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Simone, Lashley want to ‘Six’ you up

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Simone, Lashley want to ‘Six’ you up

[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]

The Movement was cancelled and she’s almost done with Batgirl, but fans of Gail Simone’s DC work can now look forward to the return of Secret Six. Launched in 2005 as a big-event tie-in, the fan-favorite series ended in the summer of 2011 and had yet to reappear in a New 52 context.

Although the core group (including Catman, Deadshot, Scandal Savage and Ragdoll) was originally brought together only by their refusal to join a new Secret Society of Super-Villains, the series became known for its interpersonal relationships. There was Catman and Deadshot’s bromance, Scandal and Knockout’s passion, Bane’s feelings toward Scandal, and whatever it was that Ragdoll and the anonymous Parademon shared. These all played out against a backdrop of pitch-black humor and hard-edged antiheroics, drawn by the likes of Dale Eaglesham, Val Semeiks, Brad Walker, Nicola Scott and Jim Calafiore. (Simone and Calafiore followed Secret Six with a Kickstarter-funded graphic novel, Leaving Megalopolis.) Secret Six wasn’t exactly the flip side of Simone’s work on Birds of Prey, but it made a clever complement.

Apart from the artists (Dale Eaglesham on covers, Ken Lashley inside) and a few of the members (Black Alice and Catman, plus probably a Talon), the book will apparently start off with a good bit of mystery, including the makeup of the cast. Other Secret Six mainstays (including Deadshot, Ragdoll, and Bane) have already made New 52 appearances, but that’s no guarantee that they’ll also be back. Indeed, a DC Universe Presents arc featured Vandal Savage and one of his daughters who wasn’t Scandal. Still, Six has done well with the characters it’s introduced — among them Scandal, Ragdoll, and Jeanette — so no doubt Simone and company hope they can be as successful this time.

Besides, if all else fails it wouldn’t be that hard for Deadshot and Catman’s eyes to meet across a crowded room….

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