Campbell. There is excitement and suspense on every page of this first issue, a literal page-turner. Ennis’s unique and fantastic storytelling style richly sets the stage for this explosive return of The Boys.

Art: Russ Braun is a master craftsman when it comes to comic book art. His layouts are some of the best and the attention to detail does not go unnoticed. Whether it is the scruff on a character’s chin, or the lines of an article of clothing, Russ makes sure it is all there. And having him come back to this crazy and thoroughly messed up world with Garth is a fantastic thing.

Colors: Tony is a first class colorist, no question about it – working on books such as Final Crisis, Happy!, Batman ’66, and of course, The Boys. Tony returns to masterpiece alongside Garth and Russ in full force. Whether it’s skin tone, clothing, or physical objects like books, blades, and beds, Tony is a king of color choices.

Letters: Simon Bowland was there at the start of it all. As letterer on the original series, it is refreshing to have him be a part of the The Boys again. Simon has a talent for lettering characters, especially those who are speaking in an accent. It is almost as if the reader is actually there with them, in way that is downright unbelievable.

The Boys is one of the most acclaimed comics of the 21st century. Now it’s back to the world that Garth Ennis and company crafted years ago. There’s mystery, excitement, some old familiar faces. It’s true about coming home again. And now fans of Ennis can return home again to a place they know and love. So grab a bat and get ready for a fresh round of pain courtesy of The Boys.

5 out of 5 stars

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