Spoilers ahead for The Boys comic series!Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s superhero opus The Boys features a number of characters lampooning popular comic figures. And no group is as apparent in what heroes they’re based on as the Seven, a Justice-League like team and Vought-American’s A-list Supes.
Despite being based on a team as noble as the Justice League, the personalities of the Seven vastly differ from the superheroes they were all inspired by. And in a world as gruesome as The Boys is, most members of the team died in extremely violent ways. Read on to learn all about each member of The Boys’ Seven and what ultimately happens to each of them.
Homelander is The Boys’ Twisted Superman
Arguably the most infamous Supe of the Seven, Homelander is the team’s unhinged pastiche of DC’s Superman. Like the Man of Steel, he can fly at supersonic speeds, lift things several times his size, and shoot lasers out of his eyes. Unfortunately, these abilities make him one of the biggest threats in The Boys’ universe. But Homelander meets his end in a dramatic confrontation with Black Noir, who is revealed to be his clone that has been gaslighting Homelander. During Homelander’s Supe invasion of the White House, Homelander and Black Noir rip one another part with just enough of Noir staying alive to technically be declared the winner.
Black Noir Is Much More Than The Boys’ Batman
While Black Noir does indeed fit the role of the Seven’s Batman, the truth behind his mask makes the Supe a lot more complex than a simple Dark Knight parody. Black Noir is a clone of Homelander who was designed by Vought-American to keep Homelander in check in case he ever needed to be handled. As such, he has all of Homelander’s powers such as enhanced durability and super-strength. To fulfill his purpose, Black Noir manipulated his source material into thinking that Homelander was losing his mind. The two fought in a dramatic standoff that ends with Billy Butcher putting a crowbar through Black Noir’s skull, finally avenging the assault of his wife.
The Boys’ Wonder Woman Managed To Find Her Inner Hero
Of course, the Trinity wouldn’t be complete without a Wonder Woman, and that role is fulfilled by Queen Maeve. For most of the series, Ennis and Robertson’s take on the Amazonian Warrior is presented as a lush who spends her days drinking. Like Wonder Woman she does possess enhanced strength and durability and also possessed the ability to fly. Unfortunately, Maeve met her maker in the form of Homelander who tried killing Starlight over her spying for the Boys. While Maeve succeeds in buying time for Starlight to escape, Homelander brutally decapitates Maeve and punts her head towards Starlight as a threat.
The History of The Boys’ Flash is a Brutal One
The world of The Boys’ is so brutal, even the original parodies of the Justice League weren’t safe from the most dire of situations. For example, the team once had a Flash-like hero in the form of Mister Marathon. Like the Scarlet Speedster, Mister Marathon was blessed with incredible swiftness. Unfortunately, this did not aid him in a considerable way when the Seven attempted to stop a plane crash. Marathon died as a result of Homelander trying to stabilize the plane.
Mister Marathon was later replaced on the team by A-Train, a former member of the young super-team Teenage Kix. Like the hero that preceded him, A-Train was also a speedster. And also like Mister Marathon, A-Train met a violent end when he was decapitated by the Boys’ Hughie Campbell as revenge for A-Train’s killing of Hughie’s girlfriend, Robin.
The Boys’ Green Lantern Has a Dark Past As Well
While the Seven does have a light-based hero in the form of Starlight, she was preceded by a much more obvious and much more psychotic Green Lantern with The Boys’ Lamplighter. Lamplighter is a pyrokinetic with a torch that harnesses his abilities and enables him to fly. The Supe was shot in the head by Greg Mallory after Lamplighter murdered the CIA agent’s grandchildren. But due to all the Compound V in Lamplighter’s system, he still exists as a shambling, reanimated corpse that is kept in the Seven’s base.
To make up for the Lamplighter’s absence, The Seven hired Starlight, though the optimism she brought to the team was quickly snuffed out seeing how the Supes were for herself. She eventually met Hughie and the Boys and helped them take down the Seven. Starlight is one of the few characters in the series to survive the story and actually earn a happy ending.
The Deep: The Boys’ Neglected Aquaman
In the same way that Aquaman doesn’t always get the most love in the Justice League, the comics’ version of the Deep isn’t given the most focus in The Boys. The Deep is referred to as the “King of the Seas” multiple times, but like the rest of the Seven’s original members, he was a lab-grown creation and not any sort of underwater being. In fact, while he does demonstrate enhanced strength and durability, he never shows much proficiency in the water. However, the Deep manages to keep his guard up through the entire series and ultimately makes it out of The Boys alive, even joining the rebranded Vought’s new super-team, True.
Jack From Jupiter: The Boys’ Martian Manhunter
Rounding out the Seven is the team’s take on J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter. Though Vought-American presents Jack from Jupiter as an alien hero to the world, he’s simply an enhanced human created by Vought. Like the Seven’s other members, Jack possesses enhanced strength and durability, but he also has invulnerability brought on by saying the magic word “Carpo”. Jack is another one of the Seven’s less-focused members, but he does play a role in unleashing the Boys’ Billy Butcher’s truly unhinged side. As revenge for having his sex tape leaked, Jack kills Butcher’s dog, Terror. In response, Butcher pins Jack to a wall and repeatedly stabs him in one of the series’ most personal and brutal kills.
Of all the characters that lampoon actual comic heroes (and there are many), the Seven get the most time to display their Supe powers and have their twisted personalities displayed. There are few good endings for most Supes, but considering the messed up and, frankly, awful lives they led, its no surprise that most of The Boys’ Seven wound up meeting gruesome fates.
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