Comic books and tabletop games go hand in hand. It’s hard to find a comic book shop that doesn’t have board games on the shelf or vice versa.
It only makes sense that The Boys is getting the same board game treatment that Marvel and DC have been putting out for a while now. In fact, this series flew under the radar for many before its television series released on Amazon Prime in 2019.
If you’re not familiar with The Boys, the comic book series is set between 2006 and 2008 in a universe where superheroes exist. Although, not quite in the same way as the DC or Marvel universe. Superheroes in The Boys fall into their celebrity status and make terrible decisions because of it, often making the world less safe than if they hadn’t done anything. The Boys series has some of the best anti-hero plot lines out there. The series ended on its 72nd issue in 2012.
The creators of the board game, 1First Games, gained the rights to the game at the New York Comic-Con in 2019. After beginning work on the game, COVID made some waves in the production. The team used Tabletop Simulator, Zoom, and Slack to make this project come to life while staying safe in the post epidemic world. The results seem pretty solid since this is the first game that the studio has created.
The game centers around playing a CIA agent with the not-so-fun job of putting away the leader of the superhero group The Seven. Not just anyone wants to join this battle though, so gathering allies through coercion or just beating them into submission is one of the centerpieces of the gameplay.
The board games art is similar to the comics as opposed to the television show, which looks great. Likewise, the 5 miniatures that come with the game look really good.
Overall, the gameplay seems like it will be solid and the components appear like they’ll be at least good if not great. For the $60 price tag of the game, it’s definitely worth backing this one if you’re a fan of the comic book series.
If you’re not that into the series, there are lots of other games out there that command the same price tag and will 100% deliver. Since this game has already hit the backing goal on Kickstarter, it might be worth waiting for the reviews.