Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Secret Six #23

John Ostrander knows how to deliver a done-in-one. This thing isn't high art or anything, but we've got a classic theme (Most Dangerous Game) and some great action combining to give us a stock little Secret Six story. What I like about it is that I can imagine this is what life is like for the Six. Sometimes their missions go bad, sometimes they work, and sometimes they get totally screwed (probably in that order, actually). Ostrander does a nice job channeling Gail Simone's voice for the Six, especially Bane and Rag Doll. Actually, Jeannette sounded spot-on too. Catman, Scandall, and even Deadshot are a little easier fits for Ostrander, especially with all his experience with Deadshot. I'm impressed at how well he captured the odd nobility in Bane and the freakiness of Doll. Jeannette carried her weird "classiness" too, nicely done.

RB Silva does a good enough job on art. Sometimes the characters' heads seemed a bit too, balloon-y or puffy. But the action is clear and the storytelling is fine, so I can't complain. I'm perfectly happy with this level of fill-in.



Martin Gray said...

Good issue, but I'm surprised Jeanette's powers were annulled, given that they're innate.

This issue showed once more what a major contribution colourist Jason Wright makes to this book - whoever draws, he maintains consistency of tone.

Timbotron said...

No doubt about the coloring.

Interesting point about Jeannette's powers. But having powers be "innate" does that really make a difference with all the power dampeners showing up all the time?