I know The Boys had already managed to cross all the limits of the absurd in its live-action version, Diabólicos arrives on Amazon Prime Video to prove to us that the creative source of Eric Kripke, Seth Rogen e Evan Goldberg manages to be even more grotesquely impressive. The new series, derived from the hugely successful television series, is a peculiar experiment aimed at an adult audience, which challenges our perception of normality and explores the underworld of supes through stories that flirt with the diverse artistic styles we grew up loving as children.
And perhaps this is precisely one of the most conflicting aspects of The Boys Presents: Evil. Referencing the animated styles and formats used by Warner Bros. in the Looney Tunes and even in classic Japanese drawings like Sailor Moon e Super Pig, the new production delivers random tales drawn from the shadows of the original series’ main universe, always in an anthological and disturbing way. Using the episodes as a way to also establish possible new stories, Evil ones flirts with the main plot where we follow Os Sete, as it explores even more bizarre and excluded characters, who live hybrid journeys between comedy, horror and even between the trash genre.
Bringing acclaimed Hollywood guests both on the original voice acting team as well as among the screenwriters, Evil ones benefits directly from the credibility and success of The Boys and brings together uncomfortable, heavy and some even somewhat…captivating short stories. Breaking new barriers, the series is fed up with the infinite possibilities that animation allows to bring to the screen and creates new diverse and controversial characters that confront our perception of reality. And with bizarre stories that involve the mass murder of parents, the decimation of children with malformations by the superhero serum and even a super power to produce talking excrement (???), the series is literally the pinnacle of its title: diabolic, perverse and too much even for fans of The Boys.
Technically and aesthetically speaking, the new animated series is a beautiful creative range, which explores its artistic references very well – bringing the factor of exaggeration as a hallmark of its stories. But even though it makes powerful and really important social critiques, many of the conflicts and reflections proposed by The Boys Presents: Diabolical are lost by the abuses of the perversity of their tales.
And although at first it seems to be acceptable to digest the degree of violence of its animated protagonists, at the end of its eight episodes, we discover that the bloodthirsty that exists there is unnecessary and sins for precisely distancing itself from the excellent debates that The Boys always nurtured in its live action form. And in the end, there is still an uncomfortable and inevitable question before us, as an audience: To what extent is it healthy and acceptable to watch so much gratuitous and terrifying violence for the simple pleasure of entertainment? Here is the question.