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Amazon’s The Boys: Comparing Mother’s Milk From the Show to the Comic

How does “The Boys” TV show Mother’s Milk differ from the one in the comics?

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Amazon’s The Boys continues to be one other most popular shows on any streaming platform. According to Deadline.com, the viewing numbers are double what they were from the previous season and they continue to bring in millions of viewers. It’s so popular that the second season hasn’t finished and season three was announced it’s getting a spinoff to boot. This isn’t shocking. The program is phenomenal. The random outrageous moments are what made The Boys popular. It’s continued greatness in its story and character development is what keeps people watching and attracting new viewers.

Fans of The Boys comic may not like all of the changes that were made. This writer is included in that statement. That said, none of us can deny that the show has done a great job keeping its soul. For example, there’s Homelander. Despite being one of the most intimidating characters in TV history, he’s as easily manipulated as he is physically strong. Something that’s similar to the comic. It may not be on the level we’re seeing in the show, but there are some similarities. One of the more intriguing cases is with Mother’s Milk. There are a lot of things that separate the show from the comic, but there are definitely some things they share in common. Here are some examples of both.

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Powers

The most notable difference between the show and The Boys comic book series is powers. In the comic, all of The Boys had super strength. For Mother’s Milk, he didn’t need a shot of Compound V to get them. Unlike The Female (who received her powers at an early age in an unfortunate way) M.M. was born with his. The regrettably part is that he needed his mother’s breast milk to keep him from becoming shriveled up. Even as an adult. Usually, he keeps a reserve in a flask.  Other times he has to go right to the source. Something that’s caused him all sorts of issues as an adult. 

This is an alteration that I’ll gladly get behind. It was disturbing in the comic book. Imagine how bad it would be in the show. Yes, we’ve seen some weird things in the program. Like M.M. almost gets choked out by an elongated penis. But no one wanted to see Laz Alonso sucking milk from his mother’s teat. We don’t even need it implied. It’ll be interesting to see if they get into his relationship with his mother in detail and if it has anything to do with his name. 

A family man

Mother’s Milk in The Boys comic did not have a healthy relationship with his wife or his daughter. His child’s mother was a drug addict who didn’t care about their daughter. So much so that she brought her daughter to see her pimp/drug dealer while she got high. She was a baby at the time. His daughter’s story is unfortunate. She didn’t have a chance from the start. The Compound V M.M. had at birth was carried into her DNA. She had the body of a nineteen-year-old when she was twelve. She got her first period when she was six. At twelve, she did a mother-daughter porno with her actual mother. All of this contributed to her tragic life.

In the show, M.M. has a healthy relationship with his wife and daughter. They love each other. M.M. gets made fun of because he seems whipped. M.M. doesn’t care. Sure, you can tell that it annoys him, but he’s okay with it. At the end of the day, he had a loving home to go to. Hopefully, he’ll regain that happiness sometime soon. You can tell that it’s killing him. All he wants to do is make sure he finishes the Vermont Country Dollhouse. Actually, the exact quote was, “If you’re the f*cking reason I can’t finish that Vermont Country Dollhouse, I will f*cking end you.” 

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The OCD

Here is something that both M.M.’s have in common. They have OCD. It’s uncanny how similar they are in that sense. It makes you wonder which one has it worse. On the show, M.M. does random things like tap the steering wheels before making turns in a vehicle. I could see him doing this in the comic book. Just like it’s believable that he’d use wet wipes for everything. Heck, it’s making me want to use them more than I do.

The comic book series showed him being slightly worse. There’s no way Mother’s Milk would have worked in Frenchie’s dirty, most likely disease infested base. He’d lose his mind. Not only is it dark and wet, but the people there also have no order. M.M. needs everything to be in place. If not, he’s likely to lose it. He yells at people for not putting coasters under their drink. Imagine how he’d react when someone came in bleeding all over the place. 

He cares

This is something that both Mother’s Milk’s have in common. They actually care about people and have a disdain for evil.  Regardless of the necessity of violence, they want to do good and without using unnecessary force. A perfect example of M.M.’s heart is episode four of season five. M.M. wants nothing to do with Starlight. He especially doesn’t want her on their trip to South Carolina. Nonetheless, he lets her join their trip. While at a restaurant, M.M. and Starlight bond over a donut. It sounds silly, but it was a sweet moment. M.M. even opens up about his father. Something he hasn’t even done with Hughie. 

We also have the scene inside the whale. Hughie was ready to give up. Just stay in the carcass of the dead sea animal and wait for whatever was coming. Butcher didn’t care. He was ready to leave Hughie there and move on. Thankfully, M.M. wasn’t willing to do that. M.M. went into the whale and told Hughie that he didn’t leave that he wasn’t either. He was prepared to sacrifice his life and risk never seeing his family all just to make sure Hughie didn’t give up his life and freedom. The ultimate selfless act. 

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In conclusion

What we have here is the best version The Boys could with Mother’s Milk. I appreciate that the Black Man with a crackhead child’s mother wasn’t used. It would have enforced stereotypes that all black people are on drugs. In a time like this, it would have hurt. The biggest takeaway is that M.M. is a positive figure in both the comic book and the TV show. They’re both incredibly smart, meticulous, and loving human beings. It takes away from the “big black guy” theory. We aren’t all running around like cavemen nor are e ignorant people. We can be just as loving as anyone else. For The Boys, M.M. is the heart and soul of the team as well as the show. 

What do you think of Mother’s Milk in The Boys? Is he better or worse than in the comic books? Let us know in the comments below.

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