DC's 'Secret Six' to Return in December

Secret Six Cover - P 2014
<p>Secret Six Cover - P 2014</p>   |   Dale Eaglesham/DC Entertainment
"We hope to be the exact comic Frederic Wertham warned everyone about," the writer teases

It was a series that won both fans’ hearts and awards for its presentation of LGBT characters — and delighted in tweaking Internet expectations in the process. Now, more than three years after its cancellation, creator Gail Simone is resurrecting DC Entertainment’s Secret Six, and promising that the new series will be “even filthier” than before.

Unlike the previous incarnation of the series, which teamed six villains from the DC universe as a makeshift mercenary group, the new series will center around six strangers who find themselves trapped in a room with no idea as to how they arrived there. As Simone told the LA Times, the six “instantly do not like each other, and they instantly do not get along with each other.”

Only two of the six characters have been revealed as yet, and both are veterans of the previous incarnation of the series: Thomas Blake, AKA Catman (Yes, really, and yes, he’s heard all the jokes already) and Black Alice, a teenage magician. Dale Eaglesham, who illustrated the first of Simone’s stories with the team in the 2005 Villains United series, will provide covers and character designs for the new series, with Ken Lashley illustrating Simone’s stories.

Responding to the excited response on Twitter, Simone shared that the new team is “going to tear shit UP,” adding “There is a big, bug DCU reveal in the first arc, too. Life is good when the Six are bad!” with the hashtag #WhatIsTheSecret.

But just how bad will the new series be? Simone teased fans by tweeting “We hope to be the exact comic Frederic Wertham warned everyone about,” referencing the psychiatrist whose 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent argued that comic books corrupted America’s youth.

Secret Six launches in December digitally and in comic book stores.