“The Boys” Season 1 REVIEW/Comic Book REVIEW"

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

The first trailer for Amazon’s “The Boys” Season 2 is out!

The Boys” is an Amazon Original show developed by Erik Kripke, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg based on the comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson. The story follows a group of vigilantes who are tired of the superheroes abusing their abilities.

Both the show and the original comic run are gems amongst the superhero genre. It pay homage yet takes the entire idea of what we think a superhero film is to entirely new level that feels more real than real life. My in to this show was being a life long fan of Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg as a writing/producing/directing team whose work I’ve followed since “Freak and Geeks”.

AMC’s “Preacher”, also based on a comic by the same author; Garth Ennis, was Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg’s first big stroke at doing something different than a story with their leading genre being comedy. “This Is The End” (2013) came close and is one of my personal favorites as well Hulu’s “Future Man” which they also worked on and that I enjoyed.

Being a big fan of the comic for “Preacher” as well I was a little disappointed by the restrictions Seth & Evan (and “Breaking Bad”s Sam Catlin) had to fall under while writing for AMC. It was still a huge accomplishment in my eyes and a promising window into what Seth & Evan’s artistic style could go…

…and with the premiere of Season 1 of “The Boys” I felt they had finally hit their mark.

The cast is a marvel to watch! I was so happy to see Karl Urban (“Lord of the Rings” (2002-2003), “Bourne Supremacy” (2004), “Star Trek” (2009-2016) “Dredd” (2012) “Thor: Ragnarock” (2017) finally settle into something that was absolutely perfect for him where he could really shine. I’ve been a massive fan of his and couldn’t be happier to see him doing so well with this hit of a show.

Jack Quaid who I adored in “Plus One” (2019) and highly recommend, almost steals the show, he’s perfect for this. Now I understand Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead” (2004), “Hot Fuzz” (2007)) who the comic book character was actually, physically based on, was actually meant to play the role but sadly outgrew it by the time production came around. Though there’s a nice little homage to him that they put in the show that I love.

The rest of the cast… every single one of them shines. Erin Moriety who I knew from “The Watch” (2012) as Vince Vaughn’s daughter in the smallest role imaginable, yet memorable, finally got her moment with this show. I could go on and on praising the cast but I think it’s time I let the show speak for itself. It’s badass, thoughtful, fun, outrageous, hilarious, suspenseful and just overall an extremely well executed piece of cinema.

I say bravo, Boys (and Girls)

See you again September 4, 2020

- Sam Gall

(Note: this show is not for the faint of heart)

See where it all began with “The Boys” Graphic Novel Vol. 1:

Check out “The Boys” Season 1 on Amazon now:

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