'The Boys Presents: Diabolical' Review: Animated spin-off is bloody and bingeable
As far as R-rated animations go, Amazon Prime Video's 'The Boys Presents: Diabolical' takes the cake for being weird, bloody, and absolutely gory. But, it is a thoroughly funny spin-off of 'The Boys', one of the streamer's most successful shows in the last three years. The anthology series runs at just over 12 minutes per episode making it binge-able. This one's for the fans of the hit superhero series, and the best part are the episodes that don't include the key character appearances.
Eight episodes and each of these have blood generously splashed on screen. The violence is out there and it's damn outrageous. The characters are goofy, yet dangerous and deranged in their own way. One of the episodes is about a baby who can shoot Laser beams from her eyes, there's a dude with breasts for eyes and a man with literally hot and heavy testicles. As far as spoilers go, one of the episodes is comic accurate and the writing is impressive and so is the list of writers —Seth Rogen, Justin Roiland, Andy Samberg, Awkwafina, Aisha Tyler, and Ilana Glazer.
There is enough of 'The Boys' in the series to set up for the new season. The shorts are a perfect example of how crisp writing and simple animation are an enjoyable affair. And it doesn't require you to watch the first two seasons of the live-action show. This is a world within a world and is pretty much content to fill in until Season 3 makes arrival in June. Most episodes center around Compound V and talk about how superpowers aren't a boon all the time. One of the episodes sees parents use the mixture to have superhero kids who come out in different shapes, sizes, and mentalities.
The end result: Gory murder of their folks before being sliced to pieces by Homelander. Another classic V material. None of these stories is something concrete to debate to speculate about as they're pretty breezy and forgettable. What the series does is maintain the same tone and narrative as the OG show and almost certainly succeeds. Ideally, this is content that needn't have been made, but it has and is sure to leave fans thrilled.
'The Boys Presents: Diabolical' premieres March 4 on Prime Video.