28 Jul 2019 AT 01:05 PM

The Boys has arrived on Amazon Prime and it’s glorious

Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic series adaptation is definitely not your typical superhero show
28 Jul 2019 AT 01:05 PM
The Boys has arrived on Amazon Prime and it’s glorious

You may think that you’re done with superhero media for a while. You may feel that you’re a bit too familiar with the standard theme of troubled but ultimately well-meaning heroes saving the day. If that’s the case, then new Amazon Prime Video series The Boys would like a word.

The Boys is the screen adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book series, and it definitely adds some spice (and violence) to the superhero genre.

In this world, superheroes aren’t well meaning do gooders – they’re commercialised properties represented by a multi-billion-dollar agency prepared to put their likeness on anything.

Said agency – Vought International – spends a lot of its money on PR and clean up to deal with collateral damage, like the death of random bystanders taken down by negligent superheroes in the line of duty. That’s what you get when your heroes aren’t motivated by do-goodery, but by fame and fortune.

Yeah, Spider-Man: Far From Home this is not. It’s gory, violent, foul-mouthed and extremely brutal.

Early reviews have been pretty kind, with the series averaging 74 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

For our two cents, it nails the premise of an out-of-control ‘Justice League’ of sorts, more like celebrities than actual heroes. Also, the ragtag team of The Boys do their comic book counterparts justice. Its pacing slows towards the end, but it’s still a binge-worthy show.

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