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Favorite Comic Runs RESULTS: Gail Simone's BATGIRL or SECRET SIX?

Come see which series the community sided with and why. Also, there's a tease for next week's match!

Ladies and gentlemen, voting for the very first edition of "Favorite Comic Runs" has come to an end. This week, we wanted everyone to reflect on Gail Simone's SECRET SIX and her current run on BATGIRL. And don't worry, a writer can appear in this segment multiple times with different stories. After five days of voting and thinking about the two books, the community had no problem picking a favorite. Earning 55% of the votes, Simone's SECRET SIX wins!

BATGIRL went down swinging, receiving 22% of the votes. 5% of voters love the runs equally and another 5% don't like either series. A disappointing 13% hasn't read either! That's okay, though, because one of the goals with this segment is to promote stories we love and think you should absolutely check out. Hopefully this premiere pairing motivated some of you out there to pick up a SECRET SIX trade or give her current BATGIRL series a shot.

Simone's SECRET SIX was only 36 issues long but man, it left quite an impact. The writer did a beyond commendable job breathing new life into each character and creating so many engaging relationships between the teammates. For example, Bane became lovable (yes, lovable, that's not a typo) and she was able to turn Catman into a fan favorite and a legitimate badass. It was severely disappointing to see this series come to an end, so hopefully DC editorial has plans to resurrect sometime it in the future.

Viner Post of the Week about SECRET SIX is by mightyrearranger

"Secret Six, for sure. The Villains United arc upset a lot of fans who felt their favorites got "jobbed" by the Six, but that was kinda the point. They got incredibly lucky on more than one occasion in some hilarious ways.

I think Gail's Batgirl has evolved into a very underrated book (now that the editorial has probably taken their hands off the wheel a bit), but Secret Six was the book that really got me into DC comics again. Gail mixed her own characters with classics like Bane, Deadshot, King Shark, and Catman, and added a ton of emotional dimension to each of them. Whether it's Ragdoll's bromances with Parademon (later King Shark, briefly and ill-fatedly Mad Hatter), Scandal and Bane's platonic respect for each other, Catman's evolution into an alpha-male, or Black Alice's struggles with her powers, everyone had some sort of personal touch of characterization going on that made me appreciate them all individually."

If you're looking to read more of Simone's stories, we recommend checking out her work on BIRDS OF PREY, WONDER WOMAN, AGENT X, and VILLAINS UNITED. That's just naming a few, so if there's something else you strongly recommend, be sure to give it some love in the comments below.

Hey, guess what? We have a tease for next week's face off! Here's a small part of the image that'll be used in Monday's article. Can you identify the two covers and who the writer is? Be the first to guess it all correctly and we'll be sure to give you a bit of praise in Monday's feature. Yes, that means if you're going to take a swing at it, please only post when you think you're able to solve all of it instead of just one of the covers.

Want to suggest a writer and two of their stories for the segment? Tell us below or send it to Gregg via Twitter.

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Edited by Psycho_Soldier

told you, clear winner

the only redeemable thing about the current run are some of the covers, and still we had Luvisi on Secret Six, so it's a win for them too

Edited by Agent Paradox 9

The correct answer is Gail Simone's original run on Birds of Prey.

Just sayin'.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Man I realllllllllly miss Secret Six also I suck and guessing these teasers

Posted by SoA

if it is the same writer im going to say alex ross. i could be wrong/blind

also whoo! secret six was awesome and im glad i was not alone on that !!

Posted by k4tzm4n

The correct answer is Gail Simone's original run on Birds of Prey.

Just sayin'.

First paragraph says a writer can appear in the segment multiple times ;)

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Posted by nigravirum1

To me Gails "Birds of Prey" is one of the best runs in comics... That always wins!

Posted by LCazT1996

@soa said:

if it is the same writer im going to say alex ross.

What? Alex Ross isn't a writer...

As for this poll, I voted that I haven't read either. I read the first three issues of the current Batgirl series but never got around to reading the rest of it. I'll have to give both of them a try. :)

Edited by SlamAdams

Glad Secret Six won. I can't stand new 52 Batgirl. Too much unnecessary prose and exposition in the narration boxes. You don't need to "paint" the picture so much when it accompanies an actual painted picture.

Posted by Saren

The image on the right in the teaser is definitely Batman RIP. I don't know what the one on the left is, but it loses.

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Posted by SlamAdams

@soa said:

if it is the same writer im going to say alex ross.

What? Alex Ross isn't a writer...

As for this poll, I voted that I haven't read either. I read the first three issues of the current Batgirl series but never got around to reading the rest of it. I'll have to give both of them a try. :)

I don't know how involved he actually is or if its just honorary but doesn't he get writing credits all the time like on Justice and Kingdom Come

Edited by Saren

Ok, it's All Star Superman vs Batman RIP.

Hrrrrrm. I'll think about it.

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Posted by hart7668

@saren said:

The image on the right in the teaser is definitely Batman RIP. I don't know what the one on the left is, but it loses.

I do believe the image on the left is All-Star Superman numero uno

Edited by braynehurricane

@saren: Beat me to the punch! I'd have to say All-Star Superman. Though it doesn't really seem fair comparing the two considering All-Star is a self-contained story and Batman RIP is part of a much larger story.

Posted by k4tzm4n

"Be the first to guess it all correctly and we'll be sure to give you a bit of praise in Monday's feature. Yes, that means if you're going to take a swing at it, please only post when you think you're able to solve all of it instead of just one of the covers."

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Posted by Billy Batson

Simone's Secret Six was longer than 36 issues if you count Villains United, the mini and the crossover issues.

And the segment is called "favorite runs" so it'd be weird to use All Star Superman since it's not a "run".

BB

Posted by TDK_1997

I think the next ones are All-Star Superman and Batman RIP.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@billy_batson said:

Simone's Secret Six was longer than 36 issues if you count Villains United, the mini and the crossover issues.

And the segment is called "favorite runs" so it'd be weird to use All Star Superman since it's not a "run".

BB

So much QQ.

So. Much.

Seeing as Villains United is recommended at the bottom, we were obviously considering it as a different thing. I figured there's an annual or something along those lines I wasn't taking into account or recalling, but the volume -- just the standard issues in the wiki -- was 36. The first article said the segment can include a writer's work -- be it a whole volume or just a story arc -- so there. The intention behind the segment is crystal clear anyway, so I say begone to your technicalities and instead think about where your vote will go next week.

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Posted by ClawFist

Where was I during the voting process? Secret Six was awesome, when the New 52 was announced I was really hoping this series was going to transition.

Posted by LCazT1996

@lcazt1996 said:

@soa said:

if it is the same writer im going to say alex ross.

What? Alex Ross isn't a writer...

As for this poll, I voted that I haven't read either. I read the first three issues of the current Batgirl series but never got around to reading the rest of it. I'll have to give both of them a try. :)

I don't know how involved he actually is or if its just honorary but doesn't he get writing credits all the time like on Justice and Kingdom Come

...not to my knowledge.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@clawfist said:

Where was I during the voting process? Secret Six was awesome, when the New 52 was announced I was really hoping this series was going to transition.

It's announced every Monday and the poll can always be located in the general discussion (and is then locked Friday morning ET).

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Posted by Billy Batson

@k4tzm4n said:

Seeing as Villains United is recommended at the bottom, we were obviously considering it as a different thing. I figured there's an annual or something along those lines I wasn't taking into account or recalling, but the volume -- just the standard issues in the wiki -- was 36.

There was a six-issue mini right before the ongoing http://www.comicvine.com/secret-six/4050-22437/ and an Action Comics and later a Doom Patrol crossover.

BB

Edited by kantrip

As much as I'm enjoying (finally) the current BatGirl run, Secret Six is what finally sold me on DC comics. Before that nothing else really made me want to care about these characters, but those 6 (8, gods I lost count by the end) Z-List villains made me give a damn. Hell my first Cosplay was Ragdoll.

I was hoping that The Movement would mimic that broken family underdog energy of Secret Six but right now it is feeling rushed and unclear. At least editorial is letting Gail do more on both of her books. The past few issues of Batgirl and Movement have felt more like Gail cutting loose.

Posted by Hit_Monkey

The correct answer is Gail Simone's original run on Birds of Prey.

Just sayin'.

Check out this insufferable hipster.

Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND

I really miss Secret Six. It used to be one of my favorite books. It's a damn shame they didn't bring it back when they rebooted the DCU.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@saren: Beat me to the punch! I'd have to say All-Star Superman. Though it doesn't really seem fair comparing the two considering All-Star is a self-contained story and Batman RIP is part of a much larger story.

All star Superman has ties to DC 1 million. The fight with Solaris and the fight with the chronovore (The time eater thing.) with Superman squad are referenced in DC 1 million. That said I read Batman RIP standalone at first (I read the others now) both work as a standalones.

Posted by Cavemold

Secert six by far for me. Batgirl has been let down all around for me

Posted by andy_117

Secret Six is pretty much my favourite series of DC's. It saddens me there's no Omnibus and a lot of the TPBs are out of print.

Posted by entropy_aegis

Secret Six obviously,it's Gail's best work,even better than her first run on BOP. Now All-Star vs RIP that's really tough for me.

Posted by Ace20XD6

Shows why Gail Simone should have been in charge of New 52's Suicide Squad.

Posted by Trodorne

Secret Six was Simones best writing as well as birds of prey. I found there was alot of great stories that came out before and after the reboot. Some things I wish they kept and other things that should have been redone.

Posted by DylanOfEarth2

Batman R.I.P. and all star superman?

Posted by Agent Paradox 9

@agent_paradox_9 said:

The correct answer is Gail Simone's original run on Birds of Prey.

Just sayin'.

Check out this insufferable hipster.

The only insufferable thing in this thread was your weak attempt at an insult.

Thanks for playing, try again.

Posted by Hit_Monkey

@agent_paradox_9:

The only weak thing on this thread was your insufferable attempt at a retort.

Thanks for trying, play again. ;)