Written by Gail Simone with art by Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood The Secret Six: Unhinged collects the first seven-issue story arc of the on-going series featured around a list of, well, let’s just say not exactly A-list villains, now working together for mutual profit.
I’ve been a vocal fan of the series since it hit stores almost a year ago and I’m happy to see DC finally putting out this first arc in trade paperback (for the respectable cover price of $14.99). Putting aside my love for Catman (which is enough for me, but possibly not for you) there are many reasons to grab this book.
During a period when many of the books featuring DC’s bigger names struggled Secret Six has continued to put out issue after issue of violent, naughty, and often hilarious, fun.
In “Unhinged” the group (Catman, Deadshot, Ragdoll, Scandal Savage, Bane, and Jannette) take on a contract to break Tarantula out of Alcatraz and transport her and the merchandise she is carrying across the country and deliver it to Gotham.
Sounds easy, right? Here’s the rub: The little item she has in her possession is a “Get Out of Hell Free Card” that every villain in the world, including the sociopathic Junior, would kill to get.
The book is filled to the brim with goodness including the team driving a stolen ice-cream truck cross-country, Catman fighting Batman to a standstill, countless murderers and thieves, Catman and Deadshot giving a gang of thugs a lesson in how to properly rob someone, the poor decision of hiring a stripper to help their leader get over the dead love of her life, Bane getting repeatedly beaned with bricks, everyone getting poisoned, and Bane, all-hyped on Venom, going major-league crazy (which, for this book is saying somthing). And that’s just what I could fit into one paragraph.