While fans of The Boys look forward to the second season debuting September 4, Dynamite is proud to announce official novel adaptations of the original storylines. With new details adding to the official canon, the first volume is available right now in print and digitally.
Before it inspired the hit 2019 Prime television series and upcoming second season, The Boys shook the comic book world with its debut in 2006. Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s celebrated series focused on a world where people with incredible powers existed and were far from responsible. Now as the exciting new miniseries The Boys: Dear Becky hits comic shops as the official sequel/prequel to the original run, Dynamite Books has gone back to the original six-issue story arc and adapted it into the first The Boys prose novel.
The Boys: Name of the Game novelization by writer Dan Wickline takes a deep dive into a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky, and masked vigilantes prowl the night, and someone has to make sure the supes don’t get out of line. Hughie Campbell is in love for the first time in his life. Everything is going perfectly with his girlfriend Robin until she is tragically killed as collateral damage in a battle between supes. Meanwhile, Annie January has just achieved her ultimate dream. As the hero Starlight, she is promoted to the most powerful team of heroes in the world – The Seven. That dream quickly turns into a nightmare when she traumatically learns the truth about her idols. The mysterious Billy Butcher lost his wife due to supes as well. He’s tasked by the CIA to reunite his clandestine team to get the supes in check, by whatever means necessary. When Butcher recruits Hughie for The Boys, the grieving young man finds a purpose in a world of superpowered narcissists living like they’re gods. When all these forces come together, all hell breaks loose.
“I remember reading the first issue when it came out and just being floored. It was the type of story the industry needed,” said writer Dan Wickline. “Garth and Darick have created such an amazing world over the series run, and I’m getting a chance to introduce that world to another audience that may not normally pick up a comic book, as well as revealing a few details and fleshing out parts that even longtime fans will greatly appreciate.”
Dan Wickline started his career writing comics for a variety of different publishers including Humanoids, IDW, Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, and Zenescope. He co-wrote the recently released SEAL Team Six: No More Volume 13 and has his own Lucius Fogg series of Urban Fantasy novels.