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The Boys was an ongoing comic series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson. The series was a black comedy about a group of vigilantes, led by Billy Butcher, who manage and kill irresponsible and murderous superheroes. The book was full of graphic violence and sex, as well as a strong anti-superhero rhetoric, which made it one of the most controversial comics published at the time.

Initially published by WildStorm Productions, the comic was cancelled after six issues, due to DC Comics not being comfortable with the fact that the series primarily mocked their flagship heroes. The rights were reverted to Ennis and Robertson, who continued the series at Dynamite Entertainment until its end after seventy-two issues. It was later adapted into an Emmy-nominated television series.