During this storyline, we begin to see how The Boys is the culmination of everything Garth Ennis has ever wanted to say about superheroes, from his mainstream work through his groundbreaking Hitman series for DC. What if Captain America were real? Easy. The military industrial complex would make hundreds of him. How far would a corporation go to promote its own version of Superman? Easy. They’d fake 9-11. And in days where tobacco companies add sweeteners and use cartoon mascots to attract kids, that’s not such a stretch.
I know Garth Ennis says he hates supers, and this series certainly brutalizes the hell out of costumed heroes, but at the same time you can’t write like this unless you love what you write.