Penciled & Inked By: J. Calafiore
Coloring By: John Kalisz
Lettering By: Travis Lanham
Edited By: Rachel Gluckstern
Cover By: Daniel LuVisi
Like most of Simone’s Secret Six storylines, the twisted sense of family loyalty is brought up as the villain team is impossibly outnumbered by Ragdoll’s minions within the depths of Hell. The card is still his hands and Scandal Savage will stop at nothing to take for herself. But the Six will have to fight past their own personal Hells before doing what must be done.
My Awe Inspiring Opinion
As already stated, Gail Simone presents such a fascinating viewpoint to the concept of family love, loyalty, and forgiveness. Lady Blaze gives the team an ultimatum – serve in Hell as her minions, or suffer an eternity in Hell as the rest of damned souls. Faced against all odds, Scandal and the rest of the Six determine that they are, and have been ready to die for a long time and will fight Lady Blaze to the very end.
The best attribute the Six has is their unrelenting vigilance in staying true to themselves. They don’t care if it means living an entire afterlife succumbing to the torturous ways of hell, they all refuse to allow the bad guy to win.
#33 shows the Six as who and what they really are…a villain team. But even still, it’s hard for us to call them bad guys right? If we, as readers, only knew the exterior shell of the Six, no one would hesitate to call them bad guys an hate them for it. But in having 33 issues to truly get to know the team, Simone has shown us six (or seven) villains whose pasts almost justify each character’s defining attributes. With the exception of Killer Shark, there isn’t one member of the Secret Six who isn’t tainted by their horrid upbringing. It’s hard not to understand and feel bad for these villains whose human side comes out even more than your average super hero.
This issue is filled with the drama of losing loved ones and reliving painful memories, but Simone allows our hearts to breath with a few humorous moments. My favorite? King Shark’s own personal Hell is where all he has to munch on are vegetables. Gail, you have WAY too much fun writing this series don’t you?
Catman finds his way through the desert of Hell to the holding pit of his long dead father. You don’t read to many stories of a son going to Hell to simply double check that his father was being justly punished in Hell. But the icing on the cake is the identity of Blake’s father’s tormentor. No, I won’t give it away…but it’s a doozy and presents an interesting take on what Heaven could be like for some!
The Six is one big mesh of screwed up characters, sustaining this remarkable semblance of humanity but never swaying away from their horrible past and what it’s turned them into. Throughout all 33 issues, Simone has posed a very deep and thought provoking question, but that question is hoisted up into our brains even more with this specific arc…When is a person bad, and when is a person evil? It’s for you to decide that, but Simone makes it very clear in her thematic take on the Secret Six that the answer to that question is not always as clear as we may want it to be.
I’ll never complain about Calafiore’s art work…I just won’t. It’s so vibrant and gorgeous that I often times get trapped in a gaze of his amazing talents. Dan LuVisi has been tearing up the coolness with his series of Secret Six covers, #33 being one of his best. The colors and demonic look are nothing to look down at or criticize…and anyone who does should be shot in the face!
My only daunting moment was the ending. And this is by no means a negative critique, but it definitely made me wonder what happened. If this was part three of three, why doesn’t the story feel as if it’s done? That’s right, Gail has tricked us all! This story arc isn’t complete, it’s only beginning! I shake my fist at you Gail Simone, you have tantalized my need for more!
My Majestically Climactic Conclusion
So, all in all, this is a great issue and I commend Simone for writing such innovative material for such an innovative series. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…Please Gail, don’t leave this title! If you do, I might die!
10 out of 10