The Boys writer Garth Ennis has said that he has no desire to revisit the superhero genre once the series has concluded.
The Preacher creator said that he is planning to focus on creator-owned ventures when the Dynamite Entertainment title wraps up with November’s issue #72.
“Hopefully, it’ll be the last time I ever have to write superheroes, satirically or not. But that’s a big ‘hopefully’. The industry seems to me to be becoming less creator-friendly, less inclined towards creator-owned projects,” he told CBR.
“Page rates are being reduced, contracts are being cut, and I personally see things like Before Watchmen as a none-too-subtle message about how DC in particular regards talent, properties and so on. So I’m going to carry on focusing on creator-owned original properties and hoping for the best.
“At the end of the day, you have to be realistic – it’s all well and good to talk about the capes and tights crowd, but what that actually translates as is roughly 97% of the industry and its readership. All I can do is cross my fingers and carry on doing what I do.”
The Boys, illustrated by Darick Robertson, casts a violently satirical eye over the conventions of superhero comics and corporate America. It originally launched under DC Comics’ now defunct WildStorm imprint, but moved to Dynamite after the former publisher deemed it too risqué.
The Boys concludes with issue #72 in November.