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    The Boys # 5 6 - Garth Ennis Darick Robertson

    The Boys # 5 6 - Garth Ennis Darick Robertson
    Homelander explains to Starlight the relevance of boobs /
    Homelander le explica a Starlight la relevancia de las tetas
    “Cherry” isn’t only the delightful fruit you put on top of your ice cream, it’s also a term that means “virginity”. For many of the main characters, virginity –or rather the loss of such esteemed condition– is what defines their recent experiences. For Annie January (Starlight), the loss of her innocence isn’t metaphorical. For Wee Hughie, however, there are no sexual acts involved. He no longer sees the world from a childish perspective; he recognizes the awful truth behind the embellishment of the superhero establishment. And now that he is joined Butcher’s team, he has also received a shot of compound V, a rare substance that grants him super strength.

    So far, Teenage Kix has been an easy victim for the Butcher’s extortion. All these young heroes have dark secrets that could ruin their reputation and, even worse, their lucrative publicity contracts. Big Game is bisexual, and has frequent sexual encounters with Dog Knott and Shout Out; Pop Claw is a disturbed girl, with a tendency for self-mutilation; Whack Job, a drug addict, steals medications from children’s hospitals; Gunpowder has important ties with the NRA and is also into bondage and masochism; Jetstreak is an exhibitionist and a chronic masturbator; and Blarney Cock is a racist bastard, with weird sexual fetishes (such as inserting a hamster in his anus).

    But more secrets are revealed in the conclusion of “Cherry” (published in The Boys # 5 & 6, in January and February, 2007). Now that Starlight has been formally introduced to The Seven, she attends her first official meeting. Contrary to what she naively thought, the world’s greatest superheroes don’t discuss about saving the world, but rather about how to increase their already substantial incomes. 
    The Boys # 5 6 - Garth Ennis Darick Robertson
    The Boys versus Teenage Kix

    While Homelander argues with his comrades about sales percentages and merchandising contracts (after all, as the most famous figures on Earth, they are much more profitable than a gold mine), Starlight wonders if she did the right thing; sacrificing her principles, agreeing to oral copulation, and all that to sink even deeper into a sewer of greed and consumerism. In fact, the marketing department has decreed that Starlight can no longer wear her conservative outfit, she needs to show some boobs; and Homelander makes sure to offer her teammate a brutal reminder. 

    Meanwhile, the members of Teenage Kix discover who has been blackmailing them. And they quickly confront Butcher, Wee Hughie, the Frenchman, Mother’s Milk and the Female (of the Species). However, the young heroes cannot resist the superior strength of The Boys. In fact, unable to calculate the level of his own strength, Wee Hughie accidentally murders one of the kids, the Irish hero Blarney Cock. Defeated and disgraced, Teenage Kix flees.

    Once again, nevertheless, news channels and newspapers cover up the truth. The demise of Blarney Cock is described as a heroic sacrifice in a battle against terrorists. And of course, all the superhero teams of the United States pay their respects, including the Young Americans and The Seven.

    Garth Ennis brutally exposes the most sordid aspects of the American superheroic community, and in doing so he reinforces the notion that the seemingly great and bright superstars are, in fact, the foulest and darkest. They are all corrupt, depraved and arrogant enough to believe they’ll always be on the top of the world. Little do they suspect that The Boys are here to stay, and they won’t rest until the superhero plague has been eradicated.
    The Boys # 5 6 - Garth Ennis Darick Robertson
    Wee Hughie accidentally kills Blarney Cock /
    Pequeño Hughie accidentalmente mata a Blarney Cock

    Una “Cereza” no es sólo la fruta que colocas encima de tu helado, es también un término que significa “virginidad”. Para muchos de los personajes principales, la virginidad –o más bien la pérdida de tan valorada condición– es lo que define sus experiencias recientes. Para Annie January (Starlight), la pérdida de la inocencia no es metafórica. Para el Pequeño Hughie, sin embargo, no hay actos sexuales involucrados. Él ya no ve el mundo desde una perspectiva infantil; reconoce la horrible verdad tras el maquillaje de la industria de los superhéroes. Y ahora que el Pequeño Hughie se ha unido al equipo de Butcher, también ha recibido una inyección del Compuesto V, una rara substancia que le otorga súper-fuerza.

    Hasta ahora, Teenage Kix ha sido una víctima fácil de las extorsiones de Butcher. Todos estos jóvenes héroes tienen secretos oscuros que podrían arruinar su reputación y, peor aún, sus lucrativos contratos publicitarios. Big Game es bisexual, y tiene encuentros sexuales frecuentes con Dog Knott y Shout Out; Pop Claw es una chica perturbada, con tendencia a la auto-mutilación; Whack Job, un drogadicto, y roba medicamentos en hospitales para niños; Gunpowder tiene vínculos importantes con la NRA y también está muy metido en la dominación y el masoquismo; Jetstreak es un exhibicionista y un masturbador crónico; y Blarney Cock es un bastardo racista, con extraños fetiches sexuales (como insertarse un hámster en el ano).

    Pero aún más secretos son revelados en la conclusión de “Cherry” (publicado en "The Boys" # 5 y 6, en enero y febrero del 2007). Ahora que Starlight ha sido presentada formalmente en Los Siete, asiste a su primera reunión oficial. Al contrario de lo que ingenuamente había creído, los más grandes superhéroes del mundo no discuten sobre cómo salvar al mundo, sino más bien sobre cómo incrementar sus ya de por sí sustanciales ganancias. 
    The Boys # 5 6 - Garth Ennis Darick Robertson
    Teenage Kix & Young Americans

    Mientras Homelander debate con sus camaradas sobre porcentajes de ventas y contratos de productos y publicidad (después de todo, al ser las figuras más famosas de la Tierra, son más rentables que una mina de oro), Starlight se pregunta si hizo lo correcto; sacrificar sus principios, acceder a la felación, y todo ello para hundirse aún más en una cloaca de codicia y consumismo. De hecho, el departamento de marketing ha decretado que Starlight ya no puede seguir usando su conservador traje, necesita mostrar las tetas; y Homelander se asegura de ofrecerle a su compañera un brutal recordatorio.

    Mientras tanto, los miembros de Teenage Kix descubren quién los ha estado chantajeando. Y rápidamente confrontan a Butcher, al Pequeño Hughie, a Frenchman (el Francés), a Mother’s Milk (Leche de Madre) y the Female of the Species (la Hembra de la especie). Sin embargo, los jóvenes héroes no pueden resistir la superior potencia de The Boys. De hecho, incapaz de calcular su propia fuerza, Hughie accidentalmente asesina a uno de los chiquillos, el héroe irlandés Blarney Cock. Derrotados y humillados, el resto de Teenage Kix huye.

    Una vez más, no obstante, los canales de noticia y los periódicos ocultan la verdad. La muerte de Blarney Cock es descrita como un sacrificio heroico en una batalla contra terroristas. Y por supuesto, todos los equipos superheroicos de Estados Unidos rinden sus respetos, incluyendo a los Jóvenes Americanos y a Los Siete.

    Garth Ennis expone brutalmente los aspectos más sórdidos de la comunidad superheroica estadounidense, y al hacerlo refuerza la noción de que estas estrellas aparentemente grandiosas y relucientes son, de hecho, las más oscuras y terribles. Todos son corruptos, depravados y arrogantes, lo suficiente para creer que siempre estarán en la cima del mundo. No sospechan que The Boys han llegado para quedarse, y no descansarán hasta que la plaga superheroica haya sido erradicada.

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