After a delay due to the writers’ and actors’ strikes, I can proudly announce that Supes Ain’t Always Heroes – Inside the Complex Characters and Twisted Psychology of The Boys, has been released this week.
This book is the latest from our dear friend Lynn Zubernis at Fangasm and Matthew Snyder. It’s Lynn’s first book for The Boys, coming after a string of successful books about Supernatural. Lynn has developed a passion for The Boys since its release and found it was time to gather a collection of essays from like minded writers who can appreciate all this very complex show has to offer.
As we fans said when Supernatural began to hit its stride, in Kripke we trust! To see his successes being repeated with The Boys just thrills me to no end. This is Kripke unrestrained by standards and practices, aka he can do whatever he wants. The result is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
This is the first time I’ve had to honor to contribute to one of Lynn’s books. My chapter is the last one in the book, titled, “Promoting The Boys: Blurring the Lines Between Reality and Entertainment.” It explores the wickedly clever marketing strategies done by Amazon Prime Video, which itself is a very interesting paradox since The Boys is very critical about mega corporations with questionable practices and their aggressive marketing, while the show owes a lot of it’s success to a mega corporation with questionable practices and their aggressive marketing. Fans are excited to see this show be very successful, but how is this type of promotion different than what Vought does in The Boys?
Another chapter comes from one of our former distinguished WFB writers, Linda Howell, aka Bookdal. The chapter title is “This Ain’t Your Momma’s Norman Rockwell Painting – The Boys Journey into Family and a F*** Ton of Dysfunction.” That’s for sure! The family relationships in this show are anything but healthy, and her interpretation of these twisted dynamics is a must read.
Actually, I’ve found all these chapters have great value as a fan of The Boys. This book also has specific chapters on characters Hughie Campbell, Billy Butcher, A-Train, Stormfront, Soldier Boy, and Black Noir. Lynn also has full interviews with Co-Creator Darick Robertson, Jim Beaver (once again playing Robert Singer), Jensen Ackles (Soldier Boy), Aya Cash (Stormfront), as well as brief conversations with Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko), Erin Moriarty (Starlight), Jessie T. Usher (A-Train), Chace Crawford (The Deep), Chris Lennertz (The Boys and long time Supernatural composer), Anthony Starr (Homelander), Nathan Mitchell (Black Noir), and Giancarlo Esposito (Stan Edgar).
This book certainly makes you see things about The Boys in ways you never thought about before, exposing just some of those many layers built into the stories. This ain’t your mamma’s superhero story for sure, and we are all grateful for it.
You can order Supes Ain’t Always Heroes at Amazon (button link below). If you’ve read the book, please tell us what you think! What got you thinking the most? Excited about season 4 in 2024?