Garth Ennis’ highly popular Dynamite title, The Boys, is coming to an end this November with issue #72. Thankfully, this is not a cancellation. The termination was planned by Ennis from the get-go. The issue will tie up loose ends, and offer one last adventure for The Boys in order to bring the six-year run to a satisfying close.
It was also reported by Bleeding Cool that “The Boys” movie adaptation is still in the works, with Adam McKay on board to direct, and a possible Simon Pegg as Wee Hughie. We may just have more of “The Boys” in the coming years. See the press release, the cover art, and quotes from Ennis below.
Official press release:
August 16, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ – It’s an end of an era this coming November, as The Boys conclude their historic run with issue #72! The Boys has been one of the most critically acclaimed books on the shelves, but writer Garth Ennis always intended for the series to be finite and issue #72 is his final statement on The Boys! Look for it this November!!!
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. The Boys’ story comes to an end in this final issue containing 24 pages of story, 5 pin-up pages of brand-new art as well as a complete cover gallery!!!
“Seventy-two issues plus three minis adds up to ninety issues, making this a very busy six years – more than six years, of course, because we very nearly didn’t make it,” says writer Garth Ennis. “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,” adds artist Darick Robertson. “I am proud of the work I’ve done on the book and will miss it.”
“Endings are always bittersweet, but this book has always been just that, bittersweet,” says Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. “There’s not much left to say except thanks to Garth, Darick, Russ, Tony and Simon for all of their incredible work month in and month out. Cheers, all.”
“The Boys will be missed. The good news is it’s a great ending with a complete story, and is going out on top,” states Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Garth and Darick created the series with characters and stories that can never be replicated. I want to thank Garth and Darick for their faith in us, and look forward to future series with both creators. This is a series whose legacy will live on as trade paperbacks. I also want to thank DC Entertainment, especially Paul (Levitz), Jim (Lee), Dan (DiDio) and Hank (Kanalz), and many more – who helped make the transition as smooth as possible and allowed fans to continue to enjoy one of the best comics in the market. And, most importantly, thank you to the fans and the retailers who supported the series throughout. The Boys has been a fun ride.”