The Boys, Volume 10: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker

The Boys Volume Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker He could have been a very different man Billy Butcher leader of The Boys once had a chance at another life entirely when the love of a good woman pulled him aside from his dreadful path of violence

  • Title: The Boys, Volume 10: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
  • Author: Garth Ennis Darick Robertson
  • ISBN: 9781606902646
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • He could have been a very different man Billy Butcher, leader of The Boys, once had a chance at another life entirely when the love of a good woman pulled him aside from his dreadful path of violence and despair This is the story of Billy and Becky, told by the man himself from the backstreets of London s East End to the carnage of the Falklands War, from the heightsHe could have been a very different man Billy Butcher, leader of The Boys, once had a chance at another life entirely when the love of a good woman pulled him aside from his dreadful path of violence and despair This is the story of Billy and Becky, told by the man himself from the backstreets of London s East End to the carnage of the Falklands War, from the heights of love to the depths of tragedy And when he s done, he ll be ready to finish things once and for all The Boys, Vol 10 Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker collects issues 1 6 of the hit mini series, The Boys Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, and features all of the covers by Darick Robertson

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    1. the backstory to one of the most sadistic, manipulative anti-heroes in recent comic history is finally told. some fans may lament the lack of action in this volume, but the majority of the violence is between the lines. viewed in the right lightis is one of the MOST violent volumes yet, but shows only a few panels of the nitty gritty.ennis has always had a knack for humanizing the most deplorable of characters (wormwood, cassidy, herr starr) and does not disappoint here. the argument of nature v [...]

    2. High time we learned Butcher's backstory, don't you think? Obviously he was in the military, was married, and blames the Homelander for his wife's death, but we want details.And details are what we get. The framing sequence is Butcher in a funeral parlor telling his life story to his father's body in an open casket. It makes sense as he's not the sort to open up to just anybody. His tale hits all the right buttons. You really feel what his wife meant to him, and get a good sense of what drives h [...]

    3. This book is Butcher’s origin story, starting with his childhood and his violent upbringing leading to joining the Royal Marines and fighting in the Falklands, to falling in love and then losing his wife. He meets Mallory who explains who’s responsible and the two start what will become The Boys. Before reading this I wasn’t sure that Butcher’s origin story needed to be an entire book (after all the others were contained within Vol 6: The Self-Preservation Society and Hughie’s was a br [...]

    4. Wow.So, when it comes to The Boys, I've never really found The Butcher to be all that interesting. I know most who love the series love The Butcher, but he too often felt like a ringleader type with an interesting cast of characters surrounding him, not a major piece of the overall puzzle. So when I went to pick up the next trade in line and saw it was an extended Butcher series, I was a little disappointed. Having seen a glimpse of the overall endgame in the previous arc, to spend time away fro [...]

    5. And now we pause, as the final act of The Boys starts to gain steam, to get a look at Billy Butcher and what makes him tick. Unsurprisingly, most of what makes him tick is white-hot, psychotic rage. But we also get to finally hear him talk about his late wife, Becky, and how he saw her, and we see how she died. In regards to how she died, let me just say no one crosses the line twice quite like Garth Ennis, so prepare yourself for that one. You're gonna need it.And if you've read this far into t [...]

    6. Ennis pulls off another great storytelling effort here. Humanises Butcher in a way that doesn't feel cheap, artificial or in any way less than a genuine telling of Butcher's true backstory.The tale of how Becky affected Butcher's life is full of genuine moments of believably positive aspects of Butcher's personality, and makes me wish I had more time to spend with that shadow of the hardcase man we know and love(? or just respect out of fear for our mortal lives?)The final reveal of what drove B [...]

    7. The second comic in "The boys" series that gives background on one of the characters. The first was Highland Laddie and it was awful, the worst in the series, story was poor and illustrations total crap. So I skipped this one, did I really wanna read something as bad as the Highland Laddie? I reached the end of the series and my OCD kicked in and made me go back and read this one. So glad I did as it was the best in the whole series. Illustrations are top notch as usual, but the story is somethi [...]

    8. Butcher's backstory volume. Far better than Highland Laddie but not as fun or compelling as the rest of the volumes in the series. My feelings on this volume are kind of weirdI believe it's an integral part of the story and that it needed to be told, but at the same time I felt like Ennis was treading water, padding his page count, before getting to the big finish. But whatever, I'm dying for the next volume anyway.Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker ended with an awesome quote from Clint Eastwood' [...]

    9. This was a mini-series that came out during the original run of The Boys and was intended to provide background for Billy Butcher, which it does. Normally all this backstory irritates me, but in this case I found it to be well-handled, well-paced, and well-timed.

    10. In volume 8 we got Hughie's life story and Annie's too, in volume 6 we got Mother's Milk, Frenchie, and The Female. In volume 3 we got Vought the real history of 9-11 and in Volume 9 we got the true history of the supes and Vought-American. We, the readers, have all this information, and so do Butcher, Mallory, The Legend, Hughie, Mother's Milk, and maybe Frenchie and The Female. But no one else in this fictional world has all of this information.But of Butcher's history, only one person on that [...]

    11. Another detour from the main story, this time to (finaly?) tell Butcher's origin story. Most of the details here were reveiled earlier in the story. The start (parts #1-2) was EXTREMELY tedious and boring. parts 3-5 were much better - a "normal woman's" touch which was more than welcome in the story. These parts showed, to me at least, the shortage of down-to-earth, identifiable charachters in this story.Anyways, on with the main evento more to go.

    12. I've enjoyed the various volumes of The Boys, but this one was a bit of a snoozer. I didn't need an entire volume on the background of Billy Butcher, especially with all the text that was just reiterating what was shown in the panels.

    13. The best origin story I have ever read. Up until this point, I was fairly indifferent towards superheroes but leaning towards general dislike and avoidance of anything related. I tend to prefer deconstructions like Alan Moore's Watchmen or anything by Grant Morrison. I find that superhero stories tend to only focus on the positives of the character and fail to really give you a balanced look at what a superhero is.Up until this collection, I had feeling (maybe cause I read it somewhere) that Gar [...]

    14. Finally, we get the story behind Billy Butcher. Its been a long time coming but now we see why we've been kept waiting for so long. Bill's Revenge is the heart of the story and while we always knew the circumstances, putting you in the story of Bills' life makes it real.This is Garth Ennis on brilliant form. He's writing about Superheros, war and other acts of violence, but at the same time he's putting a lot of heart and feeling into the story, the Father / Son thing reminds me of Pride and Joy [...]

    15. Okay, this volume was goodbut was it necessary? No. It won't shock anyone who's read the earlier The Boys comics that this is origin story of Billy Butcher--and that's all that it is. There's no advancing of the storyline to date. You don't learn anything shockingly new about any of the characters or about the Supes or about anything else. It fills in and fully explicates what you already know about Butcher. I think that Ennis wanted his readers to have a better understanding of the sadness of B [...]

    16. "The Boys" saga is gradually nearing its end. With only two volumes following it, "Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker" is clearly meant to be the calm before the storm volume. In it we at last get to read the backstory of Butcher, the brutal if oddly charismatic leader of The Boys. The character has been annoying but nicely ambivalent from the start, exhibiting almost cliched hypermasculinity and a type of overconfidence hinting at insecurities. In this volume he tells about his life to his father [...]

    17. I'll have to go with Sam Quixote on this one - I was kinda sorta dreading this, because not knowing about Butcher was satisfyingly unsatisfying and tense and creepy, and I didn't want the mystique ruined with concretised information while at the same time really, really *wanting* to know. Fine line, impossible expectations but Ennis delivers. I'm so very glad he did I hadn't expected the dead-wife story to be revisited with so much punch, but I have to admit that when Ennis *gets* m/f relationsh [...]

    18. Here The Boys really gets back on track. This is really a villain origin story. For make no mistake, The Boys are the "bad guys" of the classic comic narrative, people driven by bitterness and revenge, willing to destroy themselves and those they love. Of course all is flipped as it is in this insane mirror universe, and the real evil is not the classic villain, but rather the powerful hero who is worshiped. Underlying all of it is a take-down of our culture, obsessed more with individuality, vi [...]

    19. I liked this one much better than the previous volume. Here we at long last get to read about Butcher's background and understand him better as a character. This is a story centered firmly on him and his history, so we get to learn about his previous life up to the point he met up with Mallory after the tragedy that made him get a revenge boner for the Homelander, without him losing his mystery to Hughie because the way the story is told excludes the rest of the team. So the team's intepersonal [...]

    20. What a wretched and heartbreaking story I've been happily trudging through the books with the assumption that The Homelander had killed Butcher's wife, Rebecca, through an accident while fighting a crime. No, it's much more horrifying than that. The story takes place in a series of flashbacks as Billy is telling his dad about his life while being the only one to attend his father's funeral. Well written and drawn, I was sucked in from the beginning. The way that the two met, fell in love and cha [...]

    21. This is a story that really didn't need to be told, or at least not at this length. The first three issues, focusing on Butcher's pre-Supers life, are actually quite dull. We've seen Ennis' war stories before, we've seen his perfect women before (that'd be every woman Ennis writes about), and the fact that Butcher had an angry, abusive father isn't really that interesting.The story picks up a little bit in the latter half, but finally learning for certain why Butcher hates supers wasn't enough t [...]

    22. Butcher is undoubtedly the most interesting character in the series. And I'd be hesitant to try and slot him into any particular kind of role. Is he the protagonist of the piece? The Antagonist? Anti-hero? I honestly don't know. And the fact that he's not easily reduced to a generic type speaks well of the series. This volume is an extended flashback into his early life. It's well-timed, because at this point you're fond of the character, but his entire past is a mystery. You're really curious a [...]

    23. Here Ennis fills out the backstory of Billy Butcher, leader of The Boys and the man with the most focussed hatred of the despicable superhumans of the comic's universe. A tale of an East End childhood, an abusive father, serving as a Marine in the Falklands (which gives Ennnis a chance to do one of the things he does best - write war comics), and how he met his wife. And her tragic fate. Involving, yep, despicable superhumans. Grim and violent, shot through with sentimentality, but also an inter [...]

    24. I didn't think it was possible for me to enjoy this series more than I already do, but this book made that happen. The "origin" of Butcher was just what I needed since I was starting to think he was just a thug and was just, plain nuts. It made me sympathize with him to the point that, for me, this has almost changed from a story about Wee Hughie to a story about Butcher. I can't wait to see what these last two chapters have in store.If you're not reading this book right now, you MUST pick it up [...]

    25. Ennis finally gives us Butcher's origin story, and it's a damned good one. There is far less humor and bodily fluid in this volume than usual for this series, and that is a good thing, since Butcher's story is a dark and painful one. This one is a tough and emotional read, and I'm glad Ennis slowed down and took his time here. One of the best volumes in the series.

    26. In volume 10, we finally get to hear Butcher's story, of his early adult life, of why and how he got into the business of hating and ending superheroes. It's pretty idyllic, sucks us in to his improved, happy life, then WHAM! I teared up, it was very sad. Great storytelling, when that happens ;) I enjoy Garth Ennis' writings, though yes, it's bloody as hell sometimes!

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