Vought Enterprises packages and presents Superheroes all across the United States, negotiating deals with cities much as if they were a sports team, with the price for even a second or third-string hero racking up into the hundreds of millions of dollars. They hope, and are angling towards, securing military contracts as well. Their premier property is the Seven … a team made up of their best (and best received) heroes: Homelander, Queen Maeve, The Deep, Black Noir, A-Train, Translucent, and until recently Lamplighter.
Unfortunately, these heroes make mistakes and don’t handle things well when they go wrong. Vought, of course, is there with their legal staff and spin doctors to preserve the hero’s image, but that doesn’t restore Hughie’s girlfriend who was disintegrated when A-Train literally ran right through her. This incident brings him into the orbit of that Supes-hating Billie Butcher, who reunites the Boys to bring down the Seven and Vought.
At the same time, to replace a “retiring” hero, Vought elevates a young and idealistic Anne January aka Starlight to join the Seven, and things take a wrong turn when The Deep decides to capitalize on Starlight’s self-confessed crush. Which will lead to The Deep' downfall.
So, the show’s idealists, Hughie and Starlight/Annie form the twin narratives as doing the right thing must vie with taking the easy route, and this plays out over the eight hour-long episodes.
However, Kripke does try to provide both sides of the argument, demonstrating that neither the Boys, nor the Seven are wholly righteous, with both sides leaving much to be desired, and both sides being led by people that they really shouldn’t be trusting. If there is Evil, it very much lies with Vought and the people determined to see it achieve its dominance in the world.
Now, of course the series (as did its source material) contains a lot of violence, blood, sex and profanity, however it is much more restrained than in the comics … but still some might find it excessive. One aspect that was lost was the comic books, with tabloids, bios, appearances, endorsement deals, and "true life" reality shows filling the void.
All in all, it is a very good series that is worth checking out – albeit, yeah, not without some quibbles, but generally the quibbles do not detract from the overall enjoyment of the series.
Between The Boys and The Tick Amazon Prime has carved out its own space in the superhero genre with a pair of superhero series that can offer up food for thought even as one sits back to enjoy them.
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Edited by G-man, 29 July 2019 - 10:09 AM.