The Boys: Diabolical: The Boys Presents: Diabolical
March 4, 2022 11:49 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Animated shorts in The Boys universe, from a variety of creators in a variety of styles, and with a variety of content warnings.

And by "content warnings", I do mean things such as talking poop and a character named Ranch Dressing Cum Squirter. Does for The Boys what Animatrix and Short Treks did for their franchises.
posted by Halloween Jack (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Wow this was definitely not on my radar. Here's the Amazon Video link. 8 episodes, 15 minutes each. "Featuring stories by Seth Rogen, Awkwafina, Andy Samberg, Aisha Tyler, Justin Roiland, and more."
posted by Nelson at 8:24 AM on March 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

I just finished them, and they really are a mixed bag. My takes:

- Best one: It's close, but I'll give it to "Nubian vs Nubian", written by Aisha Tyler, who obviously knows her way around a cynical and hilarious cartoon take on pop culture tropes and really brings it here. Big ups for featuring Groundhawk, a character from the comic book that's a pisstake on Wolverine.

- Worst one: "I'm Your Pusher", written by Garth Ennis, who created the comic, and featuring versions of the characters much more like the comics. I gave up on the comics series about 2/3 of the way through, and was very glad that the series departs from the comics in many non-trivial ways; if you were a fan of the comics, then I guess you'll like this better.

- Most like Rick and Morty: "An Animated Short Where Pissed-Off Supes Kill Their Parents", co-written by R&M co-creator Justin Roiland. Does what it says on the tin.

- Most sentimental: "John and Sun-Hee", written (surprisingly) by Andy Samberg. Not what I'd expect from him at all.

- Most likely to be in continuity with the TV series: "One Plus One Equals Two".

- Most full of shit: "BFFS". But in a good way.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:59 AM on March 5, 2022

I like the fourth episode, the furry / social media episode. Well written and enjoyable.
posted by Nelson at 9:49 PM on March 7, 2022

I was about to give up on this as a complete shitlord wasteland -- the Garth Ennis episode might be the most literally true to the comic, but in spirit (ie. taking the most edgelord crap that the series sensibly sanded off and shoving it gleefully in your face) it's really middle of the pack -- but ironically the "shitlord" episode (BFFS) was actually delightful, and might be enough to keep me around.
posted by bjrubble at 5:11 PM on March 10, 2022

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