Allright, allright. People didn't like the OP, and I'll admit, maybe I made a shitty one (I'm far from perfect!). A great series deserves a OP that doesn't annoy fans. So I'll take responsibility and fix it up! Retcon time!
And Secret Six time!The Secret Six explained to those who don't know!
Who are the secret six? Well, in one sentence, they are a group of supervillian mercenaries made awesome under Gail Simone's fantastic writing. During Infinity Crisis (or right before, don't quite remember) Lex Luthor was going around recruiting supervillians to his cause. A few B-list and C-list villians somehow had the balls to rebel. Thus they found themselves in a deadly situation of being wanted dead or imprisoned by pretty much everyone. They were then recruited (aka blackmailed) by a mysterious figure... who forced them to take a stand against Lex Luthor's forces. Thus the new secret six was formed!
Who are the players?
Deadshot: He's a LONG time batman foe, and arguably the most popular of the cast. He's a smart ass, he's a dick, he's more than a bit insane (not deadpool insane though, homicidal insane), he has an awesome mustache, and he's a deadshot. Out of the entire crew he tends to be the most "evil"or at least has the lowest morality of the bunch. For the right price he'll put a bullet in about anything. Yet despite all this, Gail Simone writes him wonderfully, somehow getting you to love this piece of scum.
Catman: Many people (who haven't read the comic) mockingly call him a Batman wannabe. Those who have read the comic would agree, BUT, wouldn't mock the concept. There are many copycat characters out there, Lobos if you will, but Catman is a great character in the sense writers embrace this! It's pathetic, but it makes him about as realistic as a man dressed as a Cat killing people can get. He is constantly struggling with his darker instincts with his inner desire to be the good guy. He is proof there are no bad characters, only bad writers! EDIT: I realised the above mini-comic and my summary doesn't quite get across his darker side. Make no mistake, like the rest of the cast he has done some fucked
Scandal Savage: Now gay comic book characters are a gimmick more often then not. Especially when it comes to smoking hot lesbians. She is one of the few gay characters who seem utterly legit, and her romances in the novel are all brilliantly done. She is the daughter of the villainous Vandal Savage, his true heir (although hardly his only offspring). Her father has brutalized her time and time again, a domineering force always attempting to mold her into a tool. Scandal is a little rebel though, and has gone off to do her own thing. Though a "villian," she is a far better person than her father could ever hope to be. On a team where loyalty can bought, she is always the quickest to stand by her friends. She has the uncanny ability to heal herself... not to the extent of Wolverine... but a knife to the gut or a bullet to the chest will only slow her down.
Ragdoll: Picture almost says it all! Born son of the original Ragdoll, he was the only sibling too not possess his father's super bendy body. He received a torturous childhood because of such... hated by father and brother and sister alike. Later in life he underwent surgery after surgery, slicing himself up so as to be as disturbingly flexible as his father, and now he is, almost. He's also insane. VERY insane. He's got an incredibly childlike personality and the reader will shed many tears of laughter at his disturbing innocence.
Bane: The man that broke the bat! He's an A-list batman villain whose slipped from awesome to mah over the years. Gail has brought him back to life and maybe better then ever. He uses super serum to go all Hulk over his enemies. Or rather, he used to. He has since gotten off of the juice and has kept his addiction at bay. In replace of his beserker rage, he is now almost at peace with himself. He is often portrayed as calm, strategic, and collected... only rarely breaking his cool. He has a relationship with Scandal. A very odd relationship. It's hard to tell quite how he sees her. Does he love her or does he see himself as a father figure? Probably both. Whatever the case, the two are close. Probably the closest two members of the crew... at least up until issue #24. Haven't read to #28 yet.
Jeanette: Honestly, I had NO IDEA who this was going into the comic, and I had a blast slowly learning. I can't think of a way to describe her without taking the fun away from new readers either!Where do I start reading?
Start with Villians United.http://www.amazon.com/Villains-United-Countdown-Infinite-Crisis/dp/140120838X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292698970&sr=8-1
This is where it all began. From there read the trades.Lastly
Get these comics, read these comics, pass it on! The secret six have the ability to take the comic book world by storm and the writer deserves all the credit in the world for writing one of the most consistently awesome series around.
And apologies for my first OP. Didn't do the comics justice at all.
WARNING: Picture below may cause spontaneous growth of facial hair and/or body hair.
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