When a comic book series is adapted into a movie or TV show, changes have to be made. When the comic book is The Boys, those changes have to be made because there is a lot that happens in the comics that could never play out on the big or small screen — even if it is Amazon Prime. However, Amazon Prime has put a lot from the comics into its first season of the show.
The disintegration of Hughie's girlfriend was there in all its gory slow-motion glory. The sexual assault of Starlight was there as well, although who did it was changed up to possibly eliminate the risk of alienating fans due to gang rape. However, that change was just scratching the surface. Here are five improvements Amazon made on The Boys and five ways the comics were better.
10 THE DEEP - IMPROVEMENT
In the comic books, The Deep was lame. He was one of the least important members of The Seven. Vought mostly ignored him, and all he cared about was how much money he made. He also wore a large diving helmet that he never took off because he was under an Atlantian curse.
However, on Amazon, The Deep was very different. He was the one who forced himself on Starlight sexually while he had nothing to do with that in the comics. He was also almost comedy relief, the show taking great liberties to show that he loves fish more than people and spends most of his time talking with them.
9 STILLWELL - BETTER IN COMICS
Stillwell in the Amazon series was drastically different from the version in the comic books. Both versions were great, but the version in the comic books had an advantage. First, the TV show had a nuanced version portrayed by the fantastic Elisabeth Shue as a mother who dealt with The Seven as their contact in Vought.
However, the version in the comic books was a male who was in charge of The Seven and gave them most of their orders. He was amoral and was nowhere near as sympathetic as Stillwell from the TV show. Sure, it gave a sympathetic face to the bad guys, but the true evil intentions of the comic book Stillwell was missed.
8 QUEEN MAEVE - IMPROVEMENT
Queen Maeve was very similar in both The Boys comic books and the Amazon television series. However, there was one significant difference between the two, and the version on Amazon was better as a result. In the comic books, Maeve didn't care about anything anymore and just wanted to get drunk all the time.
In the Amazon series, Maeve is not that far gone. She still has a desire to be a hero, as was shown in the airplane rescue gone wrong with Homelander. She is very smart and calculating and much more nuanced than her comic book version.
7 THE FEMALE - BETTER IN COMICS
The Female was changed drastically in the Amazon series. It was almost like the TV show wanted to have an origin story for more than just Hugie, but they should have only had this as Hughie's origin because there was no need to change things for The Female.
In the comics, she was part of The Boys before the events in this series ever happened. Her and The Frenchman had a long relationship, and she was a former Japanese baby who fell into a vat of Compound V, giving her superhuman strength and a desire to kill. In the series, she was kidnapped and experimented on with Compound V. It was just better in the comics having her part of The Boys all along.
6 COMPOUND V - IMPROVEMENT
The idea of Compound V in the comics and Amazon series is entirely different. In the comics, The Boys have access to Compound V, and they use it to make themselves into superpowered beings. This allowed things to happen like Hughie punching a hole into the body of a member of the Teenage Kix superteam.
However, on the Amazon series, The Boys had never heard of Compound V, and it was instead something that was used by superheroes. Yes, it was what made most the heroes superpowered, but as A-Train showed, it can also make them unstable.
5 TERROR - BETTER IN COMICS
If there is one character missed greatly in The Boys, it was Terror. Yes, Terror is Butcher's dog, and he is very well trained. Sure, there was a sign of him in flashback scenes with Butcher and his wife, but that wasn't enough.
Seriously, this dog is trained to do one thing, and he does it well -- whether it is to an unexpected poodle or a compromised bad guy. Terror is missed on the Amazon series.
4 HOMELANDER - IMPROVEMENT
Homelander is a very evil and bad person in both the Amazon series and The Boys comic book series. In both, Homelander doesn't care about humans at all, he doesn't care if he saves anyone's lives, and he only cares about the bottom line of being a success and helping Vought achieve their end goals.
However, in the comics, he is a raving lunatic much of the time. He is responsible for the initial sexual assault of Starlight. He is very over the top. However, he is a lot more nuanced in the Amazon series, playing more on the fact that he knows he needs to portray a great hero and often contemplating his next move, and not quite as unhinged.
3 BECCA BUTCHER - BETTER IN COMICS
The most significant change made to the Amazon series of The Boys that differentiates it from the comic books is the fate of Butcher's wife, Becca. See, in the comic book, she is raped and impregnated by a man that Butcher believed was Homelander. When the baby is born with superpowers, it kills her, and then Butcher has to kill the baby.
This gives Butcher a considerable stake in wanting to destroy The Seven by any means necessary. However, on the Amazon series, it turns out that she never died and was hidden with their superpowered son. It also showed that Homelander was the rapist, whereas, in the comics, it was Black Noir. Maybe this will be an improvement when the second season airs, but for now, the comics were better.
2 STARLIGHT - IMPROVEMENT
Starlight was a Christian conservative small-town superhero when she joined The Seven in the comic books. She thought it was a dream come true until her first day at her new job saw her sexually assaulted by three members of The Seven. She was then forced to dress like a tramp and just learned how to play dirty.
However, in the comics, Starlight was much more proactive. She was still sexually assaulted, albeit only by The Deep. She then quickly learned the score and stood up to him before ratting him out. She is so much more upstanding and independent on the Amazon series and is a stronger character as a result.
1 HUGHIE - BETTER IN COMICS
Hughie in The Boys comic books was based on Simon Pegg. That is fun, because, in the Amazon series, Pegg was hired to portray Hughie's loving father. In the Amazon series, Hughie is much younger and never seems quite as innocent, instead just being shellshocked for much of the first season.
In the comics, Hughie is a tragic figure, and he allows Butcher to lead him along, forcing him into all kinds of horrible situations until he finally has enough and stands up for himself. On the Amazon series, he killed Translucent on his own and is nowhere near as redeemable as his comic book counterpart, who really never wanted to hurt anyone, outside of revenge for his girlfriend's death.