The Bloody Doors Off
So, to start off, I am at a point where I am doing a bit of change up. If you hadn’t noticed, I didn’t post this on Sunday like I have been doing for a while now. Basically, I have been thinking about it for a long time. I have felt that the two days I’ve been sharing on seem a bit too close together. And of course, they have floated around a bit in the process too. But working on getting some of all that back in control.
As I sit here now, I am thinking that the expected posting days will now be Mondays and Thursdays. I have been at that point in the past I think so it isn’t that out of the ordinary. And it’s still subject to change. The main thing is, as I adjust to work outside of writing and this space, things don’t always go as smooth as I would like them too. Now enough of that blather, on to other oddities…
This will be the last time I talk about the series The Boys. Not because I am tired of talking about them, but more to the point, I finished the last volume of the series. The Bloody Doors Off (Dynamite 2012) covers issues 66-72 and ties the series up. I dare say I am a little saddened with this ending. It’s that good a series. I hate to walk away from it after all this time. But that’s life right, nothing we can do about any of that.
So how do I go about this? What can I pull from this that will cap the experience I have had through this run of stories? I’ve talked about Wee Hughie before and his place within the series. At least in part, I have. I mean to say he was the normal that the rest of the crazy was measured against. There were times within the stories where he slipped over the edge, but he always came back to question his place within the world and how the madness around him affect him. But through it all there was something a bit more than just that.
Which brings us to the final hurdle toward the end of the series. See, Hughie’s counterpoint is Butcher, the leader of the Boys. Toward the end of the series, we see a bit of Butcher’s life fleshed out. We are shown what he lost and what pushed him to pursue the life of keeping the supers in check. And when he is given the chance to exact his revenge and balance the scales we see where he tips over the edge.
It’s in these final moments that we find out Hughie wasn’t there to learn from Butcher. Instead Butcher brought him in because Hughie would need to be the one to stop him from the evil he is capable of. There is quite a bit of buildup to all of this throughout the series. Of course, as a reader you don’t really see it till it’s all behind you. It makes it all the better as you see how everything has been guided up to now.
And the funny thing with it is, there is also the bit of reality that comes in to play. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The power players of the world continue on their normal course as their older pieces crumble around them. And sometimes even the sane have to dip into the waves of insanity in order to make order of chaos.
And with that I realize I haven’t really said much of anything but vague and misleading platitudes. But I’m ok with that. See, the main thing from this, you really won’t know what I’m talking about with it all until you spend some time of your own lost within the pages. That really isn’t a bad place to be.
I guess, I am at a point where I am ready just to say good bye to the characters I have been hanging out with off and on over the past year or so. Their world may have super heroes who slip a bit into depravity. But we can count on the Boys to keep them in line. Or something. Or maybe I should just search out something new to read.
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