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You could hand me a comic book without a cover and no copyright page, and I’d know it’s Hickman, 10 out of 10 times. The recognizable sharp design, smart and snappy dialogue, great sense of pacing and just enough twists and turns to make me read the whole damned thing in one sitting, time after time.
This is a spy book. Imagine James Bond and his buddies. There’s the technology, the know-how, the skills to incapacitate you within a blink of an eye. Now dial their morality knob down just a notch. A little more. Just a hair more. There, that seems about right. Now switch their Queen and Country motto to something of a more selfish persuassion and you get Secret.
As the story unfolds we learn that she rabbit hole is much deeper than we originally thought. I’m not going to “spoil” anything for you so I’ll just say this – there’s a very satisfying ending to this story.
Secret Vol. 1 is a little different from most trades in that it collects seven issues, not the usual five, giving you more bang for your buck. And yes, you absolutely need it.
Secret is a spy/crime story involving all the usual tropes and cliches that go along with those genres. To me, I like those familiar beats, and all a writer really needs is to put their own spin on things and I can get a level of enjoyment out of therir work. Here the spin was to take a three issue story (at best) and drag it out to seven. The story doesn't draw out proceeding with filler, a huge cast or red herrings, it does it by taking four pages to tell the story of one. The art was pretty good, although at times I had trouble distinguishing between the characters, most of whom are middle aged, white, with short hair. So no great character designs there. Just a boring, slog of a read that will have you skipping pages in no time. Not recommended
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