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Secret Six: Unhinged Paperback – September 1, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gail Simone handles team books so well and here its no different. The Secret Six have a new job and its insane and insanely difficult. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Penrose
Great book. This product is wonderful and just a joy. It has made my life better having it. Will look for other items like this one.Published on December 31, 2012 by Michael Ryan
In this collection, Simone again begins with the Secret Six recovering from losses, and again she moves them around from place to place in the process of getting back to the roster... Read morePublished on May 7, 2010 by Kurt Conner
I had reservations about buying this comic due to being burnt out on the Secret Six. I like the anti-hero stuff but the character Scandal always bugged me as being the token angry... Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by Wayne Nubile
6 outlaw misfits of various stripes. Set against innumerable opponents equally as deadly as they are, if not deadlier. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Neil Carey
between having been a fan of deadshot for a few months before reading this series, and the overwhelmingly positive reviews it's received I figured there'd be no harm in springing... Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Gryfter