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4.6 out of 5 stars

VINE VOICEon 22 April 2006
There are four trade paperbacks that comprise the countdown to the Infinite Crisis, the story that redefines the DC Universe. Villains United stands out for several reasons as best of the bunch.

The first is that the story is pretty self-contained and straightforward. You don't need to know a lot of details about characters' pasts or the cosmology of the fictional universe to get what's happening. The supervillains of the DC Universe are teaming up to take down the superheroes, all except for six bad guys called the Secret Six who are being blackmailed by a mystery man called Mockingbird into attacking the Society of Supervillains. The result is a big, action movie ride of a story, where no one can be trusted and you don't know what will happen next. Because these are supervillains and as such they aren't held by the same moral codes as superheroes, so they really are unpredictable.

The second standout detail is that this book is written by Gail Simone, one of those rare female comic book writers who should be more prominent but who also has a control of humour and drama that puts a lot of male writers to shame.

Third is the art of Dale Eaglesham, which is very very easy on the eye. He has to draw literally dozens of different costumes and freaks and it all looks consistent and exciting, which is often lost amongst today's search by artists for realism. Just look at that cover. The work inside, which stretches from the African savannahs to rainlashed docklands to the final showdown at the house of secrets, never fails to convince.

One caveat is that there are some loose plotlines at the end which are to be gathered up in Infinite Crisis, but that does not stop the book being a satisfying read.
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on 16 July 2013
The Secret Society of Supervillians, a dangerous of the most powerful villains in the DC Universe for many years joined together many times throughout the DC Universe's history. Recently, the villains have discovered that the Justice League have mindwiped them during the events of the Identity Crisis when the JLA's darkest secret was that they mindwiped Doctor Light when he raped Sue Dibny, the wife of longtime JLA member Elongated Man. After the secret was out, the villains say that revenge is now. Lex Luthor, former president of the USA returns to form a new Secret Society of Supervillains with the main group of the most dangerous villains in the DC Universe like Deathstroke, Black Adam, Doctor Psycho, Calculator, and Talia al Ghul. They have successfully recruited many of the most dangerous villians the DC Universe like Phobia of the Brotherhood of Evil, Multiplex, Captain Nazi, Hellhound, King Shark, Mr. Freeze, Weather Wizard and many more. Their Goal is to get revenge on the JLA and many other heroes in the DC Universe for mind-wiping them.

However, not all villains have joined the Society. A group of villains called the Secret Six have formed to fight the Society on the orders of the mysterious Mockingbird. The Secret Six consists of Catman: a villain turned Hero that has battled Batman, Cheshire, a villainess that has battled the Teen Titans, Ragdoll, one of Darkseid's Parademons, Deadshot, a another Batman villain and Scandal Savage, the daughter of Vandal Savage. Their mission is to battle the Society, find out what they are doing and stop them at any cost. Will the Secret Six be able to defeat the Society? And who is the Mockingbird?

I love this tie-in to the Infinite Crisis. The Writing, artwork and everything is really well done and I love the fact that Cheshire looks like Marsha Quist from the 1981 horror movie classic the Howling. I also love the fact many villains in the DC Universe show up in this tie-in to the Infinite Crisis. Highly recommended. A beautiful read.
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VINE VOICEon 13 January 2008
Following on from the Identity Crisis series and part of the Countdown to Infinite Crisis, this book deals with the reaction of the super-villain community to the knowledge that the JLA has been tampering their minds. In order to prevent such a thing happening again Lex Luthor, Talia Al Ghûl, Deathstroke, Black Adam, Calculator and Dr Psycho found the Secret Society of Super-Villains and begin recruiting criminals from around the world. Of those approached by the burgeoning Society six refuse but are later recruited by the mysterious Mockingbird to become the Secret Six and appose the Society at every turn.

Personally I have always found villains to be far more interesting heroes and as this story sees two groups of villains go toe to toe I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot is interesting, the art is a joy to behold throughout the book and the dialog is witty and has a natural feel to it. Although it is a good idea to have read at least some of the stories leading up to this book, the story itself is generally rather self contained and easy to read, although there are a few loose ends which I guess will be tied up elsewhere. Although not my favourite of the Countdown to Infinite Crisis series it is defiantly well worth reading.
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on 10 January 2011
I'd agree with previous reviewers that this is the strongest of the Infinite Crisis preludes, marginally edging ahead of 'Day of Vengeance'. The story reads as a nice self-contained work while carrying on previously established threads from Identity Crisis and setting up plenty of sub-plots for future storylines.

Gail Simone is a very good character writer, dealing in unspectacular but thouroughly enjoyable tales which are rarely cheesy or over-the-top despite the nature of the characters involved. After reading this series I dscovered that some of the major players were entirely new creations making their debut within this book. This was a major surprise as they instantly came across as established characters well ingrained in the DC Universe.

Overall, a really entertaining story. I would recommend to anyone who fancies reading an easily accessible story featuring lesser known DC characters.
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on 16 September 2013
A story about a group of B list villains who are recruited to take down the society by a mysterious individual with a grudge.
Having leverage on all of them one way or another he sends them on a series of missions to destroy or destabilise a part of the group.
The action is well done and despite the fact that they're criminal parasites the book does make you care about the fate of these out matched underdogs .
But as is often the case with advertising this is a peripheral tie in at best,there almost nothing here about the crisis.
But it is a fun little book
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on 8 December 2015
Great read, reminds me of a suicide squad comic, for more go to https://www.linkedin.com.facebook.com/mygraphicreviews/
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on 13 February 2016
product as described and arrived early, very happy with my purchase
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