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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Secret Six, #4

Well...like just about everyone else, I feel the need to gush over the latest issue of Gail Simone's "Secret Six". Nicola Scott does a fantastic job as usual, as does everyone else associated with this book. Exactly WHY do I like it so much?

For one thing, it is funny as hell. The artwork is gorgeous, and the dialoge is snappy. There is an actual plot. There is a horrific villain. There are flawed but human protagonists. And it has Deadshot in it.

So...they've discovered the "Get out of Hell, Free" card that was created by Neron. Tarantula of course, is sitting back and smirking, now that she's introduced this little apple of discord into the group. Catman is beginning to freak out. Scandal is disbelieving, yet torn. Bane, bless his heart, is totally pragmatic. Deadshot just doesn't give a shit, which is why I love Deadshot so. Ragdoll doesn't really seem to worry too much about it...yet, anyway. But there are definitely cracks in the wall of cameraderie in this misfit bunch.

Meanwhile, the vile Junior is on his way to waylay our whacky group in Las Vegas. The more that I see of Junior, the more discomfitting he becomes. This is a seriously demented villain, that Gail has created for our amusement. He REALLY wants that card, so that he can continue to kill, mutilate and torture to his heart's content...and yet he really believes in God, and the concepts of good and evil. He makes a pitstop at a Catholic Church, and demands absolution after confessing to the priest. The priest of course, cannot grant him absolution unless he actually repents his sins, which of course he does not. There is a tiny moment when you realize that the priest knows he is about to be killed and how he deals with his knowledge, that is quite poignant.

Bane continues to try and nurture Scandal in a fatherly sort of way. Scandal continues to be rather nonplussed by this behavior, but it is rather sweet when she finally realizes that as weird as it may be, he actually IS sincere. Blake continues to fall apart, and accidentally stabs Scandal while he's fighting with Bane, which was certainly reckless of him.

Finally, we are introduced to Jeanette, The Last Victim, and an old friend of Scandal's at the Las Vegas casino that she controls. She welcomes them with open arms, and then some. I have to admire Ragdoll's utter delight in...well, in everything. Too bad that things immediately hit the fan, when Bane is captured by Junior, and everyone else is attacked by the hordes of bad guys recruited by Junior.

Then our favorite poisoner shows up. How's THAT for a cliffhanger?

Is this going to be an ongoing series now? I originally thought that it was only a mini-series, but I'd be delighted beyond belief if this was to be an on-going. It would take some of the sting out of losing Blue Beetle.

In short, I give this twelve out of twelve butter brickle icecream cones!


At 12:52 PM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

Yep, it's an ongoing. Here's hoping it goes 110+ issues.

At least as long as Gail is writing it...

At 7:07 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Oh happy happy, joy joy. I honestly can't imagine anyone except Gail ever being able to write the Six.

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Patrick C said...

First, I have to say I love the saying "apple of discord."

That said, my comic shop sold out of this! I still haven't read it! Here's hoping they get reorders so I can get it this week.

At 9:11 PM, Blogger Christian Zamora said...

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At 5:54 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

My Goodness! Thank you!

At 6:15 AM, Blogger Christian Zamora said...

You're welcome!!!!!

At 6:18 AM, Blogger Sea-of-Green said...

Just the very idea of Bane trying to be "fatherly" is just so STRANGE to me.

At 7:02 AM, Blogger Dwayne "the canoe guy" said...

You know what would be wonderfully wicked awesome? Somehow, Hex from the future ends up in the middle of the Secret Six. I think Deadshot would actually show some emotion on that one. Of course, I can see Jonah shooting Ragdall after about 15 seconds.

At 7:38 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Poor Jonah. I don't think he'd know quite WHAT to do! But yes, I imagine that Ragdoll's continued existance would be moot.

At 4:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gail has an amazing gift for twisted, bawdy, and above all, black humour*. There were flashes of it in BOP and Atom, but here she can just go to town. I hope DC (for once) can just let her run with it as long as she wants.

*Note: it can be difficult to compliment her on this in person without seeming vaguely creepy.


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