The Greatest Gail Simone Stories Ever Told!
Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).
Today’s list is the Greatest Gail Simone Stories Ever Told!
10. “The Circle” Wonder Woman #14-19
Simone began her run on Wonder Woman with this powerful arc, drawn by Terry Dodosn, Rachel Dodson and Ron Randall. The main thrust of the story is a group of Nazis try to take over Paradise Island now that only Hippolyta is left (after the events of Amazons Attack). The Nazis find a surprising group of allies on the island, as they encounter “The Circle,” a group of Amazons selected by Hippolyta as her personal guard years ago. This group turned on Hippolyta when Hippolyta decided to have Diana. They felt that Hippolyta was going to ruin the Amazon race with a child. So now Wonder Woman has to not only take over a bunch of Nazis, but a group of well-trained Amazons who are experts in the “old ways.” Luckily, in this story, Wonder Woman befriended a group of Gorillas (from Gorilla City), who help her out. The Gorillas are awesome.
9. “Fade to Grey” Welcome to Tranquility #1-6
Tranquility is a seemingly normal small town, except that nearly all of its inhabitants are retired superheroes and supervillains! Watching over all of them is the breakout character from the series, Sheriff Thomasina “Tommy” Lindo. Written by Simone with art by Neil Googe and Billy Dallas Patton, the series opens with the murder of one of the town’s most popular retired hero, Mr. Articulate. Sheriff Lindo’s investigation throws the whole town into disarray and unearths more than one secret held by its townsfolk. An alternatingly funny, charming and tragic work, Simone creates a number of interesting characters in this delightful series.
8. “Healing Factor” Deadpool #65-69
In this storyline, which led into Simone’s reboot of Deadpool as Agent X, Deadpool is challenged by a master assassin named Black Swan, who feels that Deadpool is disgracing his profession. He has the power to mess with Deadpool’s mind and as a result, he gives Deadpool a debitlitating mental illness. Of course, this being Deadpool, he’s able to fight it off for a few issues before the pair have an explosive final battle against each other. During this storyline, Taskmaster got a re-design and Simone introduced two popular new characters, Deadpool’s assistant Sandi and the cowgirl Outlaw. The mixture of humor and darkness that Simone used during this run popped up a lot during her Secret Six run. Udon Studios did the artwork.
7. “The Darkest House” Secret Six #31-33
Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore bring Secret Six near its finale by going back to how the ongoing series began, with the “Get Out of Jail Free Card.” Scandal considers using the card to save her long-lost love, but soon the team is dragged to hell itself when a team member betrays them all. This story was like a love letter (a dark love letter, but a love letter nevertheless) to longtime fans of the series as there was a lot of callbacks to prior Secret Six tales.
6. “Cats in the Cradle” Secret Six #19-22
In this four-part story by Simone and Jim Calafiore, a group of men try to get Catman to turn against his teammates by kidnapping his son. He instead tells them that he will now treat his son as dead and will now hunt them all down and kill them. The rest of the story is the stark reality of Catman (the “world’s greatest tracker”) doing exactly that, as we see flashbacks to his childhood along the way. And when he discovers who was behind the whole ordeal? It, like the rest of the story, is rough stuff.
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