news culture The Boys Season 3: the origins of the Amazon Prime series, ultra trashy comics
Season 3 of The Boys has just started, and the least we can say is that the series remains true to itself. It’s trash, it’s gore, it’s sordid in every sense of the word, but it comes first and foremost from the source material, The Boys comic books.
The birth of the fall of heroes
The Boys is a comic book series written by Garth Ennis, known for his pen and his provocative style. With such talent, he was quickly given the reins of the Judge Dredd series, before joining the famous DC Comics comic book house. With them, he was allowed to fully script his first Hellblazer series. Afterwards, he will launch one of his most famous works, preacher, telling the story of a priest with extraordinary powers, in search of God. This comic has a reputation for being extremely provocative, to the point of having been the subject of protests from conservative America. As much to say to you that with each exit of number, DC Comics was not serene. We can see that the man is already very oriented towards provocation, with a style that is very, even too adult‘. He makes a deal with Marvel to take over the character of the Punisher, which he brilliantly revives, but still in the mature House of Ideas classification. It was in 2006 that Garth Ennis proposed to Wildstorm, a subsidiary of DC Comics, a series called The Boys’.
The Boys: a superheroic satire
Since the series takes up the general framework of the comics, the similarities between the two mediums are legion. The plot takes place in a society where the company Vough International has succeeded in developing a formula for creating superheroes. Thanks to his influence and the potential of this invention, extraordinary beings have developed in a world where The 7 are the most powerful team of heroes. However, Garth Ennis is clearly not lace when he creates a universe. Here, the heroes are not the paragons of justice and goodness, on the contrary. Here they are perverted by money, fame, drugs, etc. The comics are trashy, vulgar and uninhibited, to the point that DC Comics stopped publishing after 6 episodes.
Fortunately, the comic house allowed the series to be taken over easily by the publisher Dynamite Entertainment. Between gore, rape, implosion of human bodies, the violence is pushed to its climax. For example, the character of Starlight, new recruit of the 7 is forced by The Protector (the leader of the gang), to perform oral sex on each of the members of his team to celebrate his arrival. How can we talk about comics without mentioning the famous Herogasm arc, featuring an orgy between superheroes, embellished with prostitutes, rape and nudity in all directions. This passage is adapted in episode 6 of season 3 of The Boysand is likely to be ranked Xto tell you how trashy the source material is.