Amazon Prime's The Boys has been unleashing some very cool looks at the second season, especially impressive considering the series isn't set to debut until September 4th. After everything that went down last season, Butcher (Karl Urban) and the crew find themselves wanted by every government agency and supes across the globe. So it's only fitting that one of the recently-released pieces of key art reflected the "WANTED" poster lifestyle they find themselves living. But fans of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic book series should've had no problems recognizing where the inspiration came from: Issue #31, drawn by Robertson.
Released in June 2009 by Dynamite, Issue #31 "The Self-Preservation Society, Part One" was a special story arc drawn by legendary artist and Judge Dredd co-creator Carlos Ezquerra that found the Boys being targeted by a superteam. Here's a better look at the poster and Robertson's cover separately:
In a more intense, more desperate Season 2 of THE BOYS, Butcher, Hughie and the team reel from their losses in Season 1. On the run from the law, they struggle to fight back against the Superheroes. As Vought, the company that manages the heroes, cashes in on the panic over the threat of Supervillains, and a new hero, Stormfront, shakes up the company and challenges an already unstable Homelander.
The Boys: Let's Take a Look Ahead and a Look Back
The following second-season teaser picks up where things left off last time: a bloody Homelander (Antony Starr) meeting his son. From there, we have a bloody mess that finds A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) not doing so well; Homelander taking on Starlight (Erin Moriarty); Mr. Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) stepping up his presence, The Deep (Chace Crawford) still trying to not be so shallow; a quick look at Butcher's good boy Terror, and more. Joining the series this season are Aya Cash, Goran Visnjic, Claudia Doumit, Patton Oswalt, and a returning Malcolm Barrett.
Amazon Prime Video also released a preview introducing Stormfront (Cash) in all of her social media glory. In the opening scene, we get to see Vought's PR campaign making the public feel comfy about supes in the military just before the set gets a visitor, much to the chagrin of Homelander, Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), and public relation powerhouse Ashley (Colby Minifie). But Stormfront's not just there to make a name for herself, because she's already done that. That's because Mr. Edgar just named her as the late, not-so-great Translucent's replacement- and Homelander's not happy.
Speaking of Mr. Edgar, during "The Boys F**kin' Reunion," Kripke previewed the first three minutes of the second season opener (at around the 47:30 mark) that plans are moving forward to embed supes with the military, with the Vought CEO and Secretary of Defense Robert Singer (Jim Beaver) negotiating "collateral damage" while Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) takes care of a first-season threat.
On the side of The Boys, Urban's Billy Butcher is mysterious and brutal, hiding a personal agenda as he approaches potential new recruit Hughie (Jack Quaid), claiming to be a shadowy government operative. Butcher capitalizes on Hughie's rage over his girlfriend Robin's accidental death at the hands of Superhero A-Train and enlists Hughie as part of his plan to bring down the super-hero franchise. Rounding out Butcher's team are Laz Alonso (The Mysteries of Laura) as second-in-command Mother's Milk; Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad) as The Female, a young Asian assassin with blistering fighting skills who happens to have superpowers; and Tomer Capon as unpredictable wild card Frenchie, a brutal warrior when who lives a life of no attachments or responsibilities.
On the flip side, The Seven include Starr (American Gothic) as Homelander, leader of the main superhero team, The Seven; McElligott (The Last Tycoon) as Queen Maeve, a member of The Seven; Crawford (Gossip Girl) as The Seven member The Deep, an aquatic hero; Usher (Survivor's Remorse) as the speedster with a major PR problem, A-Train; Mitchell (iZombie) as Black Noir, a masked superhero with fighting and Set martial arts skills; Alex Hassell as the late (and perverted) invisible hero Translucent (who's not really…you know… "translucent"); and Moriarty (Jessica Jones) is Starlight/Annie, a young woman who can make lightning bolts flash from her eyes and dreams of being a "real superhero" like the famous Seven.