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Flash, The: Rogues (Flash (DC Comics)) Paperback – February 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Flash (DC Comics)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563899507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563899508
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He began his comics career creating and writing Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. for DC Comics.

His first comic assignment led to a critically acclaimed run on the The Flash and JSA for DC Comics. Since then, he has quickly become one of the most popular and imaginative writers in comic books today, working on titles including a highly successful re-imagining of Green Lantern, The Flash: Rebirth, Superman: Secret Origin, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Teen Titans, Justice Society of America, Infinite Crisis and the experimental breakout hit series 52 for DC with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid. Geoff received the Wizard Fan Award for Breakout Talent of 2002 and Writer of the Year for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CBG Writer of the Year 2003 thru 2005 and 2007 and 2008 and CBG Best Comic Book Series for JSA 2001 thru 2005. Geoff penned the acclaimed "Legion" episode of SMALLVILLE. He also served as a writer for the fourth season of ROBOT CHICKEN. Geoff is currently working on film projects with Warner Brothers to be announced soon.

Geoff recently became a New York Times Bestselling author with the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac with art by Gary Frank among many others.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on April 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
Rogues is the second volume in DC's reprint series of Writer Geoff John's continuing run on The Flash; (The Flash: Blood Will Run was the first.) This installment is mostly comprised of self-contained stories featuring members of The Flash's Rogues Gallery, but they all figure prominantly in a larger arc that was recently completed in the monthly series. Johns' writing is excellent, as usual, and the art, by Scott Kolins & Doug Hazlewood, is breathtakingly different from the usual Super-Hero fare; Very reminiscent of Geoff Darrow's highly detailed work on Hard Boiled and The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, and that's high praise indeed. I've never seen Gorilla Grodd look anywhare NEAR as fearsome as he does here.....
The problem with the book is the lack of explanation about certain details that might confound a more casual reader than myself. DC provides a Who's Who page in the front of the book, but the constant references to the breakout of mass-murderer Murmer are bound to confuse newer readers; Murmer was introduced in The Flash: Iron Heights, a one-shot book that takes place between chapters of this book. Why not reprint Iron Heights here, as well as the Secret Files & Origins story (Also referred to here....) that depicted Grodd's bloody capture? Also, one of the chapters takes place in the middle of DC's AWFUL "Last Laugh" crossover, and anyone who wasn't following that dreadful story will wonder where the heck all of these "Jokerized" baddies are coming from...
DC has a LOT of catch-up work to do in their trade-paperback program. Marvel comics is offering their collected editions at a comparable quality, a cheaper price-point, and a lower lag-time (Marvel offers their collections almost immediately after the story arc concludes..) than DC's usual year-long wait. And it's a shame DC hasn't seen fit to collect John's first Flash arc before reprinting his second & third...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ted Blanton on September 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Rogues" reprints issues 177-182 of the current "Flash" series. Fans are advised that a special issue, "Flash: Iron Heights" takes place in between this volume and the previous, "Blood Will Run." "Iron Heights" has not been reprinted and is not available from Amazon.

Geoff Johns works some very long subplots into his stories, some of which seem to be taking more than a year to play out. For example, "Blood Will Run" set up the twist of former villain the "Pied Piper" seemingly murdering his parents, a shock for longtime fans who have come to see the character as a rather benevolent soul. Expecting a resolution, I was disappointed to see that "Rogues" leaves the matter of his guilt or innocence still hanging in the air. Moreover, a second subplot, that of a band of villains plotting to make Flash's life hell, is introduced midway through this book without a follow-up. Hopefully the next volume, "Crossfire," will close some of these gaps.

Despite the incomplete feel of the book, however, what is present here leaves little to complain about. Three of the six chapters stand out, each one presenting a humanizing look at one of the Flash's villains (the "Rogues" for which the volume is named). Johns introduces a new misguided character ("Peek-a-Boo"), centers a Christmas story around escaped inmate Fallout, and wraps up with a tale of classic Flash villain Captain Cold. All three villains' tales show them as troubled souls who are nevertheless capable of love and worthy of compassion.

Although the main character takes a back seat in this series of stories, fans of the "Teen Titans" will enjoy Cyborg's guest appearance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By average on September 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Geoff Johns continues with his good work on the Flash here, and again in this series the Rogues gallery is well handled. A few stories that focus on the bad guys of the piece, in this trade, as the title indicates.

The most interesting is again, Captain Cold, showing a bit more depth to the character than you might otherwise think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DK-Y2Y on March 11, 2011
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This is the first Flash book I read, and it is pretty good. I don't really have much knowledge of the Rogue Gallery nor The Flash. But I really liked it since it introduces the Rogue Gallery and helps beginners like me to understand the backstory and aim of each villain and their interaction with The Flash.

Unlikw Geoff Johns other work, this is a pale comparison as it a quick but enjoyable read that has a weak plot. But it is fun to read, nonetheless.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Adam Corcovilos on June 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
Starting directly after "Blood Will Run", this book delves deeper into lives of not just Wally West [The Flash], but his friends and foes as well.
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