he Secret Six graphic novels from DC Comics were an instant hit, despite their short lived run. Most of the volumes are now highly collectible, and hard to find as they all pretty much sold out.
A team of supervillains who formed a dysfunctional family as well as went out on jobs as thugs-for-hire, they were unique and interesting, scary, creepy, violent, messed up, and flawed - but they also cared about each other, and they weren't complete monsters.
Collect all the books that they appear in together, as well as figures for Catman, Deadshot and Bane - and a few other collectibles.
Gail Simone (Author), Dale Eaglesham (Illustrator), Wade Von Grawbadger (Illustrator), J. G. Jones (Illustrator)
The prequel to the Secret Six series, Villains United (Countdown to Infinite Crisis)
shows how they got together, as a small and initially pathetic rebellion against Lex Luthor's Secret Society.
A good introduction to the series, if not quite as good as the 'real' Secret Six books, it is still readily available new, for about $10-15.
Gail Simone (Author), Brad Walker (Illustrator), Jimmy Palmiotti (Photographer), Karl Kerschl (Photographer)
The first book in the official series, Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation
follows the team as Scandal Savage's father attacks in order to force Scandal to do as he wants. Only available second hand.
Gail Simone (Author), Nicola Scott (Illustrator), Doug Hazelwood (Illustrator)
This crossover features the Birds of Prey (Oracle, Black Canary, Huntress and a couple of other ladies) facing off against the Secret Six in the snows of Russia. Worth picking up but only available second hand.
This graphic novel is a collection of short stories finishing off the Birds of Prey series (they came back again in a new series with Gail Simone). Apart from Knockout's death, we also see a bit more of Black Alice before she joins the Secret Six.
It is written by Tony Bedard and are crossovers with story threads in Final Crisis, and the fallout from Death of the New Gods.
It's not as good as the other books featuring the Secret Six, but is still available new (and relatively cheap).
Gail Simone (Author), Nicola Scott (Illustrator)
A very good book, the second in the Secret Six series shows Scandal and her team pulling themselves together after Knockout's death and taking a contract on a prize that soon has every villain for miles hunting them down. Add in a previous acquaintance with a grudge and someone very twisted from Ragdoll's past, and this is a hell of a book.
It's also still available new and for around $10! Grab it before it sells out!
Gail Simone (Author), Carlos Rodriguez (Illustrator), Nicola Scott (Illustrator)
Secret Six: Depths features a look into Deadshot's pyche, a sidetrip to Gotham with Ragdoll, Bane and Catman, and the main story - a guard job that turns out to be very nasty, and gets them on the wrong side of Wonder Woman!
Another good one, it is also only available second hand.
Deadshot's book - the Suicide Squad want him back and arrange their own trap. A trap that is wrecked by an invasion of the zombie Black Lanterns in a confusing and dramatic crossover showdown.
Still available new!
Written by Gail Simone and John Ostrander, illustrated by Jim Calafiore.
A rather grim contribution to the series, this book mainly follows Catman (Thomas Blake) in his deadly hunt for the men who stole his son. Sold out, second hand only.
Gail Simone (Author), Paul Cornell (Author), Various (Illustrator)
One of the weakest books by far, Secret Six: The Reptile Brain involves an interdimensional mission, a face down with the replacement Secret Six Bane put together in the previous book, and a rather confusing crossover with the Suicide Squad (it helps a LOT to have read Birds of Prey Vol. 7: Dead of Winter and Secret Six Vol. 3: Danse Macabre first). Also features a bonus story about a job involving Lex Luthor and Scandal's father, Vandal Savage.
The weakest book in the series, and with the worst art - but helps pave the way for the final book. Still available new. Also, the Amazon description is completely wrong and applies to the book Cat's in the Cradle.
Secret Six: The Darkest House is the final volume in the series before DC took its entire universe back to scratch. Our antiheroes rescue one of their members from Hell and end up in a final climatic battle.
Released 24th January 2012
A spin-off prequel also written by Gail Simone, the comic Helmet of Fate Black Alice #1 follows the incredibly powerful, extremely goth, disturbed teen Black Alice in her own one-shot, before meeting the Secret Six.
Being part of Batman's stories, Catman gets his own figure as part of the Batman line up, and it's true to his Secret Six appearance. A 6" scale figure designed with quality and detail for collectors! Includes Batman Legacy Collector figure, unique display stand, and 6.75" x 10.25" comic poster.
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Scandal Savage, Knockout, Bane, Jeanette, Ragdoll, Deadshot, Black Alice, Catman - and appearances from the Mad Hatter and Harley Quinn.Gail Simone's characters included one of the only lesbian couples in DC comics, as well as the bisexual Catman, some amazing writing, and a completely stunning show stealing by a bunch of B-list characters thrown out in the trash.
Sadly, there's nothing to buy for Ragdoll or Jeannette.
For a good review of the series, see this review at Good Lesbian Books
For more awesome graphic novels, check out The Best Graphic Novels I Have Ever Read
For the original picture used at the beginning see The Secret Six on DeviantART
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