SECRET SIX #2
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Ken Lashley, Drew Geraci, and Jason Wright
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: February 11, 2015
The much missed and finally re-launched Secret Six continues to gain momentum as it moves on to its second issue. Still trapped inside a giant underwater coffin, we are given a chance to learn more about the Secret Six’s resident hottie, Catman, as we are shown glimpses of his previous — but no less traumatic — experiences with captivity following his involvement with Project: Mockingbird. Alternating between the past and the present, we watch as he becomes increasingly unstable at the thought of once again being held against his will.
Although very little time is given toward the development of the rest of the cast, they are not the kind of characters one can easily forget. Ventriloquist steals every panel in which she appears and the crazy is almost palpable. The rest of the characters do not fair quite so well but when they speak, you will listen. Left with no choice but to trust each other if they have any hopes of surviving their current predicament, the not yet Secret Six mount a daring escape and one action packed finale later seem to have solidified the team dynamic readers have been waiting for.
Brilliant as ever, Gail Simone creates a real sense of claustrophobia, ramping up the tension while cutting through what could be an incredibly harrowing chain of events with a sense of humor that is as dark as it is necessary. The narrative works to obscure what is actually happening without losing the reader’s interest, as we continue to ask ourselves “What is the secret?” The dialogue, in true Simone style, is incredibly tongue-in-cheek and dripping with sarcasm in such a way as to imbue the characters with an air of sexiness. It’s thoroughly inappropriate, in all of the best ways.
Unfortunately, this book is let down somewhat by Lashley’s artwork. There seems to be some disconnect in the visual storytelling with regards to both the line work and colour that makes it difficult to follow the story. Some panels, and indeed pages, are fairly minimal in their use of colour and detail, while others are completely overwrought, resulting in the imagery becoming confused and unclear.
Regardless of these criticisms, this book more that holds up under scrutiny. It’s fun and weird and I’m not always 100% sure what’s going on and that’s fine. The Secret Six are definitely not going to be mistaken for those Justice Dorks any time soon.
The Verdict: 7.5/10