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The Boys

3 dicembre 2008

Cover of The Boys #1. By Darick Robertson and Tony Avina
Clockwise from the lower left-hand corner: Billy Butcher, The Frenchman, Mother’s Milk, The Female, Wee Hughie
Publication information
Publisher Wildstorm (Issues 1-6), Dynamite EntertainmentTitan Books (Collected Issues) (Issues 7-current),
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Publication date October 2006-
Number of issues 23 (as of October 08)
Main character(s) See Characters
Creative team
Writer(s) Garth Ennis
Artist(s) Darick Robertson
Peter Snejbjerg
Colorist(s) Tony Avina
Creator(s) Garth Ennis
Darick Robertson
Collected editions
The Name of the Game ISBN 9133305463
Get Some ISBN 1933305681
Good for the Soul ISBN 1933305924

The Boys is an American creator-owned comic book series, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson. It was originally published by Wildstorm before moving to Dynamite Entertainment

The series is set in a contemporary world very much similar to real one, with one notable exception: a number of people have some form of superpower. The series follows a superpowered CIA squad, known informally as “The Boys”, whose job it is to keep watch on superheroes and, if necessary, intimidate or kill them.

Ennis has said that the series will “out-Preacher Preacher“, presumably referring to the extreme violence and sexuality that were that series’ hallmark. He has also stated that he expects the series to last for approximately 60 issues.

Table The Boys n. 4

Table The Boys n. 4

Publication history

The first six issues were published by Wildstorm, starting in 2006. On January 24, 2007, the series was abruptly canceled with issue 6. Ennis later explained that this was because DC (of whom Wildstorm is an imprint) were uneasy with the anti-superhero tone of the work.[2] The planned collection of said issues was also canceled. However, Robertson said that “DC is being good about reverting our rights so we can find a new publisher and we’re in the process of doing that now”. [3] Ennis then released a statement telling of interest from a couple of publishers and that issue 7 and a trade of the first six issues would be available. While Darick Robertson is currently on exclusive contract to DC, he has been given special dispensation to continue working on The Boys.[4] In February 2007 the series was picked up by Dynamite Entertainment and it resumed in May. A collected edition of the first six issues was also published, with a foreword by Simon Pegg.


Cover n. 15

Cover n. 15

A sticker that bears witness to the harsh realities of an uncontrolled use of super powers

A sticker that bears witness to the harsh realities of an uncontrolled use of super powers

A sticker splatter

A sticker splatter

Garth Ennis: The Boys 1 (of 5)


Collected editions

Dynamite are releasing trade paperback collections on an ongoing basis (including those comics previously published by Wildstorm) and these include:


  • 2008: Nominated for “Best Continuing Series” Eisner Award.


Variety report that Columbia Pictures have optioned the comic for a film adaptation, to be produced by Neal H. Moritz. According to The Hollywood Reporter Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay will be writing the screenplay and their previous credits include Aeon Flux, The Tuxedo and Crazy/Beautiful.[9]



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