Secret Six #31 was spectacular. You need to read it. If you already did, let's discuss!
We begin with the Secret Eight Six making a commercial for their unique services, which is really just a way to introduce new readers to the characters. Way to make introductions more interesting, Gail Simone!
Then we cut to a guy putting hot sauce in his eyes. This little side story doesn't really mix with the main tale. In fact, by the end you'll be wondering how Liana will be saved from this guy's idea of "purification". It may actually be the point; if Scandal wasn't busy chasing her dead girlfriend, Liana might not have to suffer. I sense future lessons being learned.
Of course, living people are overrated when you can't let go of the dead, so after a nightmare about Knockout being in Hell Scandal decides it's time to use that "Get Out of Hell Free" card that she hid from everyone. (Note: darling Bane comes in concerned about her nightmares. I love him.) When Scandal goes to get the card she discovers it's gone. Ragdoll being the only one capable of cracking the safe, she goes to have a little "talk" with him.
The fight is on, he does have the card. After a litte stabbing action on Scandal's part, Ragdoll and the card end up riding a bright light to Hell. Leaving Scandal with no choice but to find a way follow him. As luck would have it, Alice happens to know where the entrance it.
The door to Hell is a mall in Iowa. Yep.
Outside the door to Hell, Catman is feeling left out and needs to remind us why he is awesome. Instead of them donating the pound of flesh entrance fee, he slices off the guard's hand. "Keep the change." How appropriate.
So they get to Hell...
This issue was really in line with how great early Secret Six was. On the art side, Jim Calafiore is the only artist I want to see drawing, but this issue in particular wasn't his best. Dan Luvisi's covers have been great but, is it just me, or does this one just have nothing to do with the story at all?
What did you think?