Superheroes are great…but what if they weren’t?
Superheroes live on the pages of comics. There, they have
always been a symbol of hope; a bastion of goodness. Each hero has a code that
defines them; Batman’s “Do not kill,” Spider-Man has “with great power comes
But these characters live in a fantastical world ruled by
morals; a world created to give humanity guidance on how they SHOULD act. They
are the modern day “Aesop’s Fables,” teaching readers to strive for better- for
justice, for goodness, for faith in mankind.
Unfortunately, those mantras are not reflected in the real
world. Our world is ruled by the powerful; those with money and privilege are
exempt from consequence and punishment- one set of rules for the average man,
one set of rules for the rich and powerful.
So what happens if these two worlds were to collide? What
would the world look like if the rich and powerful were actually UNSTOPPABLY powerful
with superpowers? Could the government moderate them? Would they be held
accountable to law? Of course not!
Think of the biggest jerk you know. Now imagine them with ultimate power. Imagine Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg as actual “Supes” with the ability to do (and get away with) whatever they want. That’s KIND of the idea behind legendary writer of “Preacher” and “The Punisher” Garth Ennis’ comic, “The Boys.”
Who Are “The Boys?”
The Boys are an elite team of Superhero haters; recruited by the C.I.A. as an elite brute squad to keep the powerful in line. They’re joined together in camaraderie by their individual grudges against the Supes and beefed up by the C.I.A.’s secret serum that elevates their power so they can go toe-to-toe with the Caped Crusader’s of the world.
Because there’s nothing like a back-alley-bat-beatdown to let the pervasive and powerful people with powers understand that “with great power, comes great accountability…” So when the Supes mess up, The Boys clean house.
Garth Ennis has created one of the most amazingly raw, dark
and gritty beat down books ever with The Boys. Now, as Amazon Prime starts to
wedge their way into the growing market of Superhero TV and Movies, they are
launching their newest show, The Boys, TODAY!
The show sports an amazing cast including Karl Urban playing
Billy Butcher, Jessie Usher as A-Train, Jack Quaid as Wee Hughie, and Elizebeth
Shue as Madelyn Stillwell.
The Boys has already a ton of praise from critics and fans
alike, and Midtown Comics was fortunate to get a chance to get some answers
from Ennis to some of our questions:
Questions for Garth Ennis from Midtown Comics:
1: What Character is the
most like you?
(Ennis) The weary, pissed off German government minister at the start of the
Starr one-shot in Preacher, the guy who realizes that the hijackers, SWAT cops
and everyone else involved want the whole thing to end in a massive slaughter.
I think he says something like “Why can’t people just be nice?”
2: Are any of your
characters inspired by people you know? Who, and why?
(Ennis) Only in terms of certain aspects of their character, I rarely ever
fictionalize whole people. Billy Butcher spoke with Steve Dillon’s voice, for
instance, but apart from that they weren’t remotely similar.
3: You did such a fantastic
job infusing your writing flavor to The Punisher. If you could take on and
write any character/historical figure with no restrictions who would that be,
(Ennis) Always fancied a go at Hawk The Slayer. Also got half an idea for Dirty
Harry. And a few old British characters like Rat Pack and Rogue Trooper.
4: You are a WW2 fan: Why is
that and what fascinates you about that era?
began with the comics I read as a kid, which led into an interest in military
history- wherein I discovered that the stories I’d been reading were by and
large inspired by actual events. Highly dramatic events, in fact. World War Two
defined the world we live in today, featured a level of design in hardware that
I find more interesting than any other conflict, and- like all wars- is full of
accounts of human behavior that absolutely defy fiction.
5: What was one of the first
characters you fell in love with (that you didn’t create)? What drew you to them/made you love them?
(Ennis) One would be Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter, who appeared in 2000AD when I was a
kid. Great writing and art by John Wagner and Ian Gibson. Sam was sort of
long-suffering loser, hamstrung by his idiotic assistants, struggling and
failing to navigate a crazy world of robots running wild. He was fairly
capable, certainly, but he was a world away from grim-faced killers like Judge
Dredd and Johnny Alpha. “Why is this always happening to me?” is the line
that sums up Sam.
6: Are you currently
reading/watching anything that we should be reading/watching?
(Ennis) Recently I’ve enjoyed Veep, Derry Girls and
Fleabag. Just getting into Years And Years. Reading a lot of non-fiction right
now, but about to start James Ellroy’s latest. And enjoyed a book of short
stories by Joe Lansdale, Driving to Geronimo’s Grave.
7: What drew you into
what’s the first comic you remember
(Ennis) 2000AD was my first love, it was the first
to give me that sense of limitless potential that comics have.
8: Being a big name in the
comic world must be rewarding, but I imagine it’s also a bit frustrating. Least
favorite/Most enjoyable part about fan interactions?
(Ennis) No real horror stories, I tend to do all
that on my own terms. Not bothering with social media probably helps
enormously. I like 90% of the people I meet.
9: Oddest place you got
inspired for a story?
(Ennis) A beach in the Maldives, absolute tropical
paradise- palm trees, umbrella drinks, sunset just beginning to paint the sky.
I was supposed to be reading up for my scuba certification; instead I found
myself imagining a lone, grizzled figure with an ancient rifle striding out of
the sunset. That was the starting point for 303.
10: What are the best/worst
parts about writing a story?
(Ennis) There can’t be many better ways of making a
living; it would be churlish of me to complain about any aspect of it.
11: The Boys will be hitting
Amazon soon. Is there any comic story (that you didn’t create) that you would
like to see come alive as a TV show?
(Ennis) There are very few I wouldn’t, so long as they were done right. Some of
my war stories would work well, I think, particularly something like The Night
12: Is there anything fans
should know about your new show, “The Boys” that you feel like they should,
before watching it?
(Ennis) One of the things I’ve always liked about
The Boys is how simple it is: superheroes are bastards, they need a slap, the
Boys are going to deliver it. There it is in one line.
To find more information on the show: http://ow.ly/pJQe50vddI2
To read The Boys: http://ow.ly/KZnd50vdd3D
To check out Garth Ennis’ work: http://ow.ly/8G8l50vdd5D
To grab some of Garth Ennis’ signed books: http://ow.ly/X2fz50vdd7P
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