By Koppy McFad
August 6, 2011 - 22:28
Trapped in a warehouse by the JLA, the Superman family and the Batman family, the Secret Six try to negotiate their way out of the jam, but in the end, are forced to make a Butch-Cassidy-like charge against overwhelming odds.
This story has all the unique characteristics that have made this title noteworthy: the cynicism and wry humour, the bittersweet relationships and the conflicted characters of this team of anti-heroes.
The desperate fatalism of the Six is also very affecting, their willingness to face death actually makes them admirable, to the point that the reader forgets that superheroes don't kill their enemies which means that none of the Six were ever in any serious danger. Still, this story does ring the curtain down on the team with a suitable, tragic flourish, telling us that for all their efforts, these guys were never heroes and were always destined to lose.
It also sets the stage for bigger things for Bane, the one member of the Six who seemed to have a lot more potential. Hopefully, we will see his masterplan unfolding in a BATMAN-related title soon.
The art is a bit stiff and too many of the female characters have the same face but at least it manages to tell a very complex story in a very limited space.
Rating: 7.5 /10