Art By: J. Calafiore
Coloring By: John Kalisz
Lettering By: Travis Lanham
Edited By: Rickey Purdin
Associate Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Cover By: Daniel Luvisi
Does anyone else smell a twisted sense of justice and satisfaction infecting this issue? I certainly do. #34 not only wraps up the hell bound story arc but also gives clairvoyance to much of the sentimentality existing within the Six since it began almost two years ago.
The Six…er, well, the five…find out where Liana has been held captive by her “Savior” and set her free. After the rescue mission is complete, the Six go back to their normal lives…and I use the term loosely. This is more than just a violently sexy issue and is the pinnacle of the amount of depth comics have achieved in the modern age.
My Awe Inspiring Opinion
So did anyone take a peek at the letters section of this issue? I must say I’m geeking out like crazy that a letter of mine actually made it into my favorite comic book title. Thanks DC, and thank you Gail for grinning gleefully within that castle of yours! I wish I owned a castle.
Ok, enough about me, let’s move on to bigger and better things…like the Secret Six! I’m a sucker for these kinds of issues; the characters poor out their emotions and suck the readers in in the process. Simone paints an interesting picture of a villain team who seems to have a strong sense of morals within their own world…Minus Deadshot, he really doesn’t care most of the time.
While it’s only a small aspect to #34, the opening sequence really drives a joyous rusty nail into my imagination. It’s always interesting to see characters loose themselves in the moment of delivering justice to the ones that harm others. Scandal Savage says very little after finding Liana’s kidnapper. After a brutal scene with the bad guy getting his just deserts, Scandal delivers the coup de grace. Just a hint, don’t piss off a women in love, you may just have you eyes gouged out…but not before you fingers are bitten off, your kneecap shot, and your body broken.
But it’s within this scene which truly defines the Six and how much they need each other. (Except for Deadshot, he STILL could care less right?) The Six delves into an exceptionally emotional and touchy-feely montage of feelings and modes of expression. Scandal, since the beginning, has always been the most expressive of the Six with Bane following up a close second. But under Scandal’s influence, and through the events of recently visiting hell, the Six finally opens up to each other in ways most families can’t.
But the gleaming moment for me comes out in the final page where Scandal lays on her bed stroking her weapon of choice with Jeanette walking seductively into the room. It’s not because these two women seem ready to partake in an act of lesbian awesomeness, (and believe me guys, that’s the first thing that will pop in your head) but rather it’s the powerfully moving, yet brief speech Jeanette gives to Scandal. They’ve accepted their destiny in Hell, which means they are not constrained by the rules set by man. Yet she states this in such a way that makes you believe in their goodness and forget about their evils.
As always, J. Calafiore can do no wrong. He’s an excellent judge of how to make each character sexy even during those exceptionally violent moments. The page where Scandal and Ragdoll embrace each other’s hand is a blue lite masterpiece which gave me chills.
My Majestically Climactic Conclusion
Once again, Simone and Calafiore produce a flawless installment of the Secret Six. It’s one of the saddest moments for me in my comic book collecting career, however, to hear of its inevitable cancellation due to the DCU reboot. I can’t say I’m happy about this decision as it pushes my favorite comic out the door to make way for…something else. But, while I still have time, I’m going to enjoy the ending arc that I’m sure Gail has planned starting next month. Gail, you are an amazing writer!
10 out of 10
+ 4 Incentive Points.