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Villains United (Infinite Crisis)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,838 ratings  ·  40 reviews
When the super-criminal community learns that the Justice League of America tampered with their minds, they band together in a deadly alliance, seeking vengeance.

But not everyone agrees. Six villains refuse to join this new Society. Recruited by the enigmatic Mockingbird, these rogues are all that stand in the way of an all-out war between hero and villain. But who is Mock
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 14th 2005 by DC Comics
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After his JLA lobotomy was reversed, Doctor Light seems to have at least partly devoted himself to making sure everybody knew about it. At any rate, by the time Villains United rolled around, virtually every metahuman in the DC universe knew about it, and we're seeing some very realistic repercussions here. Luthor is using it to rally a massive team of supervillains to his Society. Our focus characters, and de facto heroes, are a half dozen second string (or worse) villains, employed by the myst ...more
Now I finally get what all the Gail Simone enthusiasm is about. I really get an emotional connection with her main characters. It's not like (with some writers) they're just reading from the playbook or reporting on things the artist should be drawing; I actually get the sense these characters have some internal motivations and are acting like the rest of us imperfect creatures.

The story itself was fun and adventurous enough - probably more meaning-laden or those who've followed these B-list cha
As someone mostly unfamiliar with the DC Universe, I was not looking forward to this book when my brother loaned it to me (along with the next two related volumes). After the first issue, I had every intention of dropping it. Dozens of panels with villains wearing goofy costumes and sporting head-scratchingly stupid codenames (I didn't realize for a while that Jade was the real name of an assassin codenamed Cheshire, since neither word is a particularly impressive alias. And someone please tell ...more
Oct 18, 2010 Jace rated it 4 of 5 stars
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No matter how many times I read this book, I still find new things to love about it. Gail Simone knows how to write a team book, and she excels at witty banter and battle scenes. I didn't really enjoy her run on Wonder Woman (too bland and lackluster), but she really shines here. I think it's got to be all the diverse personalities the Secret Six afford her. Because this book was a tie-in to Infinite Crisis, a few of the plot points in VILLAINS UNITED are unclear, but the writers do a good job s ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Jemir rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Gail Simone - with her "wish-I-could-do-that" uncanny ability to blend the over-the-top nature and action of super hero themed worlds with regular real world moments - is arguably one of the best comic book writers out there and witout doubt one of my favorites.

Villains United (one of the few things that spun out of the Identity/Countdown to Infinite crises/ Infinite Crises string of stories and story lines that I actually enjoyed) is an example of how good writing can draw you into the lives of
'kris Pung
I loved this, I mean who doesn't like a good villains story and this was a great villains story.
John Yelverton
Despite all the logic in the world to the contrary, this book was actually really good.
Ariel Marie
Gail Simone has quite the talent when it comes to writing a mini-series that revolves a team. Personally, I dislike anything that revolves around a team. There are too many interesting characters who simply do not receive enough attention. Villains United serves as a prequel to Simone's later series, Secret Six. It's a brilliant start as the Society comes together and so does the Secret Six. Gail Simone builds humanity into characters that are not meant to be pitied. At the same time, each villa ...more
John Wiswell
Gail Simone is always a pleasure to read, with a fine knack for putting words into the mouths of bizarre people. When you think about it, making grown-ups dressed in Halloween costumes (and in this book, really bad Halloween costumes) speak is going to be a challenge. But she has a sense of voice, quirks and character that makes the somewhat cartoonish world totally entertaining on a real level. The plot is pretty forced (little after they're hired by a mysterious employer they're tortured to ex ...more
This is a great book! I'll admit the first chapter is pretty boring but after that it is so excellent! A great prequel to the infinite crisis saga! By the way if you do want to read infinite crisis first you have to read this! But overall a great story and this is like what the justice league would be like if they were villains!
Federiken Masters
Otro favorito de esta época. ¡Y otra vez que me creí que todo iba a cambiar para siempre de verdad! Y aunque no haya durado mucho que digamos esta revolución en DC y ya hayan hecho borrón y cuenta nueva ooootra vez, no puedo negar que la pasé muy bien leyendo esta saga y sus hermanas (principalmente Día de Venganza), así que con ese puntaje se queda nomás.
Dave Johnson
it's pretty awesome when you can turn a whole bunch of B comic characters into something worth reading. most of these guys i've never heard of and, at first glance, dismissed most of them as silly, but after reading through this, it was a pretty fun read. of the IC tie-ins, this had the best characters. at least, the best writing for the characters.
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I just reread Gail Simone's Villains United for what must be the third time, and it wasn't as good as I remembered it being. I think there are several reasons for this reaction. When I first read it, I was still fairly new to comics and was learning something new from almost everything I read. But with at least a thousand more comics read between then and now, I have to say that I don't think this book will impress the seasoned comic book reader, though there are some great moments and it can be ...more
I've now read three of the four mini-series that comprised DC's "Countdown to Infinite Crisis" event, and of the three I've read, this is the one that seems to hang together the best. The other minis seemed hampered by the events or characters featured in them -- "Day of Vengeance" was too sprawling to really delve into the characters that were supposed to be at the center of it all; OMAC Project was too concerned with Batman dovetailing into the Batman and Superman books to feel like a cohesive ...more
Larissa Hinton
Even though I am not familiar with all of the super villains, I have to say, I loved it from beginning to end. I never thought I would actually root for the bad guys, but they made me a believer. Now that I've read this book, I really want to dig up some comics and read about this lobotomy. I've always watched X-Men and all of the cartoon versions of the superheroes. Well, I've now learned that they've been Disney-fied.

Never knew that!

And I'm so glad I learned about what happened with the Just
While I like and appreciate the darker concept work leading up to the Crisis series, a lot of the complexities are really lost in the petty squabbling and constant skirmishes in Villains United. There isn't much depth to the character relations (though they really do seem to try) - more than anything, that distinguished them as two-bit, second rate villains, in my opinion. I kept thinking, "Batman would walk through these guys... are we really supposed to be impressed?"

Regardless, after the grue
Kelsey Jacobs
Such an excellent start to a great series. I must admit, after the confusing beginning (no fault of Simone's, just the DCU), and all of the different characters (TWO Luthors WHAT), I am somewhat glad they "rebooted," or at least started fresh with the new 52.

Anyway, the Secret Six has always been a charismatic team, chock full of dark humor, and I was glad to see the origin. I love Scandal, Ragdoll, Deadshot, and especially Catman. I shed a tear for Parademon, 6 short issues and I mourn the los
Jerry Daniels
In Villains United, another book in the "Countdown to Infinite Crisis" series, a group of super villains is rounded up and blackmailed into killing another group of super villains known as the Society, a group led by Superman foe Lex Luthor. Aiding in propelling the story forward is learning the identity of the person who has recruited super villains. When that person's identity is revealed, it is partly a let-down after the novel has built up so much suspense. If readers didn't have the one-on- ...more
Sam Jones
Can't believe they made me like 'catman'. Kudos
So so good. Hail Gail Simone.
Meghan Wilson
This is where the Secret Six are first introduced (my new comics obsession). Basically its a group of villains who have united against even worse villains. So they are the lesser of two evils and in some way come out looking like the "good guys". However, Gail Simone is such a great writer, that she never makes you really forget that they are still at heart "bad guys" which makes for a very interesting read and a nice respite from the heros in the comic universe that can become overly sappy at t ...more
This was my favorite of all the infinite crisis tie-ins I read during that one insane weekend in 2009. I just loved the idea of the team, and I fell in love with all of the characters right away. Imagine my happiness when I found out that there was an ongoing Secret Six series! It's still one of my favorite ongoings, for a good reason. It's funny and dark and twisted but Gail Simone simply tells great stories with the help of even greater characters who are genuinely interesting.
As the imposter Alexander Luthor gathers his Secret Society of Supervillains for a Crisis, the real Luthor assembles a mostly crew of rogues to act as his Secret Six. Revamping old joke villain Catman, introducing Scandal Savage and the odd Parademon, and even breathing new life into Deadshot, this motley crew proves exciting. A look at villains with some moral compass, this series digs up the dirt of the DC Universe and allows it to play in the sun.
As a fan of the recent ongoing series, I wanted to go back and see how it all started. All of the characters are expertly written, especially Ragdoll. The artwork was fairly solid. The plot was okay, it was an average book all in all. But still enjoyable.
Villains vs villains. A very confusing story, and twin Luthers???? I liked seein the different DC villains as I'm not too familiar with DC, but this story didn't make a lot of sense to me. Maybe I had to read something before this. I don't know.
Read this 'cause I didn't know that Scandal existed. Still wish that there had been more Scandal (and I'll even admit it, Catman was interesting too) in it and less of the creepy doll guy.... (or less Lex Luthor for that matter).
Really enjoyable. Funny, realistic (in its portrayal of good and evil) and with really well written characters. I love books that take lesser characters and place them at the forefront of a story.
Terrific mini-series. I'm definitely interested in checking this out as a regular series. (Actually, I hope my cousin continues buying this so I can continue borrowing...)
3 stars only because it was a bit hard to enjoy as a standalone series without being immersed in other DC stories. Secret Six is much more enjoyable.
Zach, "Gnome" Israel
This mini series leads into one of my favorite series and is one of the best written comics I have ever read. The premise is one that I've always had a weakness for.
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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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