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Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion (The New 52) Paperback – September 30, 2014
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"Focusing on ethical shades of gray as opposed to the black and white of good versus evil might just make ROGUES REBELLION one of the more interesting titles to come out of this line-wide event."—IGN
"This story is strong enough to stand on its own."—COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
About the Author
Brian Buccellato has worked on several high-profile books, including UNCANNY X-MEN, GENERATION X, and ASTRO CITY, before striking out on his own as a freelance colorist. His most recent work includes writing and coloring THE FLASH as a part of DC Comics--The New 52. Brian has worked as a freelance colorist since 1996, working for Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Top Cow, Image and Dynamite Entertainment. His recent coloring credits include ADVENTURE COMICS, HELLBLAZER, SUPERMAN, AND THE FLASH.
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Collecting all six issues of this limited mini-series and FLASH issue #23.3. Taking place during Forever Evil (Forever Evil: the New 52!), the Crime Syndicate has declared their reign on the planet. The Rogues are unsure of what's become of their current circumstances, but their enemy the Flash is gone and out of the way, so Central City is all theirs for the taking. But the Rogues return back home and it's burning down by the Syndicate. The Rogues are blue-collar criminals, not mindless destruction of the world like the Syndicate members want it. So the Rogues take it upon themselves to save their home Central City instead of destroy it and the Syndicate doesn't like this act of betrayal. So now the Rogues are on the run from every villain in the DC Universe, trying to save their city, their numbers are falling, and still be badguys. It's a busy time for the Rogues...
That's the general synopsis and majority of the story really, but it's still an enjoyable read for a few reasons. Like the other FOREVER EVIL tie-ins, this book is a companion piece to the main series. It is not necessary reading. And the other aspect is that it's a good book that does tie-in to some of the main parts from FORVER EVIL, but it does not take away from itself as a stand alone story.
The key aspect here is writer Brian Buccellato focuses his energy on every aspect of the Rogues, both as a group and individually. Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Trickster, Heatwave, and Weather Wizard all have their moments in the story with a good portrayal and background on the Rogues, as well as showing their bond as a dysfunctional-low-level criminals with a healthy dose of action, character moments, and witty banter amongst themselves as they fight and evade numerous surprise villains around every corner. The Rogues are one of the most unique, human, and complex criminal groups in comics that thankfully Buccellato does a good job on. His grasp on them wasn't quite as well done in The Flash Vol. 2: Rogues Revolution (The New 52), but with 7 issues to play around with, Buccellato makes the best of his time here.
Art duties are shared off with Scott Hepburn doing majority of the art on issues #1-6, with Andre Coelho doing some fill-in pages on issues #3-5. Both are a bit different, but they hand off art styles reasonably well. It's a bit sketchy and cartoon-looking as to match the tone of the book. Patrick Zircher does issue #23.3 and most of issue 1.
I didn't have any hard complaints about this book, but again, it's not needed with FOREVER EVIL I do think adding issue #23.1 would have been nice to add since it fills in a small plot detail (though it does not take away from the story). And the nuance complexity of the Rogues isn't quite up to par to Geoff Johns work on Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge. It's not a flaw by any means, but both are the same in few ways and between the two, Johns work on the characters is more insightful (but I still recommend both of them).
None the less, FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION is one of the better tie-ins to FOREVER EVIL. It's a good companion piece and stand-alone book, an enjoyable look the Rogues morals/rules, and good action and humor. If you are a Flash and/or Rogues fan, this is worth checking out.
Not the best art in the world, but it is OK.
If you want better stories with villains as the main characters, you might want to try Suicide Squad (almost any 1980's, 1990's, or current), Serpent Society from Captain America #310-350. or maybe even Secret Society of Super-Villains.
The story is great! I liked seeing them fight different groups of well known villains.
I like the Rogues because they do bad stuff but don't do evil stuff lol.
I also was introduced to new characters.
This main thing of this is some villains are all after them for not joining the Crime Syndicate. You will also see characters bonds grow with trust and loyalty.
There is also a few unfortunate moments.
I really liked this, especially because I am a fan of Captain Cold but he did stop coming out after a while (since he's with Lex Luthor at the time)