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Does V24 From The Boys Season 3 Exist In The Comics?

Contains spoilers for "The Boys" Season 3

While fans are prepared for the same old team of rough-around-the edge heroes sticking it to the sociopathic Supes in "The Boys," they might not have expected just how much balance will be brought to the battlefield this time around. As revealed in the trailer, Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) is given a godlike advantage such that when the "heroes" hit, the leader of the Boys will finally be able to hit back.

For fans whose introduction to "The Boys" began with Amazon's Emmy-nominated show (via Television Academy), it's a whole new ball game between the good guys, the bad guys, and the bad good guys. However, for die-hard fans of the hero-hammering gang from the comics, it's a chapter they expected to see from the beginning. As with a lot of the story adapted to the screen, specific plot points from the comic have been stirred and shot into different parts of the live-action timeline, and the most recent dose involves Butcher's new secret weapon.

V24 is a different bit of medicine from what's in the comics

When it comes to the switches and similarities regarding powers in the comic and its televised counterpart, the plot points are really in the blood. In Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's epic tale, Compound V is the only special sauce on the market used on both sides of the ongoing war.

Supes, much like in the show, are fed the stuff from birth, turning them into the pure-blood cape-wearers we know and fear, but when it comes to the Boys themselves, Butcher isn't the only one to give himself a hit of the temporary variety — Frenchie (Tomer Capone) and Hughie (Jack Quaid) do so as well. With Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) and Mother's Milk (Laz Alonso) getting this dose by other means, all of the Boys are temporarily powered up from the off.

While Butcher is the only one in the series to take the meds so far, there's no telling whether the rest of the mere mortals on the team will join him eventually. For now, we can't wait to see how he handles the super side effects as "The Boys" continues down its dark and slippery slope on Amazon Prime next week.