The Boys, Volume 1: The Name of the Game (The Boys #1)

I recently watched [ The Boys ](https://www.amazon.com/The-Boys- Season-1/dp/B07QNJCXZK) on Amazon. It takes the basic idea that if you give a number of average people supernatural powers, a good number of them are going to call all sorts of wrong–even the good guys. So if the good guys are bad, who watches them?

And–before it was a TV show, it was a graphical novel! One absolutely chock full of the same schocking language ( Butcher to his dog: fuck 'em ), violence (slightly less), and sexual content (much earlier) as the show.

For the most part, they’re both good–in the actually terrible sense of the word–but for now I prefer the show. The book feels like it tries to cram in too much too quickly. Almost two full seasons in a single volume. Curious to see what happens though.

How otherwise does it compare? (Potential spoilers, but I tried to avoid them).

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I miss the show Huey. He felt more like an everyman in over his head. This one is more of a conspiracy nut.

A point on super powered individuals.

Homelander works, but Annie, I liked a lot better from the show. I think I missed that her name was Annie January. Weird surname.

That’s a neat bit of worldbuilding. They don’t really explain what happened, but it shows just how screwed up the world has gotten–and people just have to go on living with it.

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Oh Annie. So innocent and in for such a rough time. In the show it's only the Deep who forces himself on Annie; in the graphic novel, it's several of them, including Homelander. Again, I think I like the show better here. It’s more a slow burn, making each of the characters broken and terrible in their own right.

One of the things that was pushed back and changed in the show. Compound V is still there and similar, but I’m not sure I like how they’ve done it in the book. Giving the Boys the ability to go hand to hand with supes ... kind of defeats the point.

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Oh Butcher. To some extent, he’s not that wrong about Americans in general. But it’s quite a way to say it. And people are people no matter where you are.

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Oy. And people close their eyes to it I bet.

I am still curious where it goes from here though!