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Secret Six: Unhinged Paperback – September 1, 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 2 of 6 in the Secret Six Series

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About the Author

Gail Simone is the fan-favourite writer of Villains United, Superman: Action Comics, Rose & Thorn, Deadpool and The Simpsons. She is currently writing Gen 13, The All-New Atom and Welcome to Tranquility. Nicola Scott is an Australian artist whose work includes Angel Spotlight: Illyria, Dead Year High, Season of the Witch, Star Wars: Empire and The Watch. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Secret Six
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401223273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401223274
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 2, 2009
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Man, I am so friggin' on board the SECRET SIX bandwagon. Her Scribey Awesomeness, writer Gail Simone, takes a bunch of low rent supervillains and somehow turns them into people you root for, never mind that these cats are either homicidal, suicidal, amoral, really weird, or just plain rat crazy. They may even smell bad (I'm looking at you, Ragdoll). Odd thing is that, separately, none of these bad guys would normally draw me in. Together, though, they form this dynamic, absorbing character soup.

If you haven't yet cracked open Villains United (Countdown to Infinite Crisis) or Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation, then I say you're missing out on some entertaining chunks of comic book goodness. Familiarity with those two mini-series comes in handy with this "Unhinged" story arc, told in this trade collection. Gail Simone jumps right into those awesome character moments, without as much as a polite "What Has Gone On Before" segment. So if you don't know jack about the Secret Six (or the Secret Five, as this story begins), then you may be a little lost for half a mo. But it's worth it catching up. SECRET SIX: UNHINGED collects the first seven issues of the regular ongoing series and, really, if you haven't jumped onboard yet, why the wait? Life's short.

I'm about to SPOILER some stuff from issue #1.

The ominous opening sequence introduces the seriously twisted villain of the piece.
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From their introduction in "Villains United" the Secret Six, Gail Simone's collection of B-list do-badders have been nothing but a treat to read. So much so that, after their own miniseries and a show-stealing appearance in "Birds of Prey", the six got the green light for their own ongoing book, the first storyline of which is collected here.

In "Unhinged", the six have accepted a contract to kidnap an incarcerated supervillain, Tarantula (she of sexual-assault-on-Nightwing-perpetrating fame), and transport her, along with a certain item in her possession, to their anonymous benefactor in Gotham City. However, the west-coast crimelord named Junior also has plans for Tarantula and the artifact she stole, and has issued bounties on the six, to the tune of ten million dollars a head. The Six, never the paragons of well-oiled teamwork, must struggle to stay together, even while an army of greedy villains have them in their sights, and Tarantula's secret threatens to tear them apart from within.

As a group, the Secret Six manage to be compelling despite their loathsome actions. Gail Simone does an excellent job of balancing each member's particular psychosis with enough genuine personality to make them endearing. Even Bane, the musclebound mastermind who snapped Batman's back years ago, comes across as a human who is not unsympathetic despite being a brute and a murderer.

Junior, the main villain of the piece, is one of the many high points this book has to offer. After reading this book, I guarantee you will never look at wooden crates or burlap sacks the same way again. "Brutal" and terrifying" are just two of the words that spring to mind. You can also expect to become very familiar with the phrases "oh god oh god oh god," and "I want my mommy."

To summarize: Hilarious, horrifying, and perfectly executed "Secret Six: Unhinged" will not disappoint.
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Secret Six is a story featuring a bunch of second stringers that I hardly know with the exception of Deadshot. But Gail Simone knows how to make each of them interesting and compelling. (Although I don't personally like Ragman) the plot line is the Secret Six fighting a mysterious character named Junior and the hunt for a Get out of Hell Free Card by Neuron. The Secret Six fight many interesting villains (with a few exceptions I don't know them as well. Makes me wish that I read more DC books) over this card and it's value.

Aside from the humor and team dynamic the book also has really good art. And I feel spoiled that this artist is monthly just because of how great his art is. I do have a very few nitpicks with this good (Bane who's most well known role was in Knightfall is off venom but he's really only off it because he claims that drugs are bad. I was kind of hoping for a better reason like it had some role on his health or something) Gail Simone really knows how to make these odd characters seem cool and have there dynamic work. I never in a million years would think that Catman could be written as something else as other as a bad punch line.
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The Secret Six is a comic about six villains that got together to work as a team of mercenaries. They do good things and bad things, but the bottom line is money. This makes for a set of interesting characters that give us some laughs and sometimes make us love the characters and sometimes makes us hate them. This is something I like about the group a lot.

The group of characters were introduced in a miniseries called "Villains United", a series I didn't like, but even though I didn't like it, I enjoyed the character interactions and since Secret Six was getting stellar reviews, I had to read Secret Six.

This particular story, "Unhinged", has an interesting plot. It introduces a mysterious villain in the first issue and a mystery quest for our "heroes". The comic consists of 7 issues, all of which are about this mystery quest and this mystery villain (which I won't spoil). I'll mention that the quest and the villain are great and the character interactions are unexpected and enjoyable. However, I think the ending wasn't very strong. Surprisingly, even though it was 7 issues long, the end felt rushed. I had to reread the pages a few times to figure out what went on, but what happens is a bit nonsensical and unlikely.

One very positive thing about this book, is that the characters are much more interesting that I would imagine they would be. Bane is honorable and I find almost everything he says funny (although he doesn't realize it), Catman strives for redemption, Deadshot is very laid back but still cares a lot for his group, Ragdoll always has a funny thing to say. It is a fun bunch to read about.

I should point out that Nicola Scott, the artist, does a really good job with this story.
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