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Secret Six #1

Posted: Monday, May 29, 2006
By: Shawn Hill



“Six Degrees of Devastation: Exposed”

Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Kev Walker (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


Plot: The Six liberate a Korean prison camp, if more by collateral damage than design. They sure look nifty in their winter camouflage. Unfortunately, Dr. Psycho is rather unhappy with them.

Comments: Reading this book is sort of like watching The Sopranos. There’s no honor among thieves, so instead we’re seeing bickering amongst the immoral, and wondering who’s going to die in what creative new way next. Might makes right in this world, and perhaps even more than super-heroes would, these criminals have one thing to worry about: survival, and protection of their loved
ones.

I’m not really sure why being bad is more interesting than being good. In the morally relative world Simone evokes, love and betrayal go hand in hand, and you’re never sure when the bottom is going to fall out on a main character. Still, there’s a little stability: Cat Man and Deadshot have an odd sort of camaraderie, Scandal has found a new girlfriend in Knockout, and Ragdoll will still kill you politely if at all possible.

Well, the taxidermied Parademon in the Doll’s quarters is pretty creepy, but even creepier is having Dr. Psycho on your bad side. After the initial successful mission, each of our anti-heroes takes a little down time, where they are immediately placed in dire circumstances.

It’s entertaining, but predictable. Simone needs a stronger through-line than running from the mad Dr. for six issues, though a final guest star seems to indicate that madness may well be the theme of this series. How does one stay sane amidst madmen? That might be an interesting question, and something along those lines is needed for this title to do more than rest on the laurels it gained with the previous series.

Last time we watched Catman evolve into a player; and both the Countdown series and the Special had a role to play in the overarching Crisis. But the Crisis is over, and now the question is: how do the Six fit into the new world order?



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