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Secret Six (2008 Series) #36

August 20, 2011

Title: Caution to the Wind Part Two: Blood Honor

Writer: Gail Simone
Art:
Jim Calafiore
Colorist:
John Kalisz
Letterer:
Travis Lanham
Cover Artist:
Jim Calafiore
Editor:
Rachel Gluckstern
Publisher:
DC Comics

It’s time for the final stand of the Secret Six. Bane, who is finally beginning to understand emotion, decides that they will be the greatest weapon against the Batman. He plans a series of attacks against Batman’s allies – Red Robin, Batgirl, Catwoman, and (over Catman’s protest) Huntress. But when things go wrong, the Secret Six will have to go down fighting.

All credit to writer Gail Simone for making this series work for such a long time. She told a story about villains without turning them into heroes, but still making them perfectly believable and relatable characters. Even here, as they execute a plan that would be the antagonist’s plot in any other comic, as the Justice League, Justice Society and Teen Titans all line up to take them down, we somehow still feel for them. Even the three “bonus” members of the team seem to fill a role – the Penguin gloats, Knockout and Scandal have a bizarre moment of tenderness, and King Shark is ready to go down fighting with the team. The ending is harsh, because we’re watching our protagonists go down hard. And even though what they were trying to do was terrible, somehow, we’re still sad to see them fall.

These are stories that lesser writers would never be able to pull off, but Simone is at the top of her game. It’s a great issue and a great finale to this series.

Rating: 8/10

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