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The Biggest Differences Between The Comic Book And TV Versions Of ‘The Boys’

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There are plenty of subtle differences between The Boys comic book series, written by Garth Ennis and published by Dynamite Entertainment, and the Amazon Studios television adaptation. From the shift in overall tone to the slightly tweaked brand of superhero mayhem, there are a lot of variations to debate when comparing The Boys comics vs. show. With the success of the second season, there's plenty of time for the show to incorporate even more of the comics into the show.

Hughie is no longer Scottish. The Seven don't have a flying base. Translucent was invented from scratch for the show! And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Scroll down to see the differences between The Boys television show and The Boys comic book, but be warned... there are spoilers for both lurking down there.

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    The Seven Fly Around In A Sky Base In The Comics

    The home base of The Seven on the television series is Vought Tower, a clear reference to Avengers Tower from both Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It fits the more real-world tone of the show and serves as a dig at big business in America as the official home of The Seven is on the 99th floor of the massive skyscraper.

    In the comics, The Seven work out of a flying base that is less akin to the Helicarrier from 2012's The Avengers and more in line with something like the Justice League Satellite from DC's comics, albeit inside the atmosphere. It probably would've been too expensive for the CGI work needed to adapt that to a television show and the building just fits better with the show's corporate-skewering themes.

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    Stormfront Was A Man And Created By Nazi Germany In The Comics

    The Stormfront of the comics series was made into a superpowered being as a child by the Third Reich in Germany during the heights of their power in the early parts of the 20th century. Much like the television character, the comics' Stormfront seems to barely age and continues to spout racist garbage up to the moment of his demise in the comic series.

    The creative team behind Amazon Studios' The Boys tweaked the character a bit for the television show. She became the first superhero ever after her husband, Frederick Vought, injected her with Compound V decades before the show takes place. She is less outwardly racist than her comics inspiration, but she clearly is a bigot with no compunction for taking the lives of innocent Black bystanders as she does in the third episode of Season 2. It is a more honest take on current-day racism than having a Nazi superhero being outwardly racist for all to hear.

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    The Boys Of The Comics Are Powered Up

    The superhero-fighting team of The Boys in the comic books is powered up in ways that put them on a more even playing field to the heroes they've dedicated their lives to bringing down. In all honesty, it makes them hypocrites and kind of takes away from the drama of everything as they are just as powerful as the villains of the series.

    In the Amazon show, they are just average humans - save for The Female - who need to be careful when they're dealing with the unquestionable might of The Seven. It gives the show a tension that the comics just can't match.

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    The Television Show Is More Of A Takedown Of Disney And The MCU While The Comics Weren't

    The Boys comic book series, which began in 2006, is more of a darkly comedic take on superhero comic books. The signature, over-the-top explicitness of Garth Ennis' work is definitely there - probably even more so than in his signature series Preacher. There is no subtlety to the comics' takedown of the genre with direct and obvious takedowns of characters like Captain America, the X-Men, and Iron Man in different arcs.

    Seeing as the television adaptation has come well after the absolutely massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it makes sense that the show targets Disney and Marvel Studios as opposed to superhero comics books. Vought even has their own movie studio that creates billion-dollar-grossing superhero films, which isn't exactly a veiled jab at Marvel Studios' dominance over the box office in the past decade.  

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