Jay Dubb here for Bad Boy Nerd with another review! This week one of my FAVORITE comic books ever just released as a TV show and I couldn’t be more exited 😀 😀 😀 – How does the TV show stack up to the original series? Read below for my recommendation!
30- SECOND REVIEW!
Based on a controversial comic books series, The Boys is a dark, twisted satire about the world of superheroes. In this world, ‘Supes’ can do, say, and act however they want with very little consequence – as long as the public loves them! The show is Ultra-violent, politically incorrect, and at times LOL funny – but also sharp social commentary dealing with media, corporations and government cover-ups. Yes, this is about superheroes but this is strictly for adults. Definitely NOT for kids!
Meanwhile, 10 Years ago…
I predicted this would happen! Way back in 2009 I wrote a blog called, Top Comic Books BEGGING to made into TV shows! I came up with a list that included comics books such as ‘Alias’ ( which became the Jessica Jones TV show), ‘Hero for Hire’ (Luke Cage show), and ‘Fables’ (arguably, ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ TV show!).
It also included Garth Ennis’ controversial comic book called ‘The Boys‘.
‘THE BOYS ‘ is a dark, twisted look at the superhero genre. This ain’t the Justice League or Avengers – this is The Seven! Think The Watchmen + Hancock, but with a HARD R Rating! 😛
The Seven is a team of ‘Supes’ led by the powerful Homelander – who is a cross between Superman + Captain America… minus any of their morality. These Supes might look familiar, but they are NOT the ones we grew up with lol here is a list of the characters and the real heroes they spoof…
Homelander = Superman + Captain America
Queen Maeve = Wonder Woman
Black Noir = Batman
A-Train = The Flash
The Deep = Aquaman
Translucent Man = Invisible Woman (from FF)
Starlight = Dazzler (from X-Men)
The Seven are managed by the Vought Corporation – a company who keeps Supes on a (very) loose leash, but maintains their public personas the same way someone runs a Twitter account.
Supes are pretty much allowed to do WHAT they want, WHEN they want, and to WHO they want…as long as the public continues to adore and worships them.
As these Supes ‘help’ people they also wreck massive havoc! – with Vought Corp doing damage control (led in a great role by Elizabeth Shue – remember her from ‘Adventures in Babysitting’??). Luckily, there is a team of black operatives tasked with keeping Supes in check by Any Means Necessary.
Enter: The Boys!
Led by Billy ‘The’ Butcher (Karl Urban, perfectly cast!) this ragtag team has a set of specific skills used to take down the corrupt Vought Corporation and the rogue Supes. I’ll warn you now – the original comic book is SUPER violent and INCREDIBLY offensive. I won’t even mention some of the stuff on here, But in one of the early issues a Hamster lives inside a superheroes’ butt. That is one of the TAMER incidents.
The TV series shows about 80% of the original content. I don’t think TV can allow most of the material to be shown even with this hardcore warning
YEP. It’s that kind of show.
It is absolutely NOT politically correct. It is graphically bloody. The language is vulgar. Some of the themes are downright disturbing. All that being said… I love it! 🙂
Can we talk about the brilliance of writer Garth Ennis? – How we showcased social media influence on the public BEFORE Instagram and Twitter were so powerful? His original source material was written in 2006, and yet it updated PERFECTLY to 2019. Mind you, some of Ennis’ jokes written in 2006 will not work in the current metoo Era of 2019. I own the original comic book series and I noticed the changes. That being said, the show is still pitch-perfect from the books.
it was great seeing this comic book brought to real life! Besides casting Butcher absolutely right! (THANK YOU) I was most curious to see how they pulled off Frenchie and The Female (yes that is her name) and they did them BOTH justice! The mysteriously powerful Female (Kimoko) is my favorite of The Boys! She is 5ft and 80lbs of lethal assassin! 😀
Also, shout-out goes to Seth Rogan for making this happen! He also produced my other favorite Comic book TV show ‘Preacher’ on AMC.
Amazon Primes’ ‘The Boys’ comes with my highest recommendation. It has to be seen to be believed. It is one of my FAVORITE comic book series of all time. I just love seeing the entire superhero genre shown so…perversely! 😉
I said way back in 2006 that this would make a great series. That was 13 year ago. Once again Hollywood catches up to what us geeks already knew 😉
(out of 5 stars!)
And while you’re at it! – Check out my 2019 Edition of Top Comic Books BEGGING to be TV Shows, Vol 2!