After the trippy last issue of Seven Secrets, the group returns to the real world to find out what has happened since a secret was let loose. The series ended its first arc at a point that was truly dire — the heroes escaping through Fairie, and the bad guys totally upending how their secret society that protects the secrets could function. With one of the seven secrets unleashed, what happens now, and have the heroes escaped? You best believe there’s no way of that happening in one of the most frenzied action comics on the stands.
Smartly, writer Tom Taylor reveals how the world reacts and knows what has happened after a briefcase holding a secret was opened before the Order and its trusted Keepers and Holders know a thing. For a secret organization, that’s a very bad thing. This also builds up the reader’s anticipation and puts us at the edge of our seats. Our main characters used a portal to escape and now they’re in a secret stronghold under the streets of Paris, France. Before they can even learn what has happened, we meet another one of their own who protects the base.
This issue builds off that opening tension and unease by cutting to our main villain who is very unhappy with how things played out. He wanted all the secrets and now he has none. Artist Daniele Di Nicuolo builds tension via the villain’s temper and actions growing more erratic. Amon is not happy, and his inability to accept what has happened only makes him tenser. Using this character, the creative team does a little recap in a natural way to remind us what he last saw and it truly rocks him to his core. His mother is dead after all.
Knowing the chase ending would allow some of the tension to escape, the creative team has a few baddies looking for the remaining Order memebers and htat builds towards a great chase. Once again, Di Nicuolo positively blows us away with a cool double page layout of zigzagging panels and intense action. There’s something in Di Nicuolo’s lines that have an added bit of kinetic energy. There’s another double page layout of the TV screens around the globe reacting to the seventh secret being released that’s also exceptional.
Colors by Walter Baiamonte always seem to find the light in a scene. Nearly every panel has some kind of shadow or light playing off the body or face of the characters. There are nice hues that play with color in intresting ways too, like an alleyway in the Paris streets that use purple for shadow and street light to color areas of the alley. It creates great depth and complexity in every scene.
This series has spoiled us rotten with every issue offering up some reveals, multiple character beats, and plenty of action. The second story arc certainly feels different than the first, but it’s just as exciting. It has felt like a rollercoaster ride that won’t ever stop. Seven Secrets #8 picks up from where the series left off and doesn’t skip a beat with high intensity action and stakes.
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