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Comic Reviews January 2007 – Secret Six #6 (DC Comics)

Posted by Adrian on January 9, 2007


Secret Six #6 of 6

Well this is the end of one of the best comics of 2006 (it got 2nd on my best comic list for 2006). What a mixed up bunch of superheros. Gail Simone wrote in a lot of layers with the characters, as each character has his/or her own distinct style, hang up and dysfunction.

So Scandal Savage makes her way to her fathers Japanese Shiro, where Vandal Savage wants to have his daughter impregnated to be an heir to his legacy. Obviously a failed plan, as Scandal the half Brazilian lesbian attacks her father, as the rest of the Secret Six make their way to the Shiro. The little and somewhat endearing, if not deranged Mad Hatter (default Secret Six member) get’s stabbed in the back by Cheshire (one of Vandal’s assassins). Thus begins the beginning of issue #6 as the Mad Hatter goes into a poisoned induced fantasy of Alice in Wonderland – which is a ploy to snuff out the Mad Hatter by Dr Psycho, Cheshire and Vandal Savage. Meanwhile the fighting intensifies outside the Shiro, Catman, Deadshot, Ragdoll, Knockout and Scandal fighting off hordes of Vandal’s guards. Desperate to revive the Mad Hatter out of his delusional state, Catman fights Cheshire (she bears his lovechild, they used to be lovers); she strikes a deal, let her walk from the battle and she will deliver the antidote for the Mad Hatter. Catman get’s the antidote, revives The Mad Hatter. Scandal goes to fight her father for the final time, to and kill the immortal Vandal Savage. Scandel’s lover Knockout goes to help Scandal out by demolishing the foundations of the Shiro, whilst this is happening the Mad Hatter wanders off to track down Dr Psycho, confronts him and apparently kills him.

Gail Simone keeps the action constant in this conclusion of the Secret Six, she is such a talented writer. A great build up to this hectic, chaotic conclusion. After fighting with her father, Vandal is able to stab Scandal through the hand, but knockout is single handily destroying the Shiro; throwing Vandal off balance, in steps Deadshot who shoots Vandal in the head. Vandal falls, grabbing onto Scandal. Vandal loses his grip and falls to his death (?). Scandal is left hanging from the edge of the Shiro. Vandal’s troops surrender.

The Mad Hatter stands out as the unloved, vengeful and mentally deranged character. Although picked up along the way by the Secret Six to help attack Vandal Savage, The Mad Hatter with his obsessive compulsive behaviour, or fetish of hats; is definitely unstable. He goes a little bonkers when the Secret Six took on the Doom Patrol, a few issues back. Scandal whacks him over the head and knocks his hat off. With Scandal hanging from the Shiro, the Mad Hatter comes to her with knife in tow, ready to end her life and have her fall to her death. We know at this point that the Mad Hatter could never be a regular of the Secret Six, he is just too nuts. Scandal ask why? Mad Hatter replies that it was because you ‘tounched my hat’. Clearly mental.

Ragdoll arrives and convinces The Mad Hatter that he has friends now (because he was a lonely guy with a big head and a lot of hatred for humanity). Scandal is saved. Mad Hatter can’t believe he has friends now. As Scandal leaves to join the rest of the group about to leave the Shiro compound.

Ragdoll pushes The Mad Hatter off the edge of the Shiro.

I can’t praise this series enough, it was a lot of fun, well written, and action packed eclectic story. With just the right dose of sex, violence and mayhem. I hope there is a continuation of the Secret Six written by Simone, as the end of #6 a wounded, beaten and battered Mad Hatter crawling towards his beloved hat, his only friend – vowing to seek revenge against the Secret Six.

The story seem to cover a lot of issues, maybe I read into it too much, but some underlying points in the story addressed childless couples, homosexuality, father/daughter relationships. Great comment towards the end of the story when the Secret Six return to their base (House of Secrets) and Scandal makes a comment all ‘how the Secret Six members weren’t meant to have children’, Ragdoll dismisses this, walks away and say, ‘it’s because people have children out of biological necessity, not love, they should have adopted’. Nice little touch to the nature/nurture debate as Ragdoll walks into a room full of little spider monkeys, I guess these are his children.

Excellent comic.


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