The newest collection of Gail Simone’s twisted super-villain series, Secret Six, is the first misstep she’s taken since writing the first mini-series featuring the characters. Her grasp of the characters is as strong as ever, and the first two issues in this collection, which are both one-off tales, are excellent. However, the main story in this volume is a ill-conceived team-up with Wonder Woman, which pretty much just exists because Simone was also writing that book at the time.
The Six are hired by a group who has forced a band of Amazons into slave labor in order to construct the world’s greatest prison. What exactly the six are hired to do, is never really explained, nor is it explained why the would be warden has made a deal with Grendel. Then there’s the problem that Wonder Woman and the Six don’t mesh together at all. Oh and there’s also that this makes back to back stories in which the Six turn on one another and then somehow make up afterwards.
The book’s almost worth it for the first issue, being the most awkward date comic in history, but the rest is just a mess.