Secret Six #1 | Writer: Gail Simone | Artists: Ken Lashley, Drew Geraci | Colorist: Jason Wright | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $2.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
One of the disappointing causalities of DC Comics New 52 was the Secret Six series. Once again, the talented Gail Simone is at the helm of this clandestine awakening.
The story begins with what appears to be the team members being collected under mysterious circumstances and dumped into a dark, empty room.
We get to know the characters in an incarcerated setting which amplified the rising tension in the room. Things unfold slowly, but Simone reveals nothing, even though a lot is happening.
Catman is the focus of the story and the only character with any tangible connection to the pre-reboot group.
Ken Lashley and Drew Geraci illustrate a threatening tone with rough character work that emanates a darkness that can be distracting at times but ultimately succeeds.
So, what’s the secret? That’s what we all want to know and Simone does a fantastic job of keeping the reader guessing without waiving that “I know something you don’t know” flag in our face.
No matter how you slice it, Secret Six is back with a vengeance!
While Catman’s hefty screen time might be an issue to some, it was an appropriate creative decision since this series is one of the first titles people think of when referencing’s Simone’s body of work.
Catman is the character Simone has a lot of experience writing and he is used as a vehicle to reintroduce the world to something bad with a twist.
Score: 4.5 out of 5