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Secret Six #1

Posted: Monday, September 8, 2008
By: Erik Norris

Gail Simone
Nicola Scott, Doug Hazlewood (i), Jason Wright (c)
DC Comics
It makes me really happy to see the Secret Six get their own ongoing series. It seems like the only word to describe it is “finally.” Gail Simone has already proven twice that she knows how to write a great book with this set of characters and hopefully a third time will be the charm to keep these guys around far into the future.

The first issue does a good job hitting the major story points to make the book accessible for new readers and enticing to those familiar with the characters. Therefore, we get an opening segment to showcase the threat of this opening story-arc, multiple sequences showing the team dynamic of between the six, which has always been the book’s biggest draw, and a good cliffhanger that specifically involves a member of the six as well as other big names of the DC Universe. You really can’t ask for more from an opening issue that needs to lay the foundation for everything to build off.

Like I mentioned prior, Gail Simone was born to write these characters. I mean, she made Catman cool. Catman! The choice to use some truly minor characters from the DCU allows Simone to cut loose with her creativity and that means a more entertaining comic for readers. You never know what will happen next or how the lives of the Secret Six will be altered. Another highlight of the writing is that Simone has chosen to focus all of her Secret Six work on the personalities of her characters instead of how bad-ass she can make the plots. The perfect example of this is the first scene with Catman and Deadshot going to a convenience store to pick up some ice cream. I figure this will be the sequence most readers will remember after finishing the book as it was awesomely hilarious.

As for the artwork in Secret Six #1, Nicola Scott does a fantastic job. She not only nails the look of the entire main cast but makes this new villain, Junior, creepy without ever actually seeing him. I particularly liked her version of Catman who looks just as bad-ass as I remember Dale Eaglesham drawing him in the Villains United mini-series. Overall, I really have nothing to complain about when it comes to the line work in Secret Six #1. Nicola Scott had some big shoes to fill when looking back at the talent that has tackled these characters but she wildly exceeded my expectations.

I really hope Secret Six stays around for a good long time. The fan demand is there, and now it’s a matter of getting everyone, through word of mouth, to give this series a shot and make it a financial success for DC. It’s a great writer, teamed with an excellent artist, working on characters that gel together so well that the comic practically writes itself for Gail. The Secret Six is a perfect example of the saying, “There are no bad characters, only bad writers.”



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