Hot on the heels of the wildly successful TV show (which also just so happens to be gearing up for a return), the original comic book series The Boys is making a surprise come back with co-creators Garth Ennis, Russ Braun, and Darick Robertson. The Boys: Dear Becky will pick up where the comics left off while simultaneously fleshing out the pre-history of characters like Billy Butcher and Wee Hughie with thorough flashbacks and references to major events from the original run.
“Originally I never intended to do more with The Boys at all, but for obvious reasons I’ve found myself thinking about the story and characters again over the past couple of years,” said Ennis, who wrote the comics, in a press release. “There was one aspect of the original story, and one character in particular, that I never felt got a fair shake–Becky Butcher, whose demise motivates her husband Billy to do the terrible things he does, but who only actually appears in two issues of the original book. I liked writing Becky very much, almost as much as Butcher himself, and I wanted to look in greater detail at how her relatively brief appearance cast such a long shadow.”
Set in a world where superheroes exist but are corrupted by celebrity status and corporate politics, The Boys is a hyper-violent satire of modern superhero culture focused on a dysfunctional group of antiheroes known, informally, as–you guessed it–The Boys. The Amazon Prime Video TV show brought the world of the comics into a brand new light, introducing hilariously messed up characters like The Deep, Homelander, and Billy Butcher to a new generation of fans.
But don’t panic if you’re only coming to these stories from the show. Dear Becky will be aiming to bridge the gap between new readers and old fans, according to Robertson. “This comic has always been close to my heart,” he said. “And seeing the response to the show and the new drove of readers discovering the original material makes the timing for this series a wonderful opportunity to bring fresh material to the new readers as well as a treat for the original fans”
Dear Becky will continue the story 12 years after the finale of the original 90-issue run when Hughie and Starlight’s marriage is unexpectedly derailed by “a mysterious document that threatens to rip open the scars of the past and reveal nightmarish truths about The Boys.”
The Boys: Dear Becky #1 hits shelves in April.
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