Membership: Attuma, Nagala, Orka, Piranha, Sea Urchin, Tiger Shark

Purpose: To conquer Atlantis and defeat Namor

Affiliations: Attuma's armies

Enemies: Defenders (Dr. Strange, Hellcat, Hulk, Namor, Nighthawk, Silver Surfer, Valkyrie)

Base of Operations: Atlantis

First Appearance: Defenders II#7 (September, 2001)

History: (Defenders II#7 (fb)-BTS) - Hoping to conquer Atlantis, and knowing Namor would return to oppose him, Attuma gathered a group of like-minded individuals.

(Defenders II#7) - Namor and the Defenders arrived on the outskirts of Atlantis, and were confronted by Deep Six and Attuma's armies.  Before much conflict could take place, Namor, the Hulk and Dr. Stranger were teleported away by their shared curse.  The remaining Defenders used their mystical ring to escape before Attuma could have them killed.

(Defenders II#11) - The Defenders, once again whole (having regained the services of the Silver Surfer), led another charge on Atlantis.  This time, the heroes decided to utilize a battle plan that would keep Attuma and Nagala, the two most powerful members of the team, occupied while the rest were defeated.  The Hulk disregarded the plan and attacked Orka, but the rest followed through.  They easily defeated Tiger Shark, Piranha and Sea Urchin before they turned their attention to Nagala.  She was knocked unconscious when the Surfer removed the oxygen from the water she had been breathing.  With his group defeated, Attuma was severely beaten and defeated by Namor.

Comments: Assembled by Kurt Busiek, Erik Larsen and Sal Buscema

Nowhere in the two appearances is this group referred to as Deep Six.  To the best of my knowledge, it was only referred to as that in the official Marvel solicits (and possibly the "next issue" blurbs in the previous issues, but I don't have those). However, since Marvel at least named them there, it's official.

Nagala was the only new character to appear on the team, and she has since gone on to appear in the New Thunderbolts series as a leader of Fathom Five, a similar group.

Tiger Shark is depicted on the cover of Defenders II#7 in his mutated form, but the actual story has him in his more classic look. As I am not a reader of the Namor books, I have no idea which is supposed to be correct.

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Defenders II#7, page 14, panel 1

Defenders II#7 (September, 2001) - Kurt Busiek & Erik Larson (writers), Erik Larson (penciler), Sal Buscema (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Defenders II#11 (January, 2002) - Kurt Busiek & Erik Larson (writers), Erik Larson (penciler), Sal Buscema (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)

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