A former C.I.A. operative turned vigilante, Billy Butcher is as charming as he is cunning. He’s a force of nature, who can talk almost anyone into anything, either through a smile or brute force – or sometimes both. He’s consumed by one mission in life: to destroy superheroes. But this personal vendetta is driven by his hatred for one Supe in particular: Homelander. Butcher’s determined to get revenge on Homelander, no matter the cost. And he won’t let anyone or anything stand in his way.
Hughie has a mediocre life. He’s a mild-mannered guy with a boring job, who still lives at home with his Dad -- in the same bedroom he grew up in. The only light in his life is the love of his life: his girlfriend, Robin. That is, until a speedy superhero named A-Train runs through Robin, eviscerating and killing her on impact. Desperate for justice, Hughie’s recruited by anti-“Supe” vigilante Billy Butcher, and Hughie’s world is turned upside down as he finds himself caught in the middle of a war against superheroes – who are neither super nor heroic.
A drug-dabbling, gunrunning jack-of-all-trades, Frenchie’s skillsets are an invaluable resource to Butcher and The Boys, but his impulsive decisions are an eternal source of frustration to Mother’s Milk. Frenchie’s got a history as a killer-for-hire -- and those jobs, and the human faces behind them, have always stayed with him, like scars. But he’ll rediscover his humanity when he finds a woman locked in a cage in a basement who’s part of a larger mystery, and Frenchie is the only one of The Boys who’s able to connect with her.
When The Boys find The Female imprisoned in a cage in a basement under high security, they mistake her for a victim in desperate need of saving. But as The Boys unravel the mystery of The Female, they follow a trail of blood and gore to learn that she’s a badass who might just end up saving them instead. And as they’ll discover, the puzzle of The Female’s origins is part of something larger and far more terrifying than they ever imagined.
Mother’s Milk left Butcher and The Boys for a reason. Now he’s got a good job, where he’s making a difference in the lives of wayward kids, and he’s made a happy home with the love of his life, Monique. But Butcher insists he can’t fight the war on Supes without M.M.’s detail-obsessed, methodical mind. And if M.M. is being honest with himself, he misses the action. But he worries that Butcher’s win-at-all-cost pursuit of Homelander will put lives at risk – especially the people M.M. cares about.
With the face of a movie star and the superpowers of a god, Homelander is the greatest superhero alive, and the leader of The Seven. Not only can he fly, he’s got superstrength and superhearing, and he can see through almost anything with his x-ray vision and then destroy it with his laser eyes. On the surface, he’s affable, modest, and sincere; the ultimate Boy Scout, an all-American, God-fearing patriot. But just like mere mortals, even superheroes have secrets.
Annie January is as down-to-earth and sincere as they come; the girl next door with superpowers. And as Starlight, “The Defender of Des Moines,” all she’s ever wanted to do is save the world -- and while a lot of people say that as a corny catchphrase, she actually means it. So when she’s selected to join The Seven, it’s every dream she’s ever had come true. But that dream becomes her worst nightmare when this fresh-faced Midwesterner arrives in New York, and learns that the old adage is true: never meet your heroes.
A-Train is a member of The Seven and the fastest man in the world. But underneath the cavalier exterior of a celebrity superhero lies the soul of a mortal athlete with a deep insecurity about staying at the top. He’ll do whatever it takes to remain in The Seven, because he knows it’s only a matter of time until a younger, faster challenger takes his place -- and that’s a problem even the fastest man in the world can’t outrun.
Silent, stealthy, and enigmatic, Black Noir is The Seven’s superpowered ninja. His superstrength and heightened senses, such as his razor-sharp hearing, are matched only by his proficiency in the martial arts. Criminals run in terror at the mere mention of his name. Little is known about this lethal warrior, other than his having trained with a master sensei to become the death dealer that he is today. Whatever lies behind Black Noir’s mask is a complete mystery – which only makes him more terrifying.
The Deep can breathe underwater and communicate with sea creatures. His big, pretty dives are legendary. And his handsome-as-hell good looks have made him Vought’s social media darling. But that’s pretty much all the company wants from him — because he’s The Seven’s token aquatic Superhero. But he knows he could be doing so much more than flashing his biceps on Instagram if only they’d let him... even though he’s secretly proud that his profile gets 4 million hits a day.
As a warrior, a feminist, a humanitarian, and a member of The Seven, Queen Maeve is the ultimate role model for little girls all over the world. But to reach such astonishing heights, she’s had to make sacrifices along the way. Embracing the image that Vought demanded she accept meant abandoning the truths – and even some of the people – she held dear. Disillusioned and cynical, she’s now a shell of the determined idealist she once was.
Translucent is The Seven’s invisible superhero, thanks to his carbon metamaterial skin that bends light, and also makes him bulletproof. A master of stealth, he can sneak anywhere and give the badguys the surprise of a lifetime. But when he’s not fighting crime and saving the day, Translucent has … other interests. From women’s changing rooms to sorority house showers, Translucent loves using his invisibility to lurk where he shouldn’t.
Everyone loves superheroes. They swoop out of the sky and save the day. This city’s in thrall to them: we buy their toys, watch their movies, read their fawning headlines. But if you knew just half of what supes get up to, you’d think again. That’s where Butcher comes in. He’s here to spank those supes when they get out of line. And he won’t rest until he’s done with each and every one of them.
Hello boys and girls. This is Mr. Butcher and he’s here today to teach you all about supes. Because supes, you see, ain’t always nice. Sometimes they are very, very not nice. So grab your dollies and sit down criss-cross-applesauce: story time is about to start.
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