It's taken almost one hundred issues -- and two publishers -- but this November will see Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's cynical superhero thriller The Boys
reach its conclusion with an extra-length 72nd issue that wraps up its run in suitably dramatic fashion.
Dynamite Entertainment, which took over the publishing of the creator-owned series in 2007 with #7 following nervousness on the part of original publisher DC Comics over just how extreme the superhero-baiting series was going to get, will be marking the momentous occasion with a final issue that includes 24 pages of story, 5 pages of all-new pin-up art, and a cover gallery from the entire series. "The Boys
will be missed. The good news is it's a great ending with a complete story, and is going out on top," Dynamite Publisher Nick Barrucci says in a press release about the series' conclusion. "Garth and Darick created the series with characters and stories that can never be replicated. I want to thank Garth and Darick for their faith in us, and look forward to future series with both creators. This is a series whose legacy will live on as trade paperbacks. I also want to thank DC Entertainment, especially Paul (Levitz), Jim (Lee), Dan (Didio) and Hank (Kanalz), and many more - who helped make the transition as smooth as possible and allowed fans to continue to enjoy one of the best comics in the market. And, most importantly, thank you to the fans and the retailers who supported the series throughout. The Boys
has been a fun ride."
Series writer and co-creator Garth Ennis was also feeling sentimental about the ending. "Seventy-two issues plus three minis adds up to ninety issues," he said, referring to the Herogasm
, Highland Laddie
and Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker
tie-in series, "making this a very busy six years - more than six years, of course, because we very nearly didn't make it. But all's well that ends well. I finished #72 well over a year before it's due to see print, and I've been missing Butcher and Hughie ever since. Goodbye, Boys. I doubt we'll see your like again."
(We may see something like their like; the series was optioned for development as a movie back in 2008, with Anchorman
and Talladega Nights
director Adam McKay signing on as director two years later. Whether there'll be a role for Simon Pegg, the visual inspiration for series lead Hughie, remains to be seen.)
Darick Robertson, who co-created the series and drew the majority of its run, described working on The Boys
as "a chapter in my career I will always look back upon as a significant challenge," but added that "I am proud of the work I've done on the book and will miss it."
Dynamite describes the final issue by saying "The long day closes on the Brooklyn Bridge, as our hero finally meets his destiny. There's one last deal to be done, as Stillwell finds out the real cost of doing business, and one last surprise for Rayner too - as she begins her long-dreamed of political career."
#72 will be released by Dynamite Entertainment in November.