Written by: Shane Edwards and Tony Bedard
Art by: Tom Derenick, Trevor Scott, Hi-Fi and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: Free
Release Date: October 7, 2015
Way back in 2015, I was planning on reviewing this book and for one reason or another (laziness), I never did. So, when my my Taylor sent out a message on Twitter that he was surprised we never reviewed it, I thought he was wrong at first and then found out what his girlfriend must know by now...Taylor is never wrong! Well, I am going to rectify the situation by reviewing this book and I'll tell you right now, it's not as silly as it appears. Is that a good thing? Let's find out...
The issue opens in the Frosty Funhouse at the Central City Fairgrounds. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that that at least mean Captain Cold is involved and we quickly see that Mirror Master is along for the ride as well. Things aren't going good for the Rogues, but it seems that MM has a plan and it involves Earth 3! While it made a lot more sense when this book was released, it's still awesome to see the Crime Syndicate in all it's glory. However, that's not who Mirror Master is after. Nope, it's Colonel Sunder, the evil Colonel!!!
So, what is Sunder's evil plan? Putting an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes you crave it fortnightly? Nope (smart ass!), it's a bit more basic than that. Basic as in setting up a knock-off KFC, serving crappy food and counting the money as it comes in. I know it sounds ridiculous, but the "Easy Fried Chicken" restaurant always seems packed. Maybe Sunder has something here! The best part of all of this is seeing Captain Cold and Mirror Master working the registers. Hilarious!
Things take a turn, however, when the real Colonel (with his beady eyes?!?) sees Sunder on television pushing the "easy way" and heads for Central City. Before he gets there, Sunder has some new and colorful henchman rob a bank. Why? To open up another franchise, of course.
That's when we get Flash, Hal Jordan and the Colonel all converging on Easy Fried Chicken. The Colonel is fit to be tied and after Hal takes the would be bank robbers off to jail, it's Barry and the Colonel versus some pretty disgusting food care of the evil Colonel Sunder.
Of course, that's not all we get. We get the obligatory KFC commercial with Colonel Sanders giving us a step by step run through of how he makes his chicken the hard way and why that's better than the easy way. Listen, we all knew we were going to get a scene like this and I do think that KFC is delicious, so I am fine with everything here. I also want some KFC right now!
The issue ends with the evil Colonel Sunder heading back to Earth 3 (where things make sense) and the Colonel convincing Barry to let Cold and Mirror Master work off their sentences slinging his chicken and mashed potatoes. I love those mashed potatoes.
This was actually a whole lot of fun. Shane Edwards and Tony Bedard keep things light, but show more care in everything than I would have guessed going in. Listen, it's not earth shattering, but did you think it would be.
The art, however, is outstanding. Tom Derenick and his art team kick total ass and they seem to be having fun with it all as well. Both Colonels look great and the Crime Syndicate is spot on.
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This is a free comic so it's easy for me to joke that it's worth the price of admission, but it really is and more. I am a sucker for these kinds of things and when they are done well, it just makes me happy. The care that the whole team put into this made me happy and also very hungry! There you go Taylor, hope you enjoyed it!!!