The Boys is an American comic book series, written by Garth Ennis and co-created, designed and illustrated by Darick Robertson. It was originally published by Wildstorm before moving to Dynamite Entertainment.
The Boys (Amazon 2019 TV Series)
The comic book was adapted into an Amazon Studios television series of the same name, which premiered on July 26, 2019. The Boys is an American superhero black comedy web television series based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. The series was developed by Eric Kripke. It premiered on July 26, 2019. In early July 2019, Amazon renewed the series for a second season ahead of the series premiere.
The series is set between 2006–2008 in a world where superheroes exist. However, most of the superheroes in the series' universe are corrupted by their celebrity status and often engage in reckless behavior, compromising the safety of the world. The story follows a small clandestine CIA squad, informally known as "The Boys", led by Butcher and also consisting of Mother's Milk, the Frenchman, the Female, and new addition "Wee" Hughie Campbell, who are charged with monitoring the superhero community, often leading to gruesome confrontations and dreadful results; in parallel, a key subplot follows Annie "Starlight" January, a young and naive superhero who joins the Seven, the most prestigious – and corrupted – superhero group in the world and The Boys' most powerful enemies.
- Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, the leader of The Boys.
- Jack Quaid as "Wee" Hughie Campbell, a man who joins The Boys after his girlfriend Robin was accidentally killed by A-Train.
- Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, A member of The Boys.
- Tomer Kapon as Frenchie, a French member of The Boys.
- Karen Fukuhara as Kimiko / The Female of the Species, a brutal and mute member of The Boys.
- Antony Starr as Homelander, the patriotic leader of The Seven.
- Erin Moriarty as Annie January / Starlight, a light-emitting superhero and newest member of The Seven. Annie honestly wants to help people and tries to maintain herself amidst her hypocritical coworkers.
- Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve, a long-time member of The Seven now suffering from burnout.
- Jessie Usher as A-Train, a speedster member of The Seven.
- Chace Crawford as The Deep, the self-proclaimed King of the Sea and member of the Seven.
- Nathan Mitchell as Black Noir, a superhero in a full black superhero outfit and member of The Seven.
- Alex Hassell as Translucent, a member of the Seven who can turn himself invisible.
- Elisabeth Shue as Madelyn Stillwell, the Vice President of Vought International.
- Jennifer Esposito as Susan Raynor, the deputy director of the CIA
- Simon Pegg as Hughie's father
The Boys (Dynamite Comics)
In March, 2017 Dynamite Entertainment released Anthony Del Col’s reboot of classic characters Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys with Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie. Del Col has been a lifelong fan of the characters and was successful in working with Simon & Schuster to secure the comic book rights and then pitch to publishers. Inspired by Archie Comics’ Afterlife with Archie, Del Col is quoted as saying, “So, then I started to think, 'Huh, I wonder what other characters are out there that are well-known that could be rebooted like that,'" Del Col said.
"The Boys" Season 1 (2019 TV Series)
The Boys takes place in "a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame" and "revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as 'The Boys,' who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty." The series premiered on July 26, 2019.
The Boys Episode 1: "The Name of the Game"
Hughie Campbell witnesses his girlfriend Robin killed from high velocity impact by celebrity superhero A-Train, racing to deliver a package. A-Train's lawyers offer $45,000 for Hughie's silence, and he suffers panic attacks. Des Moines native Annie January auditions as "Starlight" and is accepted to join the Seven, following the retirement of "The Lamplighter". Upon visiting Seven headquarters, she is greeted by her favorite hero "The Deep", but he coerces a favor if she wants to keep her job. Hughie is approached by Billy Butcher for a chance to expose superhero corruption, taken to a secret "supes club" where Hughie hears A-Train laugh about Robin's death. Butcher, having found no evidence of A-Train's heroics that day, ponders his motives and recruits Hughie to plant a bug at Seven Tower. In Central Park, Annie meets Hughie, and after a friendly talk, motivate the other to stand up and finish what they started. Hughie manages to plant the bug, but Seven member "Translucent" discovers the plot and destroys the bug. He later confronts Hughie alone at work, but Butcher arrives in time to rescue him, and they knock Translucent unconscious. Elsewhere, Homelander shoots down the plane of Baltimore's Mayor, for knowing something incriminating.
Butcher and Hughie take Translucent to Frenchie, who makes a meta-bullet, but it only ricochets and tears the concealment of the room. Butcher turns to CIA Dept. Director Susan Reynor for the "Mallory" Files, but she refuses. Stillwell tells Homelander about the evidence Deep found incriminating him for the plane crash, so she handles the evidence whilst he talks with Deep. The night Starlight teams-up with The Deep, she promises to kill him next time he tries again. At a charity, Stillwell uses Doppelgänger to blackmail Oklahoma Senator Calhoun about supers in armed conflict. Annie stops a rape unaware she was being recorded, which Ashley rages at her for the exposure and must now call Legal. While Homelander searches for Translucent, Frenchie reaches an epiphany to insert C4 up Translucent's colon, who then fearfully reveals A-Train was with D-Lister Popclaw before he killed Robin. As they learn Homelander is near, they can't risk killing Translucent, who reads their lips to deduce the situation. Frenchie and Butcher cause an explosive distraction, while Translucent talks Hughie into letting him leave. As Translucent fades away, Hughie's mercy also ends in a moment of traumatic madness and he willfully detonates the C4, killing Translucent.
#3: "Get Some"
As Frenchie, Billy clean the remains of Translucent, Hughie leaves his home. Meanwhile, Starlight, due to her publicity in a video, finds that Stillwell and Vought has designed a revealing costume for her. She initially declines, but Stillwell makes her wear it. Butcher brings Mother's Milk, his former friend, to run surveillance on A-Train's girlfriend, Popclaw. They catch A-Train taking a performance enhancing drug, known as Compound V. Billy decides to expose them, before they reach the army. On the day, of A-Train's race, Hughie meets Starlight and they exchange numbers. A-Train breaks his promise to Popclaw and publicly declares that he is single. Heartbroken, Popclaw takes Compound V and kills her landlord in a moment of sexual frenzy. Butcher sees this as an opportunity and decides to blackmail Popclaw. In Vought headquarters, Homelander reveals Translucent's remains to Stillwelland reveals Butcher's words, Coming for you.
#4: "The Female of the Species"
Following Popclaw's tip, the Boys find a Triad hideout, housing an imprisoned Japanese woman, the Female, whom Frenchie frees and kills her guards. After she runs off, Milk finds evidence the Female was a test subject. As Hughie meets Starlight while bowling, Butcher has him bug her phone. With the Compound-V supply compromised, A-Train has Popclaw pack a bag and go into hiding, while he searches for the Female. Stillwell sends Homelander and Queen Maeve to save a hijacked airliner, but Homelander casually abandons the plane when the plan fails, forcing Maeve to choose survival over innocents. Frenchie finds evidence leading to Penn Station, and makes a momentary connection there to the Female, but loses her in the crowd. They corner her on the tracks, but A-Train gets to her and tries to kill her until Frenchie attracts a crowd to distract A-Train, allowing the Female to escape. The Boys corner her in a tunnel, where Frenchie tries talking to her. She still attacks, so Butcher uses knock out gas on her. Stillwell is pleased seeing Homelander use the tragedy to push for militarized supers; rousing the crowd with a speech while Maeve grieves for those she allowed to die.
#5: "Good for the Soul"
At the "Believe Expo", Starlight talks with teens while being quietly directed to push an agenda, while Butcher has Hughie meet Ezekiel, the Expo host and their next lead. Maeve feels guilty for letting Flight 37 crash and visits her ex-girlfriend Elena, but leaves before explaining herself fully. Butcher takes time to talk with Rachel, his sister-in-law, over putting a tombstone to Becca. After A-Train kills Popclaw, he finds surveillance footage of Frenchie. Hughie finds Ezekiel with Homelander and learns the meeting is for re-baptisms. After Homelander exits, Hughie extorts Ezekiel, with privileged knowledge, for information on Compound-V. Homelander rallies the crowd with an impromptu speech, with Starlight seeing radicalism in the crowd. She goes on stage and breaks script to honestly open up how she feels about her faith. She walks off, with Hughie coming by to comfort her and to explain himself about Robin's death and needing some means of coping. Butcher and Milk discover babies exposed to Compound-V to manufacture supers. Vought's Security finds them, with Butcher using a super baby to enthusiastically kill them. Frenchie releases the Female out of sympathy; she seemingly dies protecting him from Seven member Black Noir, but then she awakens and her wounds immediately heal.
#6: "The Innocents"
Hughie is met by his old friend, Anthony. Now informed, The Boys know Vought used super charities to smuggle Compound-V (disguised as Polio vaccines) to make super-babies since 1971. Annie learns that Ashley was fired, and Stillwell demands she comply with her designed image. However, Annie refuses, remarking that firing her after reporting sexual assaults would hurt Vought as a whole. Stillwell, aware it was Deep, has him apologize publicly. Butcher brings Hughie to a collateral damage survivors support group, but leaves after Butcher yells at them for doing nothing to get justice. Alone, Butcher explains to Hughie that Homelander raped his wife and she vanished after visiting Central Park. Frenchie and Milk get help from Mesmer, a telepath, to see into the mind of the Female in exchange for seeing his daughter, Cleo. They discover the Female was kidnapped and raised in The Shining Light Liberation Army terrorist group, realizing Vought is making Compound-V boosted terrorists to push militarization of supers, her name is Kimiko, and that only wants to save her brother. Butcher tells Raynor, but she refuses; fearful of Vought, while Mesmer tells Homelander about them. Hughie and Annie share a kiss, but Butcher finds out, warning Hughie not to fraternize with the enemy and threatens to tell her about Translucent.
#7: "The Self-Preservation Society"
Hughie and Annie book a hotel room where they make love, and Hughie agrees to introduce her to his father. Deep finds his transfer to Sandusky, Ohio beyond dull, while A-Train needs more workouts after Compound-V destroyed his system. Homelander holds a meeting to discuss Hughie killing Translucent, extorting Ezekiel, and A-Train killing Robin; during which he angrily accuses Starlight of co-conspiracy. Maeve however defends Starlight; taking responsibility for her. When A-Train calls Hughie, saying he's holding his dad hostage, the Boys realize Mesmer burned them. Hughie bargains some Compound-V, allowing Kimiko to blindside and cripple A-Train. Butcher kills Mesmer, remembering when Mallory had first told him about Homelander. Homelander asks about Becca Butcher from Dr. Vogelbaum, who informs him that Becca was pregnant with his child, but both died on the table and Vought covered it up. Questioning the revelation's timing, Vogelbaum expressed regret raising him in a lab, calling Homelander his "greatest failure." Butcher calls Raynor to protect Hughie and Milk's families in exchange for evidence. As Raynor charges Stillwell and Vought, she then learns of the superhuman terrorist, "Naqib". Annie confronts Hughie, who explains Vought's use of Compound-V, and Butcher arrives shortly after to exfil Hughie after beanbag-shooting Annie.
#8: "You Found Me"
The Pentagon classifies Compound-V and the Boys are wanted for Translucent's death. Annie confronts her mother. Vought denies Deep's return to The Seven, causing him an emotional breakdown. An injured A-Train, angry at being racially profiled while out of costume, goes back to Compound-V and his brother leaves him in disgust. Butcher takes Hughie to Mallory, who refuses participation, but tells her about Stillwell. Mallory warns Hughie about Butcher, who abandons the others for Stillwell. This prompts Hughie to leave Butcher to seek Annie's help, who refuses out of distrust. Maeve opens up and asks Starlight to be herself again. Homelander privately confesses to Stillwell that he secretly made the super terrorists, and they have sex. At a Black Site, Milk and Frenchie meet with Hughie, who smuggled in his old retainer so Frenchie can pick the lock and escape. Freeing Kimiko, Starlight rescues them, but A-Train soon arrives. Hughie and Starlight delay him, and A-Train suffers a heart attack. Hughie applies CPR, but Starlight takes over so he can escape. Butcher takes Stillwell hostage to bait Homelander, who after torturing Vogelbaum, kills Stillwell. Butcher attempts suicide but Homelander saves him and takes him to Becca, who raised Homelander's son in secret, stunning both Butcher and Becca.