Gail Simone almost let the "Catman" out of the bag in July when she tweeted about her newest project being something "secret," but now it's official — the writer is relaunching Secret Six in the New 52.
The announcement of the new ongoing series, which will launch in December, came via Hero Complex, with the tease that the series will have at its core the answer to a mystery that "all DC readers will want to know."
The new Secret Six, which features villains-turned-antiheroes who do mostly good, appears to be Simone's only work at DC, after she recently wrapped up her work on the New 52 Batgirl series, where she reintroduced Barbara Gordon in the titular role.
Simone said the new series will feature Catman, a character the writer redefined in the pre-52, as well as Black Alice, a magic-based character that Simone created during her run on Birds of Prey. The comic will open with Catman, Black Alice and four other strangers trapped in a room, unsure how they got there.
Although the other four characters are unidentified, the cover features what looks like a Talon, from the Batman universe's Court of Owls mythology. A likely candidate is the Talon known as Strix, a character Simone created for her Batgirl "Court of Owls" tie-in issue, who later became a member of the New 52 Birds of Prey.
The New 52 versions of the characters are being designed by Dale Eaglesham, who had worked on Catman's previous look (when he was reintroduced in the 2005 mini-series Villains United, which spawned the 2006 launch of Simone's previous Secret Six run). Eaglesham will also be providing covers.
The writer said her new Secret Six will have the same "black humor and edginess" that gave her previous, pre-52 Six such a loyal fan following. She called the comic "a very dangerous, sexy book."