Five reasons why 'The Boys' is the revisionist superhero show we need

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By now, you’ve probably either heard of Amazon’s new comic-book series called The Boys or you’re likely living under a rock.

Based on a comic-book series of the same name that was written by Preacher creator Garth Ennis from 2006 to 2012, The Boys is new superhero show that’s picked up all kind of buzz and fans from critics alike over the past couple of weeks.

The thing about The Boys is that it isn’t *really* a comic-book show. In some regards, it might be — superheroes existed in the world and there are a couple of super-powered brawls here and there.

The point of the show, however, isn’t mean to glorify any of these “heroes” actions. Rather, it’s meant to damn them.

The Boys revolves around the premise that those who are meant to protect the world — a group of heroes known as ‘The Seven’ — aren’t doing a very good job at it.

Yes, they’re stopping evading threats when they might come across, but these group of heroes are about as corrupt and soulless as they get. They might kill a good fifty, sixty people on pure accident (or in some cases, maybe they do it on purpose just for the hell of it) but, thanks to the team of corporate lawyers behind them, nobody can do anything about it.

Angry about the unnecessary death of his girlfriend, Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid) is recruited into a team of mercenaries who aim to knock the heroes off their high pedestal. Led by Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) — a man who has a specific ax to grind with the seven’s leader, Homelander (Antony Starr) — the assembled team soon finds themselves way over their heads as they realize everything they thought they knew about this corruption was only the tip of the iceberg.

The show comes from Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen and has already been renewed for a second season. With the first season only being eight-episodes long (meaning it’s an easy weekend binge), it’s pretty clear to see why this thing’s a hit — the point hits hard and it hits fast.

So hard, in fact, that The Boys is arguably the start of a revisionist superhero movement. Sure, Logan and a few others might have come before it, but with this and HBO’s Watchmen coming for us, it looks like we might have a new trend on our hands.

Given that trend and the fact that The Boys is just so, so good, we figured we’d list five reasons why this is the revisionist comic-book series that we need right now.

Here’s what we came up with.

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