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Secret Six: The Reptile Brain Paperback – May 10, 2011

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Gail Simone, fan-favourite writer of Villains United, Superman: Action Comics, Rose & Thorn, Deadpool and The Simpsons. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  • Series: Secret Six
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401231667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401231668
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Secret Six: The Reptile brain collects issues #25-29 of Secret Six and issue #896 of Action Comics. Production quality is on the poor side with thin, medium-gloss paper and a binding that obscures the inner-edge art of some pages. Even more frustrating, however, is DC's terrible editing. The actual issue numbers are provided nowhere except in tiny print on the copyright page--a decision that makes the abrupt, unexplained jump to Action Comics mid-book needlessly confusing. The issues' original editorial content has also been scrubbed, so there's no way of telling from the graphic novel itself which author and which artist worked on which issues. Some kind of back-story summary, especially preceding the Action Comics crossover, would also have been helpful; because there is none, even longtime readers of Secret Six will have difficulty following that story-line's plot.

As for the story: For the last two years, Gail Simone's Secret Six has been one of the most unconventional--and gruesome--superhero series published by DC. By turns bloody, disturbing, and darkly funny, the series has gone places so twisted, it's sometimes hard to believe DC has agreed to publish it. Despite the series' sometimes over-the-top violence, however, Simone has managed to develop its main characters into multi-faceted, dynamic, and deeply likable (if still depraved) anti-heroes. For the most part, The Reptile Brain continues in this mode, but the two stories offered here lack much of the subtlety and raw imagination and that made early stories in the series so compelling. In the first story, "The Reptile Brain," Amanda Waller hires four of the members of Secret Six to take down Bane's new team, who have themselves been hired by Spysmasher to invade Skartaris.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan VINE VOICE on June 12, 2011
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I enjoyed elements of the 'Reptile Brain' arc, and overall, not lots of the Action Comics crossover, but it's not one of the best entries in the series (For that, see Cat's in the Cradle).

The Six go to Skartaris, home of the character Warlord, on behalf of Amanda Waller to go against the second Secret Six team (formed by Bane and consisting of perhaps more villainous team members). Warlord's enemy, Deimos, eventually has to be stopped by a team up from both Six teams. You get some nice resolution in here, like those folks asking about the death of the newer Atom, Ryan Choi, finally get a slight idea at payback from Giganta.

The Action Crossover needed to happen since Lex formed the team, and the book is about to end (Secret Six, that is), so it was a good place to come in. Since Lex was meeting Vandal Savage, it was also nice to see Bane (who has been acting as Scandal Savage's surrogate father) threaten the other villain. The book felt a little less violent than the Six's normal things, but I think this was to do with Action Comics' audience more than anything.

Anyway, I felt this was overall a good addition to the Six story.
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By Vincent R. on August 26, 2011
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To be honest, this was pretty under-par for Secret Six, but that also means it's still significantly better than almost anything else DC is doing right now. The whole story line involves the group splitting into two factions, one headed by Scandal, the other by Bane, both hired to go to the same place, one to conquer it, and the other to stop the invading force. The main problem is that there is virtually zero actual dramatic conflict. At no point do the two teams even pretend to actually be split or show any animosity, continuing to laugh and joke throughout the experience, which is charming, but can get boring. The add on of characters like Lady Vic and King Shark is pretty hollow and really only to fill out two teams. The only real purpose of this graphic is to set up the mental anguish that Deadshot and Catman are going through and to move along the Brightest Day story arc a bit, allowing Amanda Waller to give out some important exposition for the arch and bringing in Lex Luthor and his whole giant black balls thing. All in all, it's worth the money, but clearly the series is petering out.
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