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

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,283 Ratings  ·  69 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 (first published January 1st 2010)
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Stewart Tame
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm apparently incapable of reading the phrase, "The Self-Preservation Society," without hearing the opening bars of the Kinks' "Village Green Preservation Society" in my head, because my brain runs on music references. And caffeine. And cheap puns. Just one of many crosses that I bear ...

Two story arcs in this volume. First, Vought-American sends a team of supes after the Boys. Could this be the end? Of course not, silly. We get to see Butcher do what he does best. A familiar beard returns. And
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.)
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: creator-owned
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
Jesse A
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another good volume. Back to fun.
D'Iberville Library
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The most important aspect of this edition is the background stories. We finally lose the mystery behind M.M., Frenchie, and The Female. Butcher is behind the sudden illumination. He discussed it with M.M. because they could see that Hughie was having a difficult time handling things. Their opening up about their pasts is very abrupt and even Hughie comments on its suddenness. Perhaps they believe that by telling Hughie their stories, he will be more at peace with the level of violence that The B ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
The background stories.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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
Sam Quixote
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shannon Appelcline
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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].
David Frank
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
You're trying too hard.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love the origin stories, especially The Female.
Jennifer Juffer
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This issue is amazing!
It's the meet and greet issue of The Boys. Little Hugie and the reader get an inside tell from the individuals who make up their small but awesomely powerful group of superhero watchers.
It was emotive. It was gruesomely honest in some cases. In every instance, there was one theme- redemption of some form and shape.
It was by far my favorite.
As I closed the last page, I stared at the cover... and wished I could read it all over again, for the first time.
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, 2017, digital, comics
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May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Buen volumen.
Mariano Di Maggio
Sigue manteniendo el nivel de siempre. Excelente Ennis, excelente dibujo.
De las mejores series por lejos que estoy leyendo.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Now that's more like it - back to the good stuff. Brutal, of course. Speeding through....
Michael Hitchcock
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ari Eris
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Feather Mista
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los mismos.
Recommended to Feather 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
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
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Halfway through the series. Vought-American's evil plan is to replace the military with supes. The Boys have been obliterating their way through VA's super-ranks--to the point where VA sends supes to take 'em out...yet the supes STILL haven't been combat trained? What?

Also, why can't the artists agree on what the man from Vought-American looks like?

Also, why did we have to wait until halfway through the series before being introduced to the supporting characters? It's not like they were doing an
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Gayle Francis Moffet
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2013, july-2013
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
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
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rollicking good lark in which the Boys take on the NotAvengers, followed by a dip into the background of three of our favorite supe-bashers. Mother's Milk is a pretty good take on pollution hitting minorities the hardest, Frenchie's is masterful dad jokery of the highest order, and the Female's had me choking up at the recognition of her humanity by the boys.

Also a choice ASTERIX REFERENCE: Female fell in a vat of V as a baby like Obelix. The scientist who carelessly had an open vat of v lying a
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Mikael Kuoppala
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
“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
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Ennis began his comic-writing career in 1989 with the series Troubled Souls. Appearing in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed British anthology Crisis and illustrated by McCrea, it told the story of a young, apolitical Protestant man caught up by fate in the violence of the Irish 'Troubles'. It spawned a sequel, For a Few Troubles More, a broad Belfast-based comedy featuring two supporting ch ...more
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