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Secret Six #8

Posted: Monday, April 13, 2009
By: Shawn Hill

Gail Simone
Carlos Rodriguez, Bit (i)
DC Comics
Plot: In which some of the more photogenic Six have a night on the town, only it's a really bad time for Scandal's 'no killing' rule to go into effect. She's busy trying to impress her new date.

Comments: Reading this book is sort of like scratching your id to see what crawls out. This team has survived a very prolonged battle over a get-out-of-Hell-free card, and to their own surprise they're still (mostly) together. It turns out there is honor (of a sort) among thieves. In fact, the team's familiar intimacy may be their greatest asset, even as it makes all of their mutual flaws glaringly clear.

This issue continues the very mature humor, as Scandal goes shopping for various accoutrements for Jeannette (a lady with very specific tastes) and runs into the stripper who popped out of her birthday cake at a particularly low point in her recent life. The stripper remembers the night better than the drunken Scandal did and wants a reprise. Scandal tries to talk some sense into the girl with a golden heart, but it's clear the na´ve beauty has no clue what's best for her.

So, Deadshot (who tried to kill everyone, for their own good, a few issues back), Scandal (daughter of Vandal Savage), Jeannette (an immortal who could make De Sade blush) and the sweetheart Liana end up at a club full of DCU costume fetishists, and attract the attention of a very sleazy group of white supremacists who are wayyyyy too dumb not to wade into the viper pit. Much dumber than Liana, who at least has Scandal's protection to rely on.

Deadshot has proven an amusing comic foil under Simone's pen (the cover might be enough clue to the secret whimsy of the porno 'stache dude himself), and here we see him cope with events that are put him a little off his game, such as wearing a nice suit on a date, taking care of attackers out of sight in the bathroom, and promising to kill people later if they'll only give him a break during dinner.

Suffice it to say, you'd never want to be on the wrong side of this crew (their codes are exceedingly strict for the unwary), but Simone makes you see the humanity that remains among them. And between them.

There's a bonus of an inspired sequence with Ragdoll, who has his own counterpoint to play to the pretty people's story. In this strip, Amanda Gould's charming cartoons just make Simone's smart words all the more biting. This series is a nasty piece of work, and it better keep it up!



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