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Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation Paperback – March 28, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (March 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140121231X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401212315
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gail Simone is the fan-favourite writer of Villains United, Superman and The Simpsons. She is currently writing The All-New Atom, Gen13 and Tranquility. Brad Walker has pencilled titles including Batman, Manhunter, Nightwing and Richard Dragon. Jimmy Palmiotti is a prolific writer and artist whose recent work includes Batman, Fables, Hellblazer, Power Girl and many other DC and Marvel comics. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Beaverhausen VINE VOICE on February 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
While I enjoyed the Villains United (Countdown to Infinite Crisis) mini-series (featuring the debut of the "Secret Six" anti-heroes), I felt that the "Infinte Crisis"-mandated beats cut into some of the characterization and stopped the story short. Gail Simone returned with "Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation," a brutally funny and mature take on the super-villain squad. Fans of Grant Morrison's "Doom Patrol" and other off-beat teams will find a lot to like here. I had to double-check the cover again for a "Vertigo" logo, because I couldn't believe that DC had given Simone such free reign with the characters within the confines of the mainstream DC Universe. The Mad Hatter sleeping with his hats is priceless.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian on May 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
After reading Villians United, I couldn't wait to pick up this trade to see what had happened next to the Secret Six. Did "Six Degrees of Devastation" hold up to my expectations? Yes and No

First off, props to Gail Simone for writing another fantastic story. My only gripe is that the story is not as funny as the last, but that doesn't mean there aren't some hilarious scenes. (The Mad Hatter has now become one of my favorite characters, if you read this then you know what I am talking about.)

Even though the story is up to par, the art drops the ball. It's pretty muddy for the most part but does improve as the series goes on. It's a shame that there are beautiful covers but the art itself is just average.

Therefore, I gave it 4 stars due to the art. Sad that there aren't any future stories for these characters at the moment because the ending will have you wanting more. (Except, I am tired of midgits seeking revenge against the Secret Six.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Deubler on November 18, 2010
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An unknown mastermind has coordinated attacks against members of the Secret Six. Is it the ruthless Cheshire, or the vicious Dr. Psycho? As introduced in "Villains United" the Six are a band of dangerous criminals who refused to knuckle under to Lex Luthor's Secret Society. But just because they're fighting against the bad guys doesn't make them good. Or does it? Just how morally irredeemable are they? They range from Catman who almost sees himself as one of the good guys (he isn't) to Deadshot, who sees himself as a soulless mercenary (he isn't) to the totally twisted Ragdoll, who often doesn't seem to even understand what's going on (but he does - usually). The main conflict is between the immortal caveman Vandal Savage (his name says it all) and his daughter Scandal, but the many treacheries make this story far more entertaining than standard super-hero fare. Maybe not as funny as some others from this franchise. Walker's art is decent, but not as good as that in "United", and certainly not as good as the Nicola Scott art we've become used to in the current "Secret Six" title.
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Swiftly moving past the cruddy title - “Six Degrees of Devastation”, which sounds like an emo high school band’s name - I was hoping this book was going to reveal to me the brilliance of “fan favourite” Gail Simone’s Secret Six series that I’d missed with the last Six book (Cats in the Cradle) and the first issue of the New 52 re-launch that I’d read. And it didn’t. If anything, Six Degrees was worse than both and made me completely give up on the series!

Six Degrees is labelled as Volume 0 meaning, at least to me, that this was a beginning, a jumping on point for the title. I was expecting an origin story, possibly truncated, to explain why these disparate individuals decided to start working together, how they came up with their name, their headquarters, yadda yadda yadda - and I got bupkis. Nada. They’re a fully-formed unit and this one reads like it may as well be Volume 7 or 8!

My problems from the last book persist: they’re neither secret nor six - in this they are five until Jervis Tetch aka Mad Hatter joins them and then later Cheshire, which makes them seven. It’s such a stupid name for a series! I also mentioned in Cats in the Cradle that there’s no major difference between Simone’s Six and Suicide Squad. But if Simone is basically producing a weak facsimile of the Suicide Squad with the Secret Six, she becomes even less imaginative in this volume by lifting a storyline from 90s Batman comics using a pale imitation of Ra’s Al-Ghul in Vandal Savage.

Once upon a time, Ra’s Al-Ghul wanted an heir and he wanted his daughter Talia to get knocked up by Batman. It happened, after Batman was roofied, and in 2006 we got Damian Wayne courtesy of Grant Morrison and the rest is history.
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In this collection, the Secret Six try to recover from the betrayals and losses they suffered during the Villains United story. They also pick up a new teammate here and there, and Simone makes it all work. I loathe the character of the Mad Hatter, but she makes me sympathize with him, especially by having him pick on someone his own size during a battle with Dr. Psycho. This collection also explores some of the hilariously unapologetic moral depravity of Ragdoll, who has become my favorite DC character. There is something of a plot holding this collection together, but it involves the ridiculously-named and poorly-realized Vandal Savage, so I choose to ignore that as much as possible when thinking about the book. The appeal here is in the characters, who have fascinating motivations and quirks and absolutely no interest in being heroes. It's kind of a refreshing and funny darkness that makes the book well worth a read.
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