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The Boys
Volume 8
Highland Laddie


Author: Garth Ennis
Artists: John McCrea and Keith Burns
Titan Books
RRP: £12.99, US $19.99
ISBN: 978 0 85768 145 4
Available 22 April 2011

Mind reeling from cataclysmic events in New York, Wee Hughie heads home to Auchterladle - the semi-idyllic Scottish seaside town where he grew up. All Hughie wants is some time to himself, to return to the bosom of his family and friends, and get his head together after two years of unimaginable chaos. But our hero's luck has always been more cloud than silver lining, and the familiar surroundings he craves are not all they might be. Old pals are warped beyond recognition, strangers in town are up to no good, and a figure from Hughie's recent past has come back to resolve some unfinished business. You can go home again - but whether or not you should is another matter entirely...

Volume 8 of The Boys, Highland Laddie, collects issues #1 to 6 of the Highland Laddie comic book miniseries.

Not only is this a great The Boys tale, following Hughie as he returns home to get his head around where his life is heading, but it also makes for an interesting standalone story.

For anyone who has left home, be it for university or work, returning home is never an easy journey. Old friends have got on with their lives, you are reminded of all your insecurities and times when you were not in control of your own destiny, and there may even be an old flame who you'll eventually bump into (although in the case of this tale the old flame in question is not from Hughie's home town).

With art by John McCrea and Keith Burns, Garth Ennis's tale is beautifully brought to life.


Nick Smithson

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