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Secret Six, Book 1: Villains United (Secret Six Prequel & 0)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Collecting the series that led into INFINITE CRISIS! Six of Justice's deadliest enemies band together to start a revolution. Together, they want to take a stand to stop the super-heroic community from tampering with their minds and to prove how deadly they can be! But not everyone agrees to this agenda. Six rogues are recruited by the enigmatic Mockingbird, charged with ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by DC Comics (first published 2005)
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Dec 22, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Gail Simone, why aren't you more famous? Secret Six is Deadshot and 5 d-listers brought together by their unwillingness to sign on to Lex Luthor's Society in the wake of the JL mind wiping Dr. Light after his rape of Sue Dibny (Elongated Man's wife). This society consists of powers like Luthor, Talia Al Ghul, Black Adam, Dr. Psycho, Deathstroke, and so on.

So it ends up with a Dirty Half-Dozen feel to it, neither good, nor bad, right in Deadshot's wheelhouse. I particularly enjoyed the characteri
Feb 07, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Thinks the Suicide Squad is Too Mainstream
Recommended to Robert by: Rachel
Sexy, crazy, and cool. The Simone/Eaglesham partnership, in particular, really helps bring these D-listers to life.
I guess my only quibble is that I don't have all the pre-New 52 DC lore, perhaps, to truly appreciate everything going on and everyone in it.
Is there a second volume? I'd read that for sure!

John Wiswell
Sep 15, 2015 John Wiswell rated it it was amazing
A rare book that's better than my nostalgia for it. Here are six low-end supervillains who refuse to join Lex Luthor's underworld of criminals. They're people too antisocial and violent to play along, like Deadshot, Catman, and Cheshire, or simply too mad, like Ragdoll and a Parademon so deranged from his life on another world that being tortured is the only thing that makes him laugh.

They form a found-family of freaks thanks to the wits of Scandal Savage, daughter of the world's first immortal
May 04, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
I always like Gail Simone's writing, especially in this series where she gives a nice revamp to Catman's character, who was previously only a third-rate joke of a bad guy; love his new look-- sort of Batman-y with his costume and somewhat-brooding presence (as Talia Al Ghul herself points out early on in the story), but still different enough to make him distinct and interesting on his own merits (although I've noticed that they revamped his costume yet again in much more recent volumes of ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
The underdogs of the criminal world get their chance to shine in this fun side series. The Secret Six band together because they want no part of the Society, the villain equivalent of the Justice League, but little else connects them at first. As a team, they are rough around the edges, but it is this tension, the strife caused by their individual quirks, that makes everything so fascinating. Morally, they are a slightly darker shade of grey, which makes them perfect for taking on tasks that ...more
Kim Dyer
Aug 26, 2015 Kim Dyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-comics
An exciting start to the series, combining excellent artwork and Gail Simone's ability to write strong and likable characters. While I was unfamiliar with most of the team to begin with, I never felt lost within the story. Enough time was spent fleshing out each of them to make the story immediately accessible to new readers. Simone has also done a fantastic job of reinventing some B-Listers (the new and improved Catman is nothing short of awesome).

My only real gripe with this trade is the sheer
Oct 13, 2015 Sean rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Comics fans!
Wow! This was so much fun. A good team book is hard to do and making it original is even harder. Gail Simone does an amazing job. She created fantastic versions of characters like Catman, Ragdoll, Mad Hatter, and even introduced us to Scandal. Her dialogue is funny and emotional. The plot is full of twists but not for shock value (Despite Knockout's rampant nudity). The art by Eaglesham, Semeiks, and Walker was fantastic, especially Eaglesham's. Just great artwork! I do wish there was more ...more
May 31, 2016 Jbainnz rated it really liked it
I got this after falling in love with the characters in the Infinite Crisis build up story Villains United, which is also collected here...damn it!

I freaking love that story, hell it made me love Catman...fucking Catman people!! I was looking forward to reading the adventures after those events.

Sadly it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. Catman seemed to lose his edge, and overall it just didn't seem to have that same spark as it previously did. Hoping this is just growing pains a
Feb 25, 2015 Helena rated it liked it
Het is eerder 3,5/5 sterren, want ik kijk wel uit om de volgende volumes te kunnen lezen. Ik denk dat met meer achtergrond kennis van het DC universum dit boek nog genietbaarder zou zijn.
The Library Ladies
May 27, 2016 The Library Ladies rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Remember how I screwed up when I started reading the Secret Six trades? Remember how I jumped into “Unhinged” and felt like I’d missed something, and came to understand that I had missed the entire backstory comic miniseries “Villains United”? Well guess what! I went back and read not only the prequel series, but two other prequel arcs that were included inside the collection “Secret Six: Villains United”. Let me tell you, so many things make so much
Jack Haringa
Sep 20, 2016 Jack Haringa rated it really liked it
Despite the fact that the Secret Six are a third-stringers' version of Suicide Squad and the fact that this series takes place at a point of DC continuity with which I'm unfamiliar, the volume as a whole won me over, mostly due to Simone's expert characterization skills and her ability to balance the very grim with the darkly humorous. Most of the characters are aware of their secondary status and offer self-deprecatory quips as well as comments on others in the group. The plotting is ...more
May 02, 2016 Ivan rated it liked it
Gail Simone's Secret Six is one of my favorite comic series', and it's great to see that the trade paperbacks are back in print so that it can get a well-deserved new batch of readers, but I have to question some of the decisions made in compiling both this volume and volume 2. Namely, the fact that they didn't include the Six's time spent with the Birds of Prey really hurt some of the characterization. In later stories, it's played up that Catman and Huntress have a relationship, but the new ...more
I admittedly screwed up and read SECRET SIX: VILLAINS UNITED after I read UNHINGED. It's a bit confusing with how the trades were published and how they are being re-published, but the point is that I've read the prequel series and all is right with the world with my understanding of the narrative.

VILLAINS UNITED gives us the origins of the Secret Six group, formed in protest to Lex Luthor trying to unite all the villains (in the Secret Society of Supervillains) in the DC-verse. The mysterious M
Nov 10, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-hands
I'm more of a Marvel than a DC fan, but a friend recommended this, knowing I tend to side with the bad guys. This collects a couple of story arcs, which are essentially villains vs villains stories and they work. That's not too surprising considering it's written by Gail Simone - I've always enjoyed her work. I was only familiar with a couple of the villains involved because the Secret Six is made up of B-team'ers. But it did make me want to look up other stories involving a few of them (esp. ...more
Hunter Lambright
Apr 15, 2016 Hunter Lambright rated it really liked it
I can see why Gail Simone's Secret Six has achieved a cult following. I started reading the newest series and her patent goofy interactions and character work send me looking for the trade paperbacks. I was not disappointed at all. Dale Eaglesham's line work is a real treat, and I love it every time I see it. The second half, done by Brad Walker, is different but not jarringly so. I'll admit I like Walker's art on other books better, but his Ragdoll just absolutely creeps off the page. Time to ...more
Sep 07, 2016 John rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wow. I just didn't get why people think this such a great book. The first half is just a giant super villain smack down with so many characters it was hard to care about any of them. The second half took a small improvement but was even harder to follow. I gave up around about three quarters of the way through because it became so confusing and surreal. I found no characters here to like either, causing the enterprise to leave me uninvolved and rather bored. Not for me.
Gail Simone is extraordinarily talented, and this series does an admirable job in adding new perspectives to the DC universe. These guys aren't moustache-twirling villains, but they're not good guys either, and you get their perspective on seemingly simple perspectives like "all women love the Amazons" and "betraying your team is bad" and "those nice brothers are nice guys". It's just not as FUN as my Marvel wheelhouse, so I'm not sure overall if I like it.
Anthony Rojas
Jun 24, 2015 Anthony Rojas rated it it was amazing
An explosive start to quite possibly the best team book that DC has ever put out. It focuses on villains and how they lie in the now muddles line between hero and villain in the DCU. While they initiallu resent each other, the characters eventually grow to trust and love each other. Meanwhie, the book also has a fast paced plot, but again the series ismostly character driven.
Koen Claeys
Mar 02, 2015 Koen Claeys rated it really liked it
The more a reader is accustomed with the DC universe, the more fun he or she will have with this collection. I didn't care for the whole Infinite Crisis event but the chemistry between Gail Simone's characters makes this a good read.
Mar 11, 2016 NaomiRuth rated it liked it
Shelves: af, graphic-novels
Liked it. Felt a little lost, but that's just because I haven't read as much in the DC Universe. I enjoyed Deadshot and I really liked Catman. And what's-his-face Ragdoll is growing on me. Maybe like a mold, or a disease, but still...
Nov 23, 2015 Juhani rated it really liked it
This collection suffers somewhat because of it's tie-ins to the Infinite Crisis crossover event a few years back. Nevertheless, these villains are fast becoming my new favourite super-team.
May 15, 2016 Koen rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Didn't know the secret six.. Glad I got to know them! Great story, great characters and loved the artwork.. What more do you need :)
May 14, 2016 Kara rated it it was amazing
Such a great read! I couldn't put it down. Simone once again shows her skills with witty dialogue and excellent character development, and a plot that has twists and turns. Excited to start volume 2!
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Gail Simone is a comic book writer well-known for her work on Birds of Prey (DC), Wonder Woman (DC), and Deadpool (Marvel), among others, and has also written humorous and critical commentary on comics and the comics industry such as the original "Women in Refrigerators" website and a regular column called "You'll All Be Sorry".
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Other Books in the Series

Secret Six (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Villains United
  • Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation
  • Secret Six, Vol. 1: Unhinged
  • Secret Six, Vol. 2: Depths
  • Secret Six, Vol. 3: Danse Macabre
  • Secret Six, Vol. 4: Cats in the Cradle
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  • Secret Six, Vol. 6: The Darkest House
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