“An’ nothin’s a bigger threat to the status quo than superheroes…” Garth Ennis, The Boys.
Garth Ennis’s ‘The Boys’ is a brutal look at a CIA backed operation tasked with keeping superheroes in line. The team consist of Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female.
After Wee Hughie tragically loses his girlfriend when the superhero A-Train blasts through Glasgow, he is approached by Butcher, the leader of The Boys. Accepting the offer Butcher makes him, Wee Hughie is taken into the dark world of what superheroes truly are, and why they need to be kept in line.
A little later, we meet Annie January, a superhero who has just be recruited into The Seven, which is something like the Justice League or the Avengers. After a traumatic first day, she finds herself on a bench in the park where she meets Wee Hughie for the first time…
If you like carnage and debauchery like I do, this is the comic for you. This book has graphic violence, rape, and straight-up wild ass superhero antics. Be prepared to have the veil removed from your eyes about the moral standards we hold superheroes to. Should you read on, you will find it gets so much more crazy than what you see in volume one. This comic is insane, and I hope you like it.
Interesting tid-bit: Simon Pegg’s likeness is used for Wee Hughie.