Welcome back to another video. As we continue with The Boys: Diabolical reviews, today we will discuss the third episode, ” I’m Your Pusher.” If you want to know about the first two episodes, look for them in our channel! “Diabolical” is a sarcastic foray into the world of “The Boys.” It’s an animated binge for adults that’s entertaining, aggressive, and hilarious.
It never becomes too deep or profound and doesn’t add anything to the parent series’ plot beyond amusement. And it is unquestionably entertaining. “Diabolical” is an ambitious and lighthearted antidote to the more pessimistic and gloomy parent series, written by apparent fans and architects of the universe. The many animation techniques add to the tale’s unpredictability, humour, gore, and enjoyment.
Episode 3 – I’m Your Pusher
The Boys: Diabolical isn’t only influenced by the realm of animation. Garth Ennis, the original writer of The Boys comic books, wrote “I’m Your Pusher.” Ennis’ contribution reflects the look of Darick Robertson’s comic artwork rather than copying a specific animation technique from the past or present.
Every shot feels like it might be a panel from the comic series, but none more so than the wide-eyed, sweating image of a sky-high Great Wide Wonder, which evokes Robertson’s style. His crazed look is eerily similar to Homelander, SwingWing, and other characters on the printed page that have equally deranged gurns.
When Billy Butcher and Wee Hughie emerge, they are the real-life equivalents of Karl Urban and Jack Quaid, and the same is true for Homelander and Queen Maeve. They don’t look like the actors but like how they are shown in the comics.
The chapter begins with a bang at the door, as Billy Butcher arrives at O.D.’s house and inquires about the children’s blood. Ya, you heard everything right. O.D is an abbreviation of Oswald Denekee, a drug dealer who supplies drugs for the supes, particularly those in Seven. What? Oh, you want to know about the Children’s Blood part, getting there soon.
So from Butcher, we get to Know Oswald’s history and the poison choices for these supes. Like Iron Cast drinks Blood of Dead Children, particularly of children who died due to a blood terminal disease like Leukemia. He supplies Crystal Meth for A-Train and Jack from Jupiter. Queen Maeves’ choice is “Happy Pills.” Unsurprisingly Homelander does Coke, and this particular chapter’s subject character or supe, Great Wide Wonder, takes “Heroin Enema.” Ugh!
Butcher passes over a serum and orders O.D. to use it to patch up Great Wide Wonder. If not, he’ll contact the DEA and, consequently, throw him in prison. Talking about throwing, he also threatened to throw him outside the building from the balcony. So, why is Butcher seeking vengeance on the Great Wide Wonder? Well, the Supe has apparently killed multiple individuals, much like many of The Seven, and he intends to play judge, jury, and executioner with no remorse.
The next day, when Homelander was ready to induct Great Wide Wonder into the Superhero Hall Of Fame, Great Wide Wonder, who had become intoxicated by the serum, began soaring around, losing control, and finally bursting through Ironcast and exploding in a gory mess on the wall.
As Homelander, Jack from Jupiter, and Maeve watch on, and the latter uses her fast wits to devise a plan to divert the crowds’ attention, vowing to “avenge” Great Wide Wonder by flying up to the sun and landing on a make-believe war satellite. Butcher and Hughie leave O.D. in a blubbering mess as they walk away from the drama.
This chapter doesn’t have much gore and violence if you compare it to the previous two. It has particularly one scene of violence that too in the end, but that one scene is really messed up. Most crucially, this chapter fulfills some long-held fan fantasies by returning to the books’ original format and eventually hiring Simon Pegg to voice Hughie Campbell – for those unaware, the character was based on Pegg, specifically in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
What do we Think?
Diabolical demonstrates a commitment to a wide range of views and animation techniques. It respects some of the fandom’s lesser-known areas while boosting the medium’s tried-and-true favourites in both familiar and surprising ways.
The Boys Presents: Diabolical isn’t out to create something new. It would be pointless because The Boys is already distinct and surprising. What it does, though, is remind audiences — and pretty well, we should add — that animation isn’t only for children. Each episode serves as a bizarre little tale within The Boys’ ever-expanding universe, proving that sometimes the best way to get the medication down is to smack us in the face with a colossal cartoon anvil.
This particular episode effectively seems like pages pulled directly from The Boys’ comic, paying respect to the graphic novel that began it all with a simple vengeance plot. It also works effectively, highlighting the struggle that occupies most of The Boy’s runtime while portraying these characters in their original animated incarnations. While there is an open ending to everything, given the show’s anthological framework, it isn’t a deal-breaker; instead, it keeps us excited about what will come in the next episode.
What I like about this series is that it takes an organic amount of time to build up as the story is getting more messed up as each episode ends and the next one starts. I cannot wait to see the next one and review it. I wouldn’t say I like to give stars, but I will give this episode a solid four out of five stars. Why four? Because I think the chapters from here are about to get more messed up!
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