This will likely come as a shock, however the comedian guide model of The Boys is even darker and extra gratuitous than the Amazon collection. In actual fact, The Boys was initially printed underneath DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint, however DC was so involved concerning the content material of the comedian they abruptly canceled the collection and allowed creators Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson to take it elsewhere.
The comedian tends to be extra graphic in its depictions of intercourse and violence, and options an notorious menstruation sight gag that hasn’t (as of but) made the leap to the Amazon collection. The comedian additionally takes a darker strategy to most of the essential characters. Billy, for instance, is a extra intimidating and fewer sympathetic determine within the comedian, to the purpose the place he ultimately turns into as a lot a villain as Homelander. Frenchie is meaner and fewer likable. Even Hughie himself is much less an affable superhero geek than an delinquent conspiracy concept nut.
Hughie & Annie
As within the Amazon collection, The Boys comedian focuses closely on the romance between Hughie and Annie. However within the comedian, Hughie would not use that relationship to control Annie and work in opposition to the Seven. He would not even understand he is courting a superhero at first. And when Billy finds out about their relationship, it leads him to surprise if Hughie is definitely a mole working for Vought-American.
One other key distinction is that each Hughie and Annie are rather more proactive within the present. Each characters stand as much as their respective groups in Season 1, whereas it takes them for much longer to turn into disillusioned and arise for themselves within the authentic story.
Within the Amazon collection, Kimiko is the one member of The Boys with superhuman powers. Within the comedian, all of them have powers. Billy and his crew usually eat Compound V as a manner of leveling the taking part in subject in opposition to the Seven. The Frenchman even appears to have superhuman powers of odor.
The comedian additionally reveals the origin behind the identify “Mom’s Milk.” We study that MM is the one crew member to have powers since start. His mom labored at a manufacturing facility contaminated with Compound V. MM was born with super-strength but in addition a start defect that requires him to usually drink his mom’s breast milk. We’ll see if that bizarre origin story makes the leap to the Amazon collection.
The Simon Pegg Issue
Once they created The Boys, Ennis and Robertson modeled Hughie straight on actor Simon Pegg (particularly Pegg’s look within the sitcom Spaced). The resemblance is fairly apparent within the comedian, particularly since Hughie is Scottish in that model. Sadly, Pegg is slightly too outdated to play the a part of a younger, idealistic Hughie within the Amazon collection, however the present does pay homage to that inspiration by casting Pegg as Hughie’s father.
Different Superhero Groups
The present focuses on the rivalry between The Boys and The Seven, however within the comedian The Seven are simply one in all a number of superhero groups working throughout the globe. The Boys principally work their manner up the ladder, utilizing groups just like the Teenage Kix and Payback as observe earlier than going to warfare with the Seven. It stays to be seen if these different groups will seem in future seasons of the present, although Stormfront did debut in Season 2.
The Amazon collection does introduce a number of authentic heroes of its personal in Season 1, together with non secular guru Ezekiel and washed-up mind-reader Mesmer. It additionally options Teenage Kix member Popclaw in a big position, albeit in a relationship with A-Prepare that does not exist within the comedian.
Mallory & Stillwell
The Amazon collection makes some adjustments to the solid by way of ethnicity and nationality. For instance, Hughie is now American as a substitute of Scottish, and A-Prepare is now African American as a substitute of white.
The most important adjustments contain the characters Mallory and Stillwell, each of whom have been modified from male to feminine. The comedian contains a back-story for Mallory involving him being a WWII vet whose life was artificially prolonged by Compound V, a narrative which the present appears to be ignoring. As for Stillwell, the shift from male to feminine opens the door for a twisted sexual dynamic between she and Homelander. The truth that Stillwell dies within the Season 1 finale is one other huge change, as Stillwell serves as one of many essential antagonists of the comedian all the way in which till the tip.
The Aircraft Crash
One of many extra gut-wrenching sequences in The Boys Season 1 comes when Homelander and Queen Maeve try to rescue Transoceanic Flight 37 from terrorist hijackers. Whereas they simply dispatch the terrorists, Homelander’s careless use of warmth imaginative and prescient dooms the airplane and its passengers.
An analogous scene performs out within the comedian, with one huge change. That failed rescue mission occurs aboard one of many hijacked planes on 9/11. As an alternative of crashing into the World Commerce Middle, the airplane crashes into the Brooklyn Bridge. That disastrous incident causes Maeve to turn into disillusioned and an alcoholic, whereas she’s already fallen down that gap earlier than the airplane crash within the present.
The place’s Terror?
Billy Butcher is a extra imposing determine within the comedian. Not solely does he have Compound V-derived super-strength, he is bought a sidekick within the type of his trusty bulldog, Terror. Terror is understood for urinating on his grasp’s enemies, and far worse.
Even though Terror has appeared in a few of Amazon’s promotional materials, he not often reveals up within the collection other than a fast flashback cameo and a barely longer look in Season 2. Terror appears content material to sit back and take it straightforward on this model.
As within the Amazon collection, the comedian reveals that Billy’s hatred of superheroes stems from an incident the place Homelander raped Billy’s spouse, Becca. The main points differ fairly a bit within the comedian, nevertheless. The present leads viewers to imagine Becca was killed within the means of giving start to a superhuman youngster, just for Homelander and Billy to find that Becca and her son are still alive and in hiding.
Within the comedian, she did really die in childbirth, whereas within the present she would not die till the Season 2 finale. In one other large change, Billy himself murders the superhuman toddler within the comedian, whereas he accepts duty for safeguarding Ryan within the present. The comedian additionally reveals it wasn’t really Homelander who raped Becca, which leads us to…
Black Noir’s Makeover
In each variations, Black Noir is depicted because the Seven’s resident Batman sort. He is silent, scary and actually good at beating criminals to a pulp. The comedian makes a significant swerve close to the tip, nevertheless, with the reveal that Black Noir is actually a deranged Homelander clone. Black Noir’s job is to maintain tabs on his “brother” and kill him if he ever steps out of line. Black Noir lastly carries out his mission when Homelander makes an attempt a hostile takeover of the US authorities. However by that time Vought has merely changed one harmful superhuman with an much more harmful superhuman.
As soon as unmasked, Black Noir reveals it was he, not Homelander, who raped Becca, which makes his subsequent, gory demise all of the extra well-deserved.
Two seasons in, the TV collection has but to disclose Black Noir’s id. Nevertheless, it is trying more and more unlikely he is a Homelander clone, or that he was the one who raped Becca. Whereas seemingly proof against ache, Black Noir suffers main accidents over the course of Season 2 (including being brought down by his peanut allergy). And from what we have seen of his scarred face, he seems to be Black (as is actor Nathan Mitchell). The TV collection might be holding Black Noir’s id a thriller for good cause, however the precise reveal might change into fully completely different from the comedian.
Stormfront and Lamplighter
Stormfront, like Mallory and Stillwell earlier than her, is modified from male to feminine for the Amazon collection. The present retains the character’s primary back-story as an ageless Nazi whose powers are equal parts Thor and Shazam, however the truth that she’s a girl now performs closely into her modified position on the Amazon collection. Moderately than being a member of the super-team Payback, Stormfront is a full-fledged member of The Seven whose rivalry with Homelander turns to heated romance. She additionally lastly meets her finish not because of Billy Butcher and his crew, however Homelander’s son Ryan.
Season 2 additionally lastly puts Lamplighter in the spotlight. Whereas each the comedian and TV collection reveal Lamplighter to be the supe chargeable for murdering Mallory’s household in an act of intimidation, the present additionally reveals Lamplighter was misled into believing he was killing Mallory herself, not civilians. Typically, he is portrayed much more sympathetically within the Amazon collection proper up till his suicide, whereas within the comedian he is summarily overwhelmed to demise by The Boys and resurrected as a braindead zombie. The present additionally provides a unique approach by making Lamplighter a type of jail warden/nurse in Vought’s medical analysis facility.
The CIA’s Function
Whereas we have already lined how the Amazon collection gender-swapped Mallory, it is also value declaring how completely different the general relationship between the CIA and Butcher’s crew is. Within the comedian, The Boys are totally funded and sanctioned by the CIA, a mandatory countermeasure to Vought’s rising dominance of the geopolitical area. Whereas the identical holds true for the unique incarnation of the crew seen in varied flashbacks, the present depicts the group as a completely unbiased group within the present-day. That winds up creating main problems for Butcher and his crew in Season 2, as they discover themselves wished fugitives.
Nevertheless, that is one space the place the comedian and TV collection will start to align extra over time. Showrunner Eric Kripke revealed to IGN that The Boys will transition again to changing into a CIA-sponsored group in Season 3.
“The Boys we are going to discover on the prime of Season 3 will really be very recognizable to those within the comedian guide: formally backed by the CIA now, workplaces within the Flatiron constructing,” mentioned Kripke. “, it’s going to be type of basic Boys however with a pair twists and turns.”
Victoria Neuman vs. Vic the Veep
Up to now, maybe no The Boys character has modified extra within the transition from web page to display screen than Victor Neuman. Within the comedian, Victor is the idiotic former CEO of Vought, who now serves as Vice President and Vought’s political proxy. He is nicknamed “Vic the Veep” and was meant to be a parody of then-US President George W. Bush.
Neuman is one other character who switches from male to feminine within the Amazon collection, however that is the least of the adjustments. Within the present, Victoria Neuman is depicted as a crusading politician (extra Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez than George W. Bush) who lobbies in opposition to Vought’s unchecked energy and makes an attempt to reveal their crimes. The Season 2 finale shakes issues up even additional, revealing Neuman to be a superhuman killer with the facility to psychically explode heads. At this level it is unclear the place her true allegiances lie and if she’s really working for Vought as Vic the Veep does within the comedian. Kripke hints she’ll be more of “a wild card” in Season 3.
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