Title: The Boys: Dear Becky #1
Words: Garth Ennis
Art: Russ Braun
Colors: Tony Aviña
Published: June 3, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “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.”
The reintroduction to the word of The Boys starts with a long meandering conversation about wokeness, the state of the world with and without the Supes, and more than a little implication that none of it really matters, that most people are worthless regardless. Nevertheless, the dark and pessimistic snapshot is a compelling take and a fascinating start to a brutal and disturbing story. This is a world where there are no real heroes, probably never was, and The Boys: Dear Becky asks all of the difficult questions and promises to answer none of them, or at least without any hopeful solution.
As usual, Garth Ennis digs deep into the contemptible pit of the human condition and pulls out the carcasses of the things that must be done for the good of all props them up for all to see. What is revealed this time shakes Hughie to his core. He finds that things with Billie weren’t as bad as he thought, rather, they were worse, and he now has the documentation to prove it. How it came to his possession and why is another story entirely.
The Bottom Line
The Boys: Dear Becky revisits Hughie’s darkest moments and makes them worse in another round of “how bad can it get?”