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Secret Six, Vol. 2: Depths (Secret Six #2)
When Batman's cowl winds up for grabs after his death in FINAL CRISIS, two members of the Secret Six think they have what it takes to be the new Dark Knight. But will Robin put up with the unruly team in his hometown? And where have all the forgotten heroes and villains of the DC Universe been? The Six are blackmailed by someone claiming to be their old boss, Mockingbird,...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by DC Comics
(first published 2010)
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Gail Simone gives readers another collection of dark, challenging, and hilarious stories about complex villains trying to get through their daily adventures. This volume begins with a couple of single-issue stories to flesh out the personalities of the main characters: in the first, three of the Secret Six members go on a double date (well, with a fourth member secretly stowing away for comedy), and in the second, the other three members try to take down some kidnappers who are trying to run fre...more
Secret Six is one of my favorite series. The Secret Six aren't heroes, that much is certain, but you can't quite call them villains, either. That position is part of what makes this book so interesting - that, and the fact that the stories are always interesting and engaging and explore the lines that we draw to distinguish between good and evil. Add to that a group of really well-written characters (some of which are hot and some of which are not, but all of which are lovable, in their way) and...more
After the brutal carnage of the first volume, the second seems almost tame by comparison. Battle lines are drawn as the team faces both love and prison duty. Summonded to a remote island, the Six are asked to be jailers and oversee the slave mine being run. The discovery of the Amazon warrior Artemis amongst the prisoners - as well as their horrific treatment - splits the team down the middle. Forced to battle Wonder Woman, each other, and the mythical Grendel, the Six proves that every family i...more
More great characterization and some nice background on our newest cast member. The Scandal Savage and Gotham stories that lead things off are both terrific. They give us nice, in-depth looks at several of the characters, advance their stories, and at time offer laugh-out-loud humor [8.5/10]. The continued story, Depths, is quite good for what it reveals about the characters, but it probably goes an issue too long [7.5/10].
This is one of the toughest reads on the Secret Six collection. With a focus on slavery, including arguments for and against, the team ends up split on ideological differences. The story is brutal, and reminds you that the Secret Six are villains, even if they spend as much time fighting other villains as they do heroes. That it can delve into issues like it does says wonders for Simone's writing abilities.
This volume got me thinking how similar the dynamic of the Secret Six is to the crew of the Serenity in Firefly. The crew of the Serenity with a much lower average sanity and a much lower regard for human life. Not only is this book a fun wild ride, it's a fascinating examination of human relationships and right and wrong by degrees.
This is actually the second trade of the current series. For some reason, the subtitle "Depths" is not showing up in the title. Awesome read, Ragdoll is crazy, Catman is badass, and Deadshot is awesome. All of the characters are very interesting. Gail Simone, you rock my world!!
The team have a couple of fun outings and then a serious one. Dates are always interesting when you promise that nobody will be killed. Bane honours Batman's memory. The team gets tricked into helping slavers. Some great stories and nice characterisations. A great read.
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".More about Gail Simone...