Friday, 12 October 2012

Wee Hughie's Secret Power Revealed

In amongst the stunning, funny, heart-breaking revelations contained in the penultimate issue of The Boys last week, there was something that caught my eye and didn't seem right. It took me a while to figure it out but once I saw it, right there on the front page, I couldn't un-see it.

For the pair of you not reading The Boys, #70 ended with Butcher and Wee Hughie falling from the top of the Empire State Building. #71 starts with the result of that fall like so:

As you can see, poor old Hughie's been impaled on the curved spikes of the perimeter fence that, presumably, act as a deterrent to those wishing to fling themselves off the landmark building.

Question: what's wrong with that picture?

Answer: the spikes point downward.

To have impaled himself upon them, Hughie must have approached them from below but he fell from above. Despite the existence of super-powers, there's nothing in the world of the Boys that says physics work differently in this sort of circumstance so, once more channelling the artistic powers of a six year old, I submit that Hughie must have fallen from the top, hit the floor . . .

. . . bounced off it . . .

. . . before ending up like so:

This, of course, reveals the truth that Hughie's been hiding all these years and gives an indication of just why Paul Levitz was so determined DC not publish the book:

Wee Hughie is Bouncing Boy. It's the only answer that makes sense, I tell you.

(Bouncing Boy art from SpawnofSprang)


  1. Interesting! I've never read The Boys, heard it was a bit rapey.

    1. "a bit rapey"?! Violent as hell and bloody as all get out but I'd never use that phrase. It's all collected, Martin, so do yourself a favour and pick up the first collection and give it a go.


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