Secret Six #16
Writer: Gail Simone
Penciller: Peter Nguyen
Inkers: Doug Hazelwood & Mark McKenna
December 9, 2009
We’ve all watched movies with serial killers where you wished nothing more than for Justice to assail them squarely in the nuts. Well, our favorite amoral anti-heroes of Secret Six do much, much worse. Leave it to Gail to make demented so delicious.
The issue opens up with Catman and Deadshot abducting a serial-killing child molester from police custody, only to turn him over to the father of 9-year-old Katie Sanchez, one of his victims. Mr. Sanchez wants revenge. Before parting ways, Catman gives the bereft father a few tips. “When you flense him, don’t think of him as human. It’s just tissue.” Catman and Deadshot exit scene to talk about … dinner! Gail perfectly articulates the fine line these lovable psychopaths teeter on. The diabolical duo don’t get very far before the one and only Black Alice makes her presence known.
Now, I am beyond thrilled that Alice is back in Gail’s hands. I loved her at inception, and have been champing at the bit for more of the character ever since.
Having witnessed the tutorial on torture, Alice is unaffected and wants to join the Six. In her bratty, teenager fresh-from-hell kind of way, she refuses to take no for an answer. Throw in some strip club shenanigans, Black Alice’s magical mojo, some sentiment from the teddy bear that is Bane, the always welcome witticism of Ragdoll, and you got yourself a Dionysian good time.
I pretty much jizzed on myself when I got a look at LuVisi’s cover back in August. I LOVE HIS ART.
But I have to admit; I really missed Nicola, who is about as good as a comic artist can get. Having said that, I think Peter Nguyen did a excellent job. The facial closeups were awesome. I absolutely loved what he did with Alice’s costumes as she moved between magics. The Alice Banshee was some rock star shit, fa sho. I also dig the ink, which is appropriately ominous. My only criticism is that the faces seemed elongated in certain panels. All in all, enjoyable.
I had a great deal of anticipation for this issue, and I was not disappointed. I look forward to whatever fuckery the Six can get themselves into next and … and what happens if (OK, when) they make Alice angry. Cowabunkle!