Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #1 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Patrick Zircher and Scott Hepburn
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 16, 2013

With a Rebel Yell...

By now most readers know the setup to the Forever Evil event.  The Crime Syndicate claims to have killed the Justice League, they are recruiting Villains for global domination, Ultraman has blocked out the Sun, yada, yada, yada.  What do the Rogues have to do with this and why should the reader care?  

Yes, the Rogues are Villains, but not the "Wring their hands and laugh as the hero hangs over a shark tank" kind.  No, they are noble Villains.  As Captain Cold says in this issue, "...we're never about Superhero and Supervillain crap...we're about the Score!"  That always makes them so much fun.  It also makes them our eyes into this whole event.  They are just regular Joes who like to hang out, drink beer and make some quick cash.  They just happen to have powers.

There is not much to Brian Buccellato's story here.  The Rogues decline the Crime Syndicate's offer and return to Central City.  Unfortunately, Grodd has destroyed it and Captain Cold makes haste to the Hospital his sister is in.  This leads to the crazy return of Black Bison and his new gang.  The two teams have a fun throw down which leads to a visit by the Crime Syndicate that sets up the next issue.  The story may be simple, but what makes it good is the dialogue and character interaction.  It's fun to watch the Rogues fight amongst themselves only to band together to yell at Black Bison and his gang.  The Rogues aren't known for their collective IQ's and it's always fun to see them trash talk and announce their powers as they fight.

The art is a mixed bag.  Patrick Zircher's art is so good and is recognizable to Flash fans from his Rogues Villain's Month issue last month.  Halfway through the book, Scott Hepburn takes over and though his art style is not bad, it is so different from Zircher's that it takes you out of the flow of the book.  Zircher has a detailed darker style that is heavy on shadows while Hepburn's is a cartoony lighter style.

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #1 is a good start to the Rogues arc.  It's a fun story that is bound to get more interesting as it plays out.  The change in artists and art style mid-book really throws the reader out of the issue, but it's still good fun.


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