Parademon

The Secret Six. A rag-tag group of baddies who escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can be strangled and left for dead by that creepy-ass Ragdoll.

Anyway, I only read the first Secret Six mini and it was about eight hundred percent more entertaining than I thought it would be. That’s not a knock against series writer Gail Simone—her Birds of Prey stuff was excellent—but my only exposure to the Secret Six was waaay back in Action Comics Weekly. I wasn’t a fan. But BAM!, Simone whipped up a different take and elevated a bunch of D-listers by crafting fun adventures full of fresh characters and snappy dialogue. She did good. So much so I wanted to use a little Secret Six team when losing to friends in HeroClix, but they never released a Ragdoll (click here for him) or a badass Parademon. So I made my own…


Not owning much in the way of comic books any more, I had to go online to find reference for this guy. As the Parademon-themed image at the top of this post would suggest, I couldn’t find much in the way of Secret Six art that showcased a full body shot of our boy here. Not a big deal. There’s an endless amount of Parademon images & toys to use as a guide, and they all look alike, right? Right…?

Turns out the Secret Six creative team DID give him his own distinct costume, a look that made him recognizable as an Apokalips grunt BUT made him stand out in a Parademon crowd. That’s a good feeling, spending hours hunched over a miniature, putting the final touches on and it and SURPRISE, the reference material you used wasn’t accurate. F*ck it, though. I’m still posting these pictures.

Ingredients: I wanted him to have a beefy look, so I went with the absurdly scaled Hydra agent (Sinister), an even more absurd firearm (Cable—of course—Mutant Mayhem) and finished it off with a set of wings (Mach-1, Sinister). Costume trimmings were strips of index card cut to shape and then hardened with a drop of Krazy Glue. Some acrylic paint, a coat of matte sealant and this Parademon–whichever one he is–was done. Custom Parademon dial here.

So what does the Secret Six Parademon suit look like? I finally found a group shot on some random website, and lookit that…the S6 ‘demon has more of an Apokalips bathrobe thing going on. Ech…one day I’ll go back and make a comic-accurate version, but I’m kinda dreading it. The moment I do I know I’m gonna want to make another half dozen or so “regular” Parademons to keep my single grunt happy.

And hey, I have no idea if the below pic is a published piece of DC art or something from a fan site. I tried finding info on it but came up empty. If anyone recognizes where this is from–even if it’s from a Flikr fan page or whatnot–drop a note in the comments section. I wanne give credit where it’s due.

Oh, one last thing. If they ever make a Secret Six animated series, the opening credits should be the exact opposite of this.

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10 Responses

  1. THIS IS THE COOLEST THING I EVER SAW.

    So jealous!

    These really are amazing. Thank you!

    Gail

  2. Hmmm…I think that’s really Gail Simone. Her links go back to comic sites where it seems legit.

    Anyway, glad you dug ’em. Ragdoll’s a great little character, and the scene where his buddy died in that first ‘Six storyine? That–in a medium where death has become all but meaningless–was one of the more moving scenes in comics. Well done.

    On an unrelated note, I have yet to win any game of ‘Clix with Ragdoll, Parademon or any of the S6. I blame God.

  3. I am the Gail Simone who writes Secret Six, and also happen to be a big Heroclix fan–I have boxes and boxes and boxes of them. When they announced the Scandal figure, I thought I’d die. I haven’t been keeping up, so when I first saw the Ragdoll figure, I thought it was an official release, dang it all!

    And thank you, that scene in the VU mini (which is what I think you’re talking about) is one of my favorite bits as well. I still miss that particular fodder!

    Best,

    Gail

  4. Ah, right, right, ‘Villains United’…I keep thinking of that as the first S6 mini. I was sad to see [!SPOILER ALERT!] Parademon go, but it elevated the entire story. I was happy to see he wasn’t replaced with ‘Random Parademon #2,780.’

  5. Based solely on this thread, I went and picked up Villains United and the next Secret Six trade. I’m halfway through the 2nd trade and highly enjoying it. I do agree with ya, Pat, that Parademon stole the show.

    • I have gotten a lot of enjoyment from the Secret Six since they debuted in that Villains United mini. Andrew (and anybody else who may be reading) should check out the Birds of Prey TPB “Dead of Winter” for another multi-issue dose of the Secret Six penned by Simone and drawn by Nicola Scott who is also very talented in my opinion. The two creators currently produce the ongoing Secret Six series which is more often than not the first comic I read whenever I get my books delivered. As a fair warning, the plots aren’t always 100% airtight but the characterization, twisted humor & innovative violence make the stories highly entertaining nonetheless.

  6. I love how GS writes scenes featuring people with strong connections/feelings for one another. The Oracle/Canary stuff from BoP, Parademon/Ragdoll in VU, and did you ever see that episode of JLU she wrote where Huntress & Question go up against GA & Canary? The interplay between all of them is fantastic.

    Simone’s characterization/dialogue/portrayal of relationships reminds me of Terry Moore’s stuff from ‘Strangers in Paradise,’ very believable and heartfelt.

  7. She writes a terrific Bane too. I never gave a crap about that character until he wound up in the Secret Six. Now he’s one of my favorites!

  8. Cool!! Gail Simone!! ❤

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