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The Boys

The Boys is an ongoing series created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. It was originally published by WildStorm but cancelled after only six issues, presumably because DC Comics (who owned Wildstorm) was unhappy with the anti-superhero tone of the series. Ennis and Robertson were allowed to take the series elsewhere, and it was picked up by Dynamite Entertainment.

The story takes place in a world where superheroes have existed since WW2. Though in public they are seen as heroic, kind and wholesome individuals, in private their vices range from drug abuse to a variety of sexual fetishes. Enter The Boys, a CIA-sponsored group whose job is to keep tab on superheroes and make sure they don't step over the line; and if they do, to take appropiate measures against them.

The series is noteworthy for it's violence and dark humor, often cracking jokes at popular superheroes, the comic book industry itself, and the industrial-military complex. Ennis once said the series would "out-Preacher Preacher" (and, according to Ennis, it did when it got cancelled due to objections to its content.)

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