By Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson
This is it. “We Gotta Go now” has reached its thrilling conclusion. Did it pay off? Oh, hell yes. Building off the revelation from the last issue, this one’s full of exposition about Goldokin’s setup and how the G-Men came to be. And it is DARK. REALLY dark. Eventually the Boys come face to face with aLL the G-Men and the stage is set for an epic battle the likes of which we’ve never seen in this book. Basically, the Boys are heading into battle to die warriors’ deaths. It’s pretty powerful stuff…
But it doesn’t work out that way.
The man from Vought-American shows up with a friggin’ army and kills the lot of them. ALL the G-Men are burned alive, shot, and blown to Hell while the Boys watch in awe. Apparently, the details of Goldokin’s operation reached the right ears and they brought hell with them to clean up. When Billy comes literally face-to-face with his enemy in the aftermath, his reaction sums it up for the reader pretty well.
It’s an amazing issue to an amazing book. The only thing keeping it from a perfect score is the return of series co-creator Darrick Robertson on art duties. I really like his art and it suits this book perfectly. The problem is that he’s double dipping over at DC as part of his contract, so about 1/3 of the pages in this issue look really sloppy and rushed when compared to the others. I appreciate his continued commitment to the project, but I think he may be spreading himself a little thin, which is a damn shame. I don’t blame him at all, actually. Had DC not shitcanned the book in the first place, it would have stayed at Wildstorm and the esteemed Mr. Robertson could have finished this series with his trademark flair. Gotta put the blame where it’s due. It’s just unfortunate, is all. When’s that exclusive deal up, again?
4 out of 5 creepy-ass limo rides.