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A year — almost to the day! — after writer Garth Ennis announced he’d begun work on the final issue of The Boys, Dynamite Entertainment has confirmed that the superhero parody will end with November’s Issue 72.
Created with longtime collaborator Darick Robertson, The Boys debuted in 2006 from DC Comics’ Wildstorm, centering on a super-powered CIA squad tasked with keeping a watch on superheroes, eliminating them if necessary. However, the title was abruptly canceled after just six issues, a decision chalked up to publisher’s uneasiness with its anti-superhero tone and graphic violence. However, the comic quickly found a home at Dynamite, where it continued for another 66 issues and spawned three miniseries: Herogasm, Highland Laddie and Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker.
“Seventy-two issues plus three minis adds up to 90 issues, making this a very busy six years — more than six years, of course, because we very nearly didn’t make it,” Ennis said in a statement. “But all’s well that ends well. I finished #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 end of The Boys with this issue ends a chapter in my career I will always look back upon as a significant challenge,” Robertson added. “I am proud of the work I’ve done on the book and will miss it.”
The official announcement arrives just as Anchorman director Adam McKay revealed that Paramount Pictures has picked up the film rights to the property, which had lay dormant since Columbia Pictures abandoned the planned adaptation in February.
The Boys concludes in November with a 24-page story, with five pin-up pages and a complete cover gallery. Here’s how Dynamite describes the issue: “In The Boys #72, the long day closes on the Brooklyn Bridge, as our hero finally meets his destiny. There’s one last deal to be done, as Stillwell finds out the real cost of doing business, and one last surprise for Rayner too- as she begins her long-dreamed of political career.”