Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:
Secret Six #1
Men of Wrath #3
Gotham Academy #3
God Hates Astronauts #4
Guardians 3000 #3
Quantum and Woody Valiant-Sized #1
Private Eye #9
-SECRET SIX AND THE PROBLEM WITH THE NEW 52
Secret Six is back, written by the only person who should ever regularly write a book by that name, Gail Simone. So why is it almost a non-starter? Because, at least for right now, it’s so different that it might as well not be Secret Six. That book worked so phenomanally because for all their villainy, they were a family. This motley crew is just another Suicide Squad that happens to have Catman on it. But, and here’s the real meat of the problem, even that guy isn’t the guy from the original book! He’s been remade from scratch (no catpun intended) and some of his old personality stuck around, but not enough that it feels like I know him anymore.
I had naively hoped that they’d pull a Green Lantern and bring Catman and Black Alice whole cloth from the old universe, with those old adventures under their belts and a new crew to start over with. It wouldn’t have taken much. Black Alice was still a fairly blank slate. It hinged on Catman being the goddamn Catman. Without that you may as well have called it New Suicide Squad, and there’s already a book by that name that I don’t want to read!
What it comes down to is Secret Six started as a Suicide Squad wannabe book, but it became something special over the three or four years that it was a thing. When you start over, you’re rolling the dice that the old magic will never come back. And of course even if it does it’ll be a different magic than the one DC threw in the garbage. I’m still on board, and it wasn’t the worst first issue, it just didn’t feel special at all. And that feels like a betrayal.