‘The Boys’ Asks Marvelous Question: What If Superheroes Were Jerks?

Much of the comic superhero world, notably Marvel, has long insulated itself against satire by systematically poking fun at its own characters. A lot of those guys, and women, treat saving the world as a welcome respite from dealing with their private neuroses.

Still, the level of attention and cash generated by the superhero industry makes it inevitable that someone will take a different perspective, which brings us to The Boys, the long-incubating TV series adaptation of the Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson comic book…