If you’re a fan of superhero movies and television and you haven’t checked out Amazon’s The Boys yet, then you are in for a treat. It is dark, gritty, and wildly different from other comic book properties that have been adapted for the big and small screen. Yet as wildly dark as the television show is, the property’s original medium is even more f@#$d up. That brings us to today’s featured hero, Mother’s Milk (M.M.). Be forewarned, I’m focusing on the version of Mother’s Milk from the comics only; however, since there has only been one season from the show, there may be some light spoilers.
Mother’s Milk—real name unspecified, maybe it’s Marvin—is the second-in-command of the CIA covert team known as The Boys. The Boys have one primary objective-to police the super-powered community who have become corrupt due to their celebrity and wanton abandon. First appearing in The Boys #2, M.M. is different from his compatriots; he was born with Compound V, a serum that causes individuals to develop superhuman abilities- in his body. This is where he got his nickname from as he had to continue being breastfed well into his advanced years due to his body needing continued ingestion of Compound V.
After the death of his father and brother, Mother’s Milk was tasked with taking care of his mother, his wife, and his daughter. In order to do so, he joined the United States Army and became an Army heavyweight boxer. It would be in the championship bout in which Mother’s Milk’s abilities of increased strength and stamina would manifest. The manifestation would result in the death of his opponent by way of the opponent’s head being punched off. After being released from the Army M.M. was approached for recruitment into The Boys.
What M.M. brings to The Boys, other than his intimidating strength, are his investigative skills that he learned from his father prior to his death. His calm and patient demeanor helps keep the team on track when their leader, Butcher, goes off the rails. Though he is a very particular individual, he is an invaluable member of the team. Even in the most messed up moments (and there are so many of them) in his professional and personal life, he stays true to the mission.
Brandon Blackmon was born and raised in Clinton, NC. After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology. He attended Pfeiffer University where he received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist. Brandon is a proud blerd (Black nerd) and a firm advocate and believer that representation matters in all forms of media.