The Boys: ‘The Seven’ – How They Look In The Show vs. Comic Books

The Boys, which is based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book series, has so far consisted of multiple seasons. The show itself was adapted by Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg. The first two seasons debuted in mid-2019. Since its premiere, the series has been consistently renewed before each new season has dropped while continuing to win over viewers with praise – mainly surrounding its action sequences, comedy, and ensemble cast.

Both the series and comic began with Butcher’s Boys, a highly-trained task force that sought to police the superhero community in The City. The team, led by Grace Muller (Heroine of the story), is comprised of Billy Butcher and a mechanic named Frenchie. They handle cases such as finesse crimes and illegal crimes committed by superhumans. With that being said, here is how the Seven look in the comics vs. the show –

Homelander

Homelander in The Seven
Homelander in The Seven

He is patriotic, angry and likes to be the boss which is more like The Punisher. Played by Antony Starr, Homelander served as the face of The Seven from the start of the series and also frequently serves as their voice. You might argue that Homelander is actually worse than his comic book counterpart. In terms of appearance, Homelander doesn’t need all the special effects applied to him like a bowler hat that gives him some bulk on his head like in comics. Instead, Homelander has a big body frame just like Sasquatch or Man Mountain Marko since he is a member of the team but does not have an original power due to Apocalypse’s death.

Starlight

Starlight in The Seven
Starlight in The Seven

She is perhaps a unique character, quite fascinating in many ways. Superhero outfits and comic books are the two subjects that people love to bring up most often when they’re discussing her. So much so that even Hughie has at least once taken Jerry’s Starman costume for a spin. But Starlight hasn’t always been depicted as wearing such attire. In fact, her original costume was far more simplified. It had no cape or even knee-high boots. It was just an ordinary leotard with star-spangled panties and golden gauntlets for the arms and legs. She also lacked an eye patch of any kind. That all changed once she joined The Seven during season 1 of The Boys which has quickly evolved into her iconic superhero persona.

Queen Maeve

Queen Maeve in The Seven
Queen Maeve in The Seven

Portrayed by Dominique McElligott, Queen Maeve was known as The Seven’s resident warrior. Her looks and personality are very similar to her comic counterparts — frequently numbing herself with alcohol but stepping up to support her fellow girl Supers by either telling them of their potential or personally helping them step outside their comfort zones.

A-Train

A-Train in The Seven
A-Train in The Seven

Portrayed by Jessie Usher, A-Train was the fastest man on The Seven. As such, his character was race-swapped from the comics to the show. This was largely to tie into the idea that the show’s A-Train was more of an athlete than a superhero desperately trying to stay at the top of his game. Usher’s version had shorter hair and maintained a trimmed goatee beard, which contrasted the comic’s clean-shaven look and boy band hairstyle. The comic book version also had much bulkier muscles.

Black Noir

Black Noir in The Seven
Black Noir in The Seven

On the show, Black Noir AKA Gregory Wolfe is similar to his comic book self. First and foremost, Black Noir’s look on Heroes714 is very different from the comics. While in the comics Black Noir wears an all-black bodysuit, in Heroes714 he wears more modern style armour like that of newer superheroes such as Batman or Daredevil.

The Deep

The Deep in The Seven
The Deep in The Seven

Portrayed by Chace Crawford, The Deep struggled with living up to his full potential. His name aptly described the lonely and deep water he has found himself in on more than one occasion. Despite being a member of The Seven, the boy wonder has failed time and time again and finds him isolated from this group of young guns who are constantly moving down their separate paths. While he was more pastiche of classics in the comic world, the TV show counterpart presented a broader part of his appearance.

Stormfront

Stormfront in The Seven
Stormfront in The Seven

Portrayed by Aya Cash, Stormfront was one of the many characters added to The Boys’ cast of possible foes. In the comics, Stormfront was depicted as a man who wore his bigotry proudly. On the show, this character had been gender-swapped and re-imagined as a short, attractive woman. This was by design to highlight how things had changed in modern times.

Lamplighter

Shawn Ashmore as Lamplighter in The Seven
Shawn Ashmore as Lamplighter in The Seven

Lamplighter, a version of The Boys’ tamer vigilante played by Shawn Ashmore, was the biggest surprise of season 2. And it wasn’t only because he was alive. The second kiss between Hughie and Mallory came surprisingly naturally, too. While the Ashmore-portrayed Lamplighter’s last appearance was in the fallout of a page, his break came as the result of his own actions, even if he didn’t realize they were such at first. With that being said, Lamplighter’s costume has essentially remained the same from his days on the page. He was always wearing just a simple mask; however, some of his outfits in the Arrowverse have had extra pieces to them.

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