The Boys Return To Comics With Sequel Series Dear Becky
by James Ferguson
The Boys has become a pop culture sensation, first with an incredible comic series and then an adaptation on Amazon Prime. This April, Wee Hughie and Billy Butcher are back in The Boys: Dear Becky, a new sequel series from Dynamite Entertainment written by co-creator Garth Ennis, and illustrated by Russ Braun. Series co-creator and original artist Darick Robertson will be contributing covers.
Writer Garth Ennis says:
Originally I never intended to do more with The Boys at all, but for obvious reasons I’ve found myself thinking about the story and characters again over the past couple of years. There was one aspect of the original story, and one character in particular, that I never felt got a fair shake- Becky Butcher, whose demise motivates her husband Billy to do the terrible things he does, but who only actually appears in two issues of the original book. I liked writing Becky very much, almost as much as Butcher himself, and I wanted to look in greater detail at how her relatively brief appearance cast such a long shadow.
Dear Becky will use a flashback structure to flesh out both the pre-history of The Boys and call back to classic moments while also moving the story forward.
Darick Robertson added:
This comic has always been close to my heart and seeing the response to the show and the new drove of readers discovering the original material, makes the timing for this series a wonderful opportunity to bring fresh material to the new readers as well as a treat for the original fans. Revisiting these characters is a nice feeling, and creating covers for the series and collaborating with Ennis again is a treat.
This could not be a better time for more from The Boys with the second season of the TV show on the way this year. I cannot tell you how many people I spoke to about the show and how excited they were for it. Focusing on Becky is a great move too as it further ties it into the show.
Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher says:
We were extremely pleased with the entire Boys series, and felt that it was one of Garth and Darick’s greatest works – and that is saying something! When Garth came back to with a new story, we were surprised but also excited of course. Once he clued us in, we were floored. It’s gratifying that Darick has been able to make time for the covers with his current schedule, and having Russ Braun return to draw the series too. We’re excited to bring this new yarn to fans and retailers!
The Boys: Dear Becky #1 is set for release in April 2020.