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Villains United #6

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2005
By: John Hays

Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Dale Eaglesham (p), Wade Von Grawbadger (i)

Publisher: DC Comics

The Six face off against the Society, while the instigators on both sides look on in comfort. Secrets are revealed, and people are killed.

I have to say I was really surprised by the reveals in this issue. I canít talk about much here, since it would spoil the issue, but needless to say, the reveal of Mockingbird raises more questions than it answers. Gail has done an excellent job making us care for these six characters and root for them in their efforts to take down the Society. Itís amazing that they have survived this long. I even hope that the surviving characters get an ongoing book (or two). By the way, I enjoyed the play on Talia when Scandal called a certain someone ďmy beloved.Ē

The art continues to impress, always clearly showing each character, and enabling the reader to have the best visual chance to try to figure out who all these folks are. I especially enjoyed the side-by-side panels with Deathstroke and Deadshot, as Iíve always seen similarities between the two and have hoped they would eventually face off.

As I stated before, I have to be careful with my comments here so as not to ruin the surprises, but needless to say I enjoyed the issue very much, and indeed, enjoyed the entire mini series very much. I think Gail hit this one out of the park, and I look forward to her next major project, as well as her ongoing Action Comics run.

Next April a Villains United 32-page one-shot Special will be published that will show how this particular mini series ties in with the Infinite Crisis. As Dan Didio puts it, "the Villains United Special doesnít focus on the Secret Six as much as it does the villains of the cabal, and their role in Infinite Crisis."

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