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Review: Secret Six #5

Secret Six #5 CoverAfter the initial attack on Big Shot’s home (and the shocking revelation of one member’s true identity), the team’s suburban retreat has been exposed. As the team starts to fracture, this highly dysfunctional band of outcasts prepares for the next strike from Mockingbird!

Wives!? It seems this issue revolves around wives, as they seem to be the driving motivation by a couple of characters. Writer Gail Simone lays a lot on the table with this issue, but also keeps the humor going with subtle (and some not so subtle) jokes.

There are lots of revelations, like the identity of Big Shot (we don’t spoil things here!), what brought these folks together, and why the Riddler is so pissed. Then there’s some interesting questions raised too, like why is Black Alice referencing Swamp Thing and dressed like Hawk? Maybe I missed something?

Dale Eaglesham‘s art style fits the more lighthearted vibe I get from this volume. There’s a lot more jokes and just a positive feel about it all, and that might be due to the brighter colors and setting in the suburbs. It’ll be interesting to see how Eaglesham’s style fits when things get a bit darker, and if it still holds strong.

The issue felt like an Agatha Christie revelation mixed with The Usual Suspects. While it doesn’t quite stand on its own, as part of the story arc, it’s fantastic. A much needed issue that seamlessly fits into the overall story not breaking its stride. Its taken a few issues to get there, but Simone’s latest Secret Six run is starting to remind me a lot of her modern classic run, and that’s a very good thing.

Story: Gail Simone Art: Dale Eaglesham
Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

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