One of the most original titles that DC Comics has put out in recent years is Secret Six.
The group consists of six mercenaries who were once villains in the Batman universe, including Catman, Deadshot, Ragdoll, Scandal Savage, Bane, and Janette.
The series has been out for 30 issues now but I have just recently gotten into it. In the first trade, Secret Six: Unhinged, the team embarks on a mission to break a meta-human out of Alcatraz and take her back to Gotham city. She has in her possession a card which allows a person who dies to get out of Hell. The story is a wild and wacky and violent road trip from San Francisco to Vegas to the streets of Gotham, and at one point they even ride in an ice cream truck. I don’t want to go further into the story and spoil it, but let’s just say it’s well worth the read.
Gail Simone writes these characters perfectly giving them all back stories and making you care about them right off the bat. The dialogue between Deadshot and Catman in this title is absolutely amazing and powerful. We see how protective Bane is over Scandal and how Ragdoll tries to make light of every situation good and bad. Even the connection between Ragdoll and the main villain is powerful.
Several great artists have contributed to this series. The artwork by Jim Calafiore is beautiful and perfect for this book. He brings out every detail in the characters even if it is a far away shot. The detail of his backgrounds are amazing too and when we see gunfire go through a box or window we actually see it splinter or shatter.
I love this book and I hope you guys check it out. It truly is one of the most original thing in comics that DC has put out. You definitely should be reading Secret Six.