01/06/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
Secret Six: The Reptile Brain by Gail Simone, Paul Cornell, J. Calafiore and Pete Woods. pub: DC Comics. 144 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $14.99 (US), $16.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-3166-8).
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The Secret Six is essentially a team of super-villains who, if they work for a government agency, then all their past crimes with be pardoned by Presidential order. Only in the USA. Problems arise here when there are two teams and there is a need to whittle them down. Easy. Send them off to Skartaris, the place where the late Travis Morgan aka Warlord used to hang out and where there are monsters galore that they have to survive. Oh yeah, and you can take your masks off. If you ever wondered what Bane or Deadshot look like unmasked, then this is the place. If you want to be confused by them and others being addressed by their real names, then you’ll find that, too. There are also some drastic changes happening to Cat-Man, making him more feral and giving him an opportunity to dress in Warlord’s old togs and doing a Frank Frazetta homage page panel. There’s also a side story of Amanda Waller taking back control occasionally popping up.
I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything there. The real problem is that it becomes a mess. If you hadn’t read the back cover, some aspects of the plot would be lost. Even the characters don’t really know what they are up to a lot of the time. Putting them all on an alien planet and as they are all bad guys means you can go for maximum violence without any scruples getting in the way. I came away from this book thinking a nice idea but just badly executed (sic). Maybe I just prefer clarified plots. Read with caution and let me know if you can work out who actually survived.
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