It’s a new week and we’re recovering from Baltimore Comic Con as we look towards Halloween Comicfest! While you kick off the week, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
So where are the real superheroes? The warriors for truth and justice, the defenders of the American way, the heroes who fight to make things right and ask for nothing in return? Hughie finds out when he meets the teenage adventurers known as SUPERDUPER… but unknown to the little Scotsman, Butcher has finally learned his secret. A dire scheme is set in motion, and at the vast superhero evangelist festival of BELIEVE, Hughie’s relationship with Annie January – aka Starlight of the Seven – reaches its terrible conclusion.
Next… a special story featuring everyone’s favorite pint-sized Scotsman, Hughie. Mind reeling from cataclysmic events in New York, Wee Hughie heads home to Auchterladle — the semi-idyllic Scottish seaside town where he grew up. All Hughie wants is some time to himself, to return to the bosom of family and friends, and get his head together after two years of unimaginable chaos. But our hero’s luck has always been more cloud than silver lining, and the familiar surroundings he craves are not all they might be. Old pals are warped beyond recognition, strangers in town are up to no good, and a figure from Hughie’s recent past has come back to resolve some unfinished business. You can go home again – but whether or not you should is another matter entirely.
Collects: Issues 39-47, plus Highland Laddie
The Boys Omnibus Vol. 4 Photo Cover Edition
writer: Garth Ennis
artists: Darick Robertson, John McCrea, Russ Braun
cover: Mother’s Milk Photo Cover From The Boys TV Series!
FC | 328 pages | $29.99 | Superheroes | Mature
Both Versions of Volume 4 Contain: Issues 39-47, plus Highland Laddie
Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra has stated that “for the moment the door is closed” when it comes to Spider-Man‘s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But there’s a chance of a return.
Speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit, Vinciquerra also said “it’s a long life” cryptically hinting there is a chance for a return down the road.
Vinciquerra also stated that there’s “no ill will” between Marvel and Sony after the failure to reach an agreement and it’s been “an interesting couple of weeks” for the studio due to the fan reaction to the news.
Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige being stretched thin with the next phases of the MCU bwas part of the issue.
Sony is going ahead with their own Spider-Man universe as the company is in production on a sequel to Venom, a film based on Morbius, and “five or six” television series set in the Spider-Man world in the works.
Vinciquerra pointed towards Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The Boys as to evidence their future endeavors will be fine and the studio is “pretty capable of doing what (they) have to do here.”
In the same talk, Vinciquerra stated Sony Studios wasn’t for sale and touched upon the studios’ decision to stay out of the streaming wars. That decision allows them to be “more transparent” to creators by not becoming “beholden to any platform.”
Diabolical! Everyone and their mother has watched The Boys on Prime Video by now! If they haven’t, they need to get on that ASAP! Dynamite is treating new The Boys fans and those going back over a decade to an avalanche of awesome collectibles and merchandise – just in time for the holiday season!
As the new paperback omnibus editions of The Boys sell like crazy, Dynamite is reprinting them as well as making sure retailers have everything they need to satisfy today’s supes-hating Boys. Including trading cards, enamel pins and even some limited edition collectible currency!
Right off the bat, the hotly anticipated fifth omnibus is out right on time for the gift-giving season! The longrunning plot comes to a head in this volume, as the main story reveals backstory on The Boys as an organization and teases the upcoming conflicts. Also included in this book is the essential origin story of Billy Butcher in his spinoff miniseries Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker. Featuring writing front to back by master Garth Ennis and art by co-creator Darick Robertson and co-conspirators John McCrea, Russ Braun and Keith Burns. This penultimate volume is available with a cover by Robertson spotlighting Frenchie or a photo from the show with his crush The Female. Additionally, the first three volumes of The Boys omnibuses art covers are available signed and remarked by artist Darick Robertson, while the photo editions will be available signed by writer Garth Ennis.
On the collectibles front, first are two 7-card sets of trading cards. One features the eponymous Boys squad of Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, Frenchie, the Female, The Legend, and Billy’s trusty bulldog Terror. In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, some have to be watched, controlled, and sometimes even taken out of the picture… That’s when you call in The Boys! Every Butcher card will feature a signature by creator and writer Garth Ennis.
Joining this set is one featuring The Seven, with cards spotlighting the love-to-hate sensation Homelander, fan-favorite Starlite, body pulverizer A-Train and two connecting cards depicting the entire team. These superheroes are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, but often abuse their powers. Except Starlite, she’s pretty cool. Artist co-creator Darick Robertson will be signing all of the primary Homelander cards. Each set comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity.
Fans can wear their love for their new favorite antiheroes on their sleeves! Dynamite is producing the first-ever collectible enamel pins for this iconic “meta” superhero epic. In addition to a standalone pin reproducing the iconic logo, a five-piece set of pins featuring the core members of The Boys. Affix them to your bag and radiate that “F**k Supes!” energy!
For those Vought bootlickers out there, they can stock up on the new two-dollar bill of the Boys with Homelander’s smug face plastered over it. Dynamite is bringing a piece of that thankfully fictional world into ours with this limited edition collectible bill. Created using a revolutionary, high-definition coloring process and Darick Robertson’s legendary artwork, this $2 bill is authentic U.S. legal tender. Each bill comes with a full-color certificate of authenticity and is handsomely showcased in a two-sided display folio in fresh, crisp, uncirculated condition. Yes, you can buy a soda with it, as long as that soda is less than two bucks!
If your snack run requires more than two dollars, Dynamite has your back with some change as well! Dynamite is continuing their line of collectible coins with four genuine John F. Kennedy Half-Dollars sporting Robertson’s hallmark character designs. These colorized pieces are additionally plated in 24-karat gold to further enhance the artwork. The four coins feature the most beloved characters from the series, including Butcher, Hughie, Homelander and Starlite.
The Boys Trading Cards, Enamel Pins, Two-Dollar Bill and Collectibles Coins are slated for release in October and November 2019.
This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: the impact of comic book TV shows and movies (outside of the Big Two).
Last week I reran a column for Underrated about The Death Defying Doctor Mirage as I had lost track of time Saturday morning, when I usually write the column, because I was watching the four episodes of The Boys on Amazon Prime that I had left after slowly picking away at the series during the week.
It was then I realized that adaptations of comic books in an episodic format are strangely underrated. Even the comic book movies, to some extent, also fall under that umbrella. Now, to be clear when I say these things are underrated, my tongue is not in my cheek; I am well aware that comic book movies are a multi billion dollar industry, and that some of those films are critical darlings – and rightly so. But I’m not talking about the movies per se, but rather their impact on comics. Not how the comics change over time to better reflect the movies, because that does happen, but rather the impact that the movies and television shows have in driving people to comic shops.
Without the comics obviously these shows and movies wouldn’t exist in the same way (if at all). I mean you may end up with something like Heroes (remember that show from the mid-2000’s?), but there’d be no real guarantee that it’d take off. No, without the comics there’d be no live action adaptations.
But it’s not just a one way street.
I see it first hand when working at my LCS that the shows do drive purchases of the trades. To a lesser extent the floppies also sell, but in my experience that tends to be what people assume to be the key issues more than anything else; not always, and obviously it’s going to be different in different shops. It’s also important to note that the majority of the shows that push the comics aren’t always the ones I expected; shows like Doom Patrol and others that are also based on lesser known properties tend to generate more interest than the big ticket superhero movies. Personally, I think that’s because we all know who Batman, Spider-Man et al are, but even among comic book fans, few have read things like The Boys, Happy and Umbrella Academy.
It’s those adaptations that seem to have the higher impact on people wanting to circle back to the comics. Whether that’s because the people asking are already readers of comics, just not those comics, or because the idea of a smaller world to discover is less intimidating that trying to find your way into the X-Men (though the last few movies haven’t been great), the Avengers or Shazam comics.
The older a property, the more chance you’ve got at picking up a crappy story.
Now this two way street I’m seeing may be a localized trend. Your shop may have noticed something entirely different; maybe your shop has seen a surge of Avengers comics after folks have experienced the MCU, or maybe there was a sudden rush for Shazam books. Maybe the impact of the adaptations hasn’t been felt in your shop, and that sucks.
The impact of comics on television and cinema is undeniable. But there is a feedback from movie goers and others who binge Daredevil back to comicdom. It’s a small, and often underrated trend, but it is there. It’s turning the folks who wander in to a shop for the first or second time on to their new favourite book that’s the real challenge (though if you’re passionate about comics and can articulate that well, it shouldn’t be a huge hurdle).
Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover something else next week.
Dynamite’s new compilation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s hit series The Boys continues with Volume 3, which includes both of the original volumes 5 & 6.
An evil so profound it threatens all mankind! The mightiest heroes on the planet uniting to defend us all! A secret crisis of such utter finality that a countdown to civil or infinite war seems unavoidable! But have you ever wondered what really happens during Crossovers? The Seven, Payback, Teenage Kix, Fantastico, and every other superhero on Earth team up for an annual event like no other – and where the superheroes go, can a certain “five complications and a dog” be far behind? But as the fun and games begin, it seems our heroes have set their sights on bigger game than usual.
You can only maim and murder so many superheroes before someone decides to do something about it, and in The Boys’ case that means Payback – a superteam of unimaginable power, second only to the mighty Seven. Pulping teenage supes is one thing, but how will our heroes fare against Soldier Boy, Mind-Droid, Swatto, the Crimson Countess, and the Nazi juggernaut known as Stormfront? Blood flies and bones shatter, as Butcher and company meet fire with fire.
The Boys, launching July 26 on Amazon Prime Video and in production on season 2, is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good.
It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven, and Vought – the multi-billion dollar conglomerate that manages these superheroes and covers up all of their dirty secrets.
The Boys are Billy Butcher (Karl Urban, “Star Trek”), Hughie (Jack Quaid, “The Hunger Games”), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso, “Detroit”), Frenchie (Tomer Capon, “Hostages”), and The Female (Karen Fukuhara, “Suicide Squad”). Simon Pegg (“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”) guest stars as Hughie’s father. The Supes of The Seven are led by Homelander (Antony Starr, “Banshee”) who is joined by Starlight (Erin Moriarty, “Captain Fantastic”), Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott, “House of Cards”), A-Train (Jessie T. Usher, “Independence Day: Resurgence”), The Deep (Chace Crawford, “Gossip Girl”) and Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell, “Supernatural”).
Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue (“Leaving Las Vegas”) stars as Madelyn Stillwell, Vought’s Senior VP of Hero Management.
The series is based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
Amazon has released an official trailer to The Boys based off of the comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
Supes have been committing atrocities, which keep getting swept under the rug because they are revered by the adoring public. Billy Butcher recruits The Boys who have all been wronged by The Seven, the world’s most notorious superheroes, to bring them down and stop the corruption. The Boys is a revenge story where the nobodies take on the somebodies.