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

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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,622 ratings  ·  47 reviews
It had to happen sooner or later: the supes get mad enough to go after the Boys. One of the world's most powerful superteams decides to hit our heroes, all guns blazing, and the Female is the first to fall into their lethal trap. The sixth Dynamite collection of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys is here, complete with a cover gallery.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 23rd 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
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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.)
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
Adam
Love the origin stories, especially The Female.
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
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Alex Murphy
You get what you expect with The Boys: swearing, extreme violence, nudity. You either like it or you don't and if your reading this far into the series, you've got like it (or be mad).
However this seems a bit of a mis-step. After an interesting beginning with characters like Stormfront, it moves into telling some of the characters back stories. While Mother's Milk's story is good, Frenchie's seems very stereotypical, and while the Female has good story, ruined by just ripping off entire dialogue
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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
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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
Lauri
Päris hea. Esimene pool tegeles natsi-Saksa superkangelasega kes küll miskipärast kuulus Ameerika superkangelaste tiimi. Kiire kuid fataalse cameo tegi kommunistlik supersangar Armuvorst, hüüdega "Suck the Love Sausage, germanski pig!" saatel löödi supernats roundhouse-kick'iga kooma. Esimene pool oli väga vägivaldne aga samas väga lõbus.
Teises pooles hakkasid kõik korraga Hughie'le oma lugusid pajatama. See tähendab, Mother's Milk, Frenchie ja Frenchie pajatas ka Female'i loo. Butcher jäi salad
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Patrick Day
A definite improvement over the last couple of volumes in this series. The puerile sex jokes have been replaced by repulsive ultra-violence, which is a refreshing change of pace, believe it or not. The whole point of this story is to take everything over the top and Ennis is still succeeding. It's also nice to see the origin stories of some of "The Boys."
Jason
After the last volume being a quiet affair this volume is finally back to basics...Violence, violence, violence and a bit more violence.

Fantastic graphics again and a top notch story, you also get plenty of background on Mothers Milk, Frenchie and The Female.

By far the strongest volume in the series so far. Looking forward to more.
Ryk Stanton
After a bit of slow storytelling, this one really stepped it up. For the first time, it is not The Boys who are after a superteam, it is a superteam that is after The Boys. Very violent, very gory, but very good if you like this sort of thing. It's not always what I like (I have milder tastes) but the storytelling and characters are exceptional.
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
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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
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David Frank
You're trying too hard.
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!
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