This article was written by staff writer, Michael Worthan. (Photo credits: All images courtesy of Amazon Prime Video)
If you haven’t seen, nor heard about The Boys on Amazon Prime Video yet, then that would be very surprising. Making a showing at the 50th San Diego Comic Con last week, as well as on billboards, the deal with Carl’s Jr out here on the West Coast, and the non-stop good feelings fans are putting out on Twitter it’s kind of a big deal.
Co-created by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen - and based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson of the same name - its adult-oriented material is why it quickly became one of my favorite books, and also for the very reason other people despised it. It was adult oriented, it did not shy away from anything taboo, and it gave superheroes a real world spin. If super people were real what would stop them from doing everything awful? This comic, as well as the Amazon Prime Video show, answered all of these questions, albeit with slight changes and tweaks that you would assume a TV series would need.
***SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD***
My wife and I quickly took in all eight one-hour episodes of The Boys. From the start, it showcases the best part of what the comics were, all the while proving that unique ideas do in fact work. Karl Urban is an amazing Billy Butcher, showcasing all the good and bad habits, and providing Hughie, played by Jack Quaid, a vengeance ridden and self-destructive path, the same one Billy has been on for years.
I stated on Twitter, and will reiterate here, this was a perfect adaptation and show for me. Complex storytelling, actual emotions, and really, for lack of a better descriptor, messed up shit! Take a gander, and if the first 20 minutes do not catch you, then consider me absolutely shocked.