Secret Six Vol. 2 #31

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: J. Calafiore Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 2, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 1
8.5Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Part 1 of the 3-part "The Darkest House," the story readers have been demanding. A member of the Secret Six attempts to bring back a fallen loved one by using the demonic "Get Out of Hell Free" card stolen back in the first arc of the series! And as it turns out, Hell wants the card back...

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 4, 2011

    Jim Calafiore is one of those artists whom I've always appreciated, being responsible for a particularly beloved run of Marvel's original 'Exiles,' but his work here is particularly perfect for the ugly truth of the Secret Six's lives. As for Gail Simone, her love for the twisted souls of the Secret Six (even though there are 8 of 'em) is clear in every disgusting, deformed and misshapen panel. The fact that Scandal and Rag Doll's battle hinges upon their respective desires to resurrect a loved one (ironically, both dead loved ones hail from the Fourth world) but shows them willing to kill ANOTHER dear friend is indicative of the type of care and craft that goes into every issue of this book. From the beginning, it was clear that the Secret Six isn't your father's DC team, but each issue deepens their sick appeal. All in all, Secret Six #31 delivers on all fronts, with snappy dialogue, impending war, and a little of the old ultra-violence (although I'm concerned about poor Liana's situ Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Rafael Gaitan Mar 3, 2011

    As grim as the plot threads are in this issue, it retains the aforementioned levity that makes this book such a unique read. Even though the squad is going to Hell, it's located in a mall with such terrible stores as Exclusively Boy Bands! and a food court that specializes in British cuisine. The opening promo video is also a cute joke, and it features Deadshot's innate inner diva (which we all saw coming, I'm sure). Simone's characterization of the group is also one of the more poignant parts of this title -- her writing of a fight between Ragdoll and Scandal Savage is interlaced with telling dialogue and brutal bladeplay, their words wounding almost as much as their weapons. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Mar 6, 2011

    Personally, I think the Six, or maybe just Scandal, were lured to Hell to further someone else's scheme of some kind. My two main suspects are Blaze or Neron, but I may well be wrong. Gail is skilled writer, great with twists, and I usually am wrong when I think have her plots figured out in advance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Mar 9, 2011

    Secret Six is at its best when Gail Simone gets bizarre and it doesn't get much more bizarre than this issue, which features some just plain crazy moments. True to form, however, Simone and artist Jim Calafiore never back down in this issue when confronting their insane demons. Both creators are at the top of their game in this Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Mar 7, 2011

    The best issue of the Six to come around in a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Mar 2, 2011

    Since this series started, Secret Six has constantly been one of the best books published by DC. It's great to see each new issue release and have it feel like the very first, with a freshness that's rare to most long-running comic series. If this issue is any indication, Simone's creative well is not running out any time soon. In fact, it might be getting deeper at an exponential rate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 4, 2011

    Not convinced? Well, "Secret Six" is also the most-quotable issue I've read in a while. So much I don't want to give away any of the dialogue gems, but trust me, this book is on fire. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Mar 5, 2011

    Secret Six is one of those comics that entertains the reader month after month, and it has done so for me 31 times. I can't recommend this title highly enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 7, 2011

    A strong opening to a new arc that sends the team literally to Hell. Worth a look. Read Full Review

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