Rogues Get New Management

Rogues Get New Management

By: Andrew Hines

In the last year, the Scarlet Speedster’s been hitting a few speed bumps (see what I did there?) From helping to plunge Central City into a full-on blackout, to getting himself, Iris West and several other stuck inside the Speed Force, he’s been having a bad year. Add to that everyone in the city thinking he’s dead and now being framed for murder, things just aren’t going his way. Now, the Rogues are getting back together, albeit with new leadership. For the first time, the new master of the Rogues looks good in a dress. Glider’s not only taking control of the Rogues, she’s also putting her brother, Captain Cold out to pasture. I’ve always liked Barry, even though he died two years before I was born. There’ve been some interesting developments in the last year, but now it’s just getting ridiculous. Thankfully this all leads up to Flash Annual #1 which comes out next week, along with Justice League #12, Green Lantern Annual and Superman Annual.

With Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato rounding out a year of writing Flash, they’re either getting tired or has something AMAZING up their sleeves. The pair have done a great job, not only staying true to who Barry is and distancing him from Wally a little bit, but digging deeper into his powers. The dialogue is great and fits each character pretty well. The pacing fits with a two-part story, assuming it ends with Flash Annual #1.

Manapul has done a great job over the last year of updating everyone’s looks while keeping with the premise of each character. His style fits the pacing and the artwork in every panel is great. From the front cover to the last page, this is the most consistently awesome artwork in DC. I really can’t think of anyone else’ artwork I’d rather see in the pages of the Flash month after month. Then there’s Buccelato’s colors over Manapul’s art. For my money, they’re on par with the work and consistency of Jim Lee and Geoff Johns. Visually very different, but they do what best fits the characters and script. And to top it off, we get to see it twice in one month with next week’s comic.

With this pairing, it’s no wonder that there’s really no end in sight for this title. They’ve earned themselves an “A”.

6 Responses to Rogues Get New Management

  1. “I’ve always liked Barry, even though he died two years before I was born.”

    I’m old. ’nuff said.

    Great review, Andy. I have always shyed away from Flash comics, but I might try a trade or 2 in the future. Cheers!

  2. I was just reading up on Golden Glider, didnt she die? o.O

  3. I’ve been reading a bit more Flash lately, so I should pick this up. And I always do like when the Rogues make an appearance, although this new team dynamic you speak of sounds…interesting. Not sure whether I’ll like it or not, but it is interesting. Thanks McKnight.

  4. ams: Thanks for the support on this. I believe the first trade is coming out either next month or October.

    CKnap: Actually, in the DCnU, she’s Captain Cold’s sister (still) and simply known as Glider. We’ve seen her in a coma recently, so they haven’t killed her off completely. They just allowed her to be presumed dead for a few issues.

    Myro: I’m with you. I’m just waiting until next week in which I’ll review all of the Annual titles they have (there are only 3) as well as the now obligatory Aquaman.

  5. Oh ic, I was reading up and couldnt find a character called glider so i went to captain cold and found his sister on there called golden glider. While reading it, it said she was killed by someone and brought back as a black lantern but thats about it. Maybe theres more to be read that I havnt found.

    EDIT:
    I actually just found out that what I read was correct but you were right as well, apparently the timeline was rewriten and now shes alive again going by the name Glider and that brings us to were we are now haha.

  6. CKnap:

    EDIT:
    I actually just found out that what I read was correct but you were right as well, apparently the timeline was rewriten and now shes alive again going by the name Glider and that brings us to were we are now haha.

    Yeah, after Flashpoint (which I recommend as expository reading) quite a few things changed besides the costumes. One of the biggest changes is certain characters’ relationships with family or significant others. For example, Starfire has memories of her time with Dick Grayson, Cyborg and Beast Boy even though she can’t recall any of their names. Ad to that that she’s quite close with Roy Harper (Red Arrow/Speedy/Arsenal) and you’ve got one seriously rewritten history. Thankfully characters like Jason Todd remain more or less the same albeit with a shortened timeline of their history.