The Boys are back in town for what has, ahead of its premiere, been announced to be its penultimate season. The over-the-top superhero satire series will be returning to Prime Video for Season 4 on June 13, with three episodes, followed by weekly releases. As reviews have begun to spring up online, we’re rounding up review excerpts below to help you get an idea of what’s ahead for the show.

GameSpot gave the season an 8/10. Reviewer Megan Vick notes that the two-year wait since Season 3’s (literally) explosive ending, the rollercoaster ahead is more than worth the wait—it’s a sequence of episodes with a tangle of interweaving storylines that iron themselves out to delivers emotional depth, shocking moments, and a setup for the final season.

The Boys, led by Eric Kripke, stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, and Erin Moriarty. Season 4 introduces new cast members including Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rob Benedict, Eliot Knight, Rosemarie DeWitt as Hughie’s mother, and Simon Pegg reprising his role as Hughie’s father, Hugh Campbell, Sr.

For a glimpse of review scores and excerpts, check out the selection below, or visit GameSpot’s sister site Metacritic for more critical consensus.

The Boys Season 4

  • Showrunner: Eric Kripke
  • Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capone, Karen Fukuhara, Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit, Cameron Crovetti, Susan Heyward, Valorie Curry, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
  • Premiere Date: June 13

GameSpot — 8/10

“The Boys Season 4 is the first time the series has shown strain under the story weight of its massive cast. Everyone is on their own separate journey at the beginning of the season… [but] The Boys Season 4 makes up for any minor frustrations in the beginning with another jaw-dropping end.” — Megan Vick [Full review]

Paste Magazine — Score

“The Boys has been one of the best shows on television for years now, and continues to cement its place in the pantheon with its deft blend of drama, gore, political commentary, and surrealism. The series is a pressure cooker that only gets hotter and tighter as it goes on.” — Trent Moore [Full review]

The Daily Beast — No Score

“As sharp as anything on television–not to mention as outrageous as ever, its satire infused with trademark X-rated explicitness… The Boys is chock full of plot, and it only gets more complicated in this return engagement.” — Nick Schager [Full review]

Collider — 70/100

“This season, more than any other, feels like a solid setup for the eventual endgame–not just Homelander’s, but a natural, compelling, and most importantly satisfying, endpoint to the entire series… As The Boys Season 4 is beginning to prove, too much of a good thing can still be too much.” — Garrett Blaney [Full review]

IndieWire — 83

“It’s mostly impressive how deftly The Boys’ dramatic side balances its many arcs, while the black comedy’s demented inventiveness helps distract from any lingering deficiencies. Rattling them off would spoil the weekly joy of discovering each bizarre development, but rest assured: My notes on Season 4 are littered with ‘oh god’s’ and ‘hoo boy’s,’ all of which denote a particularly gnarly set piece or horrific marvel of creature design.” — Ben Travers [Full review]

RogerEbert.com — 80/100

“Beyond the gross-out moments and fun fight scenes, it feels like the series is finally growing up, without losing its urgency or build-up to a phenomenal season finale. If anything, the languid pace aids in multiple points of no return, and it’s clear that once this season is over, the universe The Boys exists in will forever be changed.” — Kaiya Shunyata [Full review]