The Boys, Volume 6: The Self-Preservation Society
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The Boys, Volume 6: The Self-Preservation Society (The Boys #6)

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You can only maim and murder so many superheroes before someone decides to do something about it, and in The Boys' case that means Payback - a superteam of unimaginable power, second only to the mighty Seven! Pulping teenage supes is one thing, but how will our heroes fare against Soldier Boy, Mind-Droid, Swatto, the Crimson Countess, and the Nazi juggernaut known as Storm...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Dynamite Entertainment
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Mike
Wow, talk about taking it up a notch. Just like I'd suspected a couple of books ago, the slow burn and character development they've been doing lately just increases the impact of balls-out action that we get here.

Then we slow down again and get deep inside the origin stories (finally!) of most of The Boys. As fantastically absurd and over the top these stories each are, it's amazing to me how well Ennis weaves in emotional notes that really connect me with these characters. And Robertson evokes...more
Gavin
Well now, THAT was damn entertaining, and moving. (Somehow a foul mouthed Brit wrote the best tribute comic to 9-11 that I've read). Here it's the Brooklyn Bridge, but the sentiments are the same, beautifully conveyed by Ennis (yes, beautiful and Ennis in the same sentence).

Here we get a closer look inside of Mother's Milk, the Frenchman, and the Female. The Frenchman's is a little silly, but that's OK, MM's is great. There's also a huge throw-down with Payback, the #2 VA team. One of the team i...more
Patrick
You could make an argument for the fact that the true focus of this story *is* the characters. Their relationships and how they change and grow.

This is especially true of the relationship between Wee Hughie and Butcher. You could argue that the entire story is about the two of them. About their relationship.

Though personally, my *favorite* relationship was probably between the Frenchman and the Female.

(Continued in book 7.)
Laura
This was one of the better volumes in my opinion as the 5th one felt like it'd slightly lost it way and unlike vol 5 this one had some major substance! The Boys will always remain a gritty series so it's not for the light hearted by any shape or form but it was wonderful to see it play out differently...Yes, still all the gore, some sex, lots of swearing as per norm but after vol.5 this one felt like it was right on track, as you're given back stories to all the characters except Butcher (cannot...more
Ariane
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Tom
Finally! I've been wanting two things from the Boys since Vol 1: their individual back stories and to see some consequences for their actions. Thus far the Boys have terrorised the superhero community with almost no repercussions and don't get me wrong it's been great to see them put the supes in their place but sooner or later someone was going to take a swing at them and now it's finally happening.
The first half of this volume sees the Boys having to go on the defensive as they are targeted by...more
Sam Quixote
The Self Preservation Society is a triumphant return to the level of storytelling found in "The Name of the Game" and "Good for the Soul" after the misfire that was "Herogasm". Vought American decide to do something about The Boys and send their second best supes out to sort them out. Leading them is a Nazi superhero called Stormfront who takes out The Female and Mother's Milk leaving it up to Butcher to sort it out. A great character from earlier in the series shows up in the finale and it's su...more
Federiken Masters
Mar 02, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los mismos.
Recommended to Federiken by: Lo mismo
Pero qué tapa engañosa, dentro del tomo esa escena ni aparece (*). Truquito de la silver-age al margen, es un muy buen tomo, y nuevamente roza las cuatro estrellitas en varias partes. La primera mini-saga, donde The Boys de nuevo tienen que demostrar que son los más poronga, está muy bien pensada y ejecutada, lástima que hay algún dibujante medio pelo a cargo de alguno de los capítulos. Pero la mejor parte del tomo es la segunda, donde comienzan con los Secret Origins de varios Boys. La historia...more
Timothy Boyd
This volume really picks up the pace of the story line in Ennis's anti Superhero comic. If you want to see a world where the superheroes you think you know are different then pick up this comic. Very recommended
Ria
I was a little exhausted by some of the more excessive elements of Herogasm (which I appreciate is quite a "well duh" kind of statement when applied to a Garth Ennis series, but hey, it's the truth) so the first half of The Self-Preservation Society, whilst entertaining as ever, had me a bit worried that I would lose interest in the series. But then the second half came along and put my mind to rest, providing delightfully demented back stories for three of The Boys as well as showing more tanta...more
JM
And in this one the Boys face their version of the Avengers as Vought deals with the aftermath of their X-Men analogues' fate.
Gayle Francis Moffet
The first half of this trade is The Boys getting a beatdown for the beatdowns they've been throwing at the supes for the whole run. I liked it a lot, heavily due to the fact that it reminded me Ennis doesn't allow anyone to get away with anything in his world, not even if those people are the protagonists you keep expecting to win the day. The second half of the trade is back story issues, lightly woven together from the end of the last arc when Hughie gets told he's gonna get everyone's stories...more
Brendan Nicholls
finally the series is back on track with a dark volume of revenge. the boys are tested and we finally see some back story of certain character
Mikael Kuoppala
“The Boys” has always been a somewhat hit-and-miss concept for me. Starting out with goofiness and shock effects the series has gradually grown into a politically fascinating approximation of a society containing people with superpowers and as such has served as a good vessel for gutsy commentary about our own world.

“The Self Preservation Society” contains one longer story that is one of the weakest offerings this series has made. But the volume is saved by fascinating, surprising and hilarious...more
Jeff Raymond
It's ultimately difficult to rate this as anything specific, since there are really a bunch of stories in this as opposed to one unifying arc. The most "important" story, I suppose, was with the superheroes going after The Boys, and that was probably the least interesting for me. The retcon storyline was pretty funny even though it read like a typical argument on Tumblr, but the best by far were the couple of origin stories.

I'm still in on this series. It's different, and I guess I've gotten use...more
Evan
A return to form for Garth Ennis. Gross out gags and unbelievably graphic violence abound. The first half of the trade is amazing, continuing the primary story line and having an unhealthy amount of fun murdering Supes. The second half goes into the origin stories of the Female of the Species, Frenchie, and Mother's Milk. I'm not really a fan of origins for some reason, but the Mother's Milk origin had just enough to keep me hooked. Pick it up if your a fan of Ennis, violence, or fart jokes.
Jessica
This one has been my favorite by far! I loved the origin stories, and I learned a bit of French.
Zuleika
Favorite volume so far, mainly thanks to the origins. Frenchie's backstory was hilarious (so many French stereotypes...awesome), but M.M's and The Female's made me cry (call me lame, whatever. If you did not atleast let out one single manly tear for M.M and/or The Female then you have no heart) Also we find out why M.M is called M.M (which actually should have been friggin obvious, but still made me reel back a bit and let out a horrified laugh.)
I love you Garth Ennis
Sharon
Individual issues on comixology
Terry
A typical collection of The Boys introduces a parody of a popular Marvel or DC comics superhero team who end up being brutally dismantled by Butcher and company. Volume 6 retains the superhero parody, but this time the capes are on the attack.

All of which would be satisfying enough, but we finally get origin stories for The Boys, see Starlight rebel against a retcon and watch Wee Hughie struggle with his faith.
TJ Shelby
While most of The Boys volumes so far have been classic Ennis "shock and awe", this one was actually more about the story than the gratuitousness. We get an amazing insight into The Butcher's mindset as he takes on the world's second most powerful team, Payback, by himself. The gems of the book are the origin stories about Mothers Milk, Frenchie, and The Female.
Brian
Finally some origin stories!
Cathy
Volume 6 got this series back into my good graces. I love Wee Hughie, and his concern about the violence and killing superheroes is key to his ties to morality and his girlfriend (and the reader). The backstory of Mother's Milk was heartbreaking, while Frenchie's was hilarious. All important stories to know.
Shannon Appelcline
The main story has the typical funny violence that’s at the heart of The Boys [7]. The origins stories vary. Mother’s Milk is hard to follow for some reason [6], while the Frenchie one is outright funny [8] and the Female’s is actually insightful [7].
Filipe
The best story so far in this series. We get to know a little bit more about the background of the members of the team, their stories, their problems. A really good and interesting storytelling...
The artwork is amazing as usual. Really good volume.
Tiara
Frenchie in is a lunatic. I love him, though. I think his origin story is like Joker's telling of his story. In all that craziness, there must be a grain of truth, and maybe that's why Ennis told his story like that.
Nicole
I loved this volume. We get back stories for several of The Boys - including Mother's Milk (aka M.M.), The Frenchman, and The Female. And couple that with a side story about a Nazi superhero...enough said.
Alexis
Finally given a bit of a background story into Frenchie, MM, and the Female.
See Solider Boy get his nose ripped off...
And pretty much the usual violent, gushy gore. Great read though, as usual.
Ryan
The Avengers analogues are pretty wild and funny subversions. The origins are awesome and shocking. I guess its redundant to describe anything Ennis write as shocking though.
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