'The Boys' Ends With Issue #72
Due in November From Dynamite
Published: 08/16/2012, Last Updated: 08/17/2012 03:54am
Dynamite Entertainment has announced that the seventy-second and final issue of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s critically-acclaimed series The Boys will be released in November. Writer Garth Ennis always conceived of The Boys as a 72-issue series, though he is already starting to miss some of his creations: "I finished (writing) #72 well over a year before it’s due to see print, and I‘ve been missing Butcher and Hughie ever since. Goodbye Boys. I doubt we’ll see your like again."
The final issue will include twenty-four pages of story as well as 5 pin-up pages and a cover gallery. The innovative saga about a group of super-powered CIA operatives charged with reining herd on superheroes who have been corrupted by their own celebrity originated at Wildstorm where, in spite of strong sales, it was abruptly cancelled after six issues, reportedly because Wildstorm’s parent company (DC Comics) was uneasy with the series’ mocking, anti-superhero tone (which Robertson's cover for #72 encapsulates brilliantly).
Dynamite then took over The Boys and has published the final 66 issue of the series that Ennis had always planned to end with #72. In the announcement of the final issue of the series, Dynamite’s President and Publisher took the time to thank DC Entertainment, Paul Levitz, Jim Lee, Dan Didio, and Hank Kanalz for their help in making the title’s transition to Dynamite "as smooth as possible."
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