Secret Six (2005)


Join Catman, Scandal, Deadshot, Ragdoll, and the rest as they hit the road on the run from some of the world’s most dangerous killers! A contract has been put out on the lives of the Six, but the sly team has some tricks — and a whole lot of bullets — up their own sleeves!

From: DC Comics

Notes on This Title

This series is unrelated to Secret Six (2015), although both feature the character Catman.




“I heard over and over again that this was book was one of those hidden gems that if you missed it when it came out, you had to find it. So I tracked it down. What I found when reading this book was it could have been any low sales, oft-ignored book full of characters you probably don’t know, doing things that aren’t all that interesting to you because you’re not invested in these people. It could have been. But, its hooks grab you the moment the book starts. And instead of portraying this team of so-called losers as the only people who can save the planet as we know it, their stories are all about saving their own souls. It’s a simple beautiful, violent, sociopathic experience.” (Source: Flickering Myth)

“I’ll admit that I was a little confused at first, as I inadvertently jumped in kind of in the middle of the story. But Simone does a really good job of getting newbies up to speed, and the new arc starts quick and takes over right away. All of the characters are drawn in many shades of grey, but they are all very likable even when they are doing pretty questionable things. What I liked the most about The Secret Six was that while they were all pretty snarky and had their own quirks, there was always a dangerous, and sad, vibe about each and every one of them. Scandal Savage is their sort of unofficial leader, but she is mourning the loss of her girlfriend, and that makes her fragile and unpredictable. Catman is going through his own traumatic memories, but that doesn’t stop him from snarking at Batman while they come to fisticuffs on the rooftops of Gotham (I was cackling hysterically when Catman was convinced there was a taco place around due to the scents in the air and would just. not. let. it. go.). Ragdoll is a weirdo who can contort and shift his limbs, but he may have a sadder backstory than he’s letting on. Deadshot is a tough guy with a mean streak, but you can tell he does care about his teammates. Jeannette is gorgeous and sexy, but has a mysterious power that goes back centuries. And then there’s Bane. A very conflicted, paternal Bane who has sworn off Venom because he doesn’t want to be an addict anymore. Which is weird. But along with thinking it was weird, I really, really loved it and was totally on board with it. Bane without Venom? Sure! Let’s do this!” (Source: The Library Ladies)


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