Thursday, February 13, 2014

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #5 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Scott Hepburn
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 12, 2014

It's a Full House

I love the Rogues.  Their warped sense of honor and humor make them my go-to bunch of so-called villains.  Unfortunately, their Forever Evil tie-in has been hit or miss.  I really liked last issue and mentioned in my review how much I was anticipating this issue.  Well the wait is over and I'm happy to say that I like this issue even better than the last.

The Rogues are a team even when the team is in shambles.  Each issue in this mini proves this more and more.  With Captain Cold gone, Mirror Master is the leader and he has one goal in Rogue member and girlfriend, Glider.  Unfortunately, she is being held by the Royal Flush Gang. The Rogues always have a plan and are always willing to negotiate.  Unfortunately plans don't always work and negotiations sometimes fail.  Throw Johnny Quick and Atomica into the mix and the Rogues are going to need some outside help.

Brian Buccellato knows the Rogues.  He writes them so well and I'm going to be sad when this mini ends.  Even when the chips are down, they (eventually) stick together. The problem is that with all the trouble, they are running out of team members. Buccellato does give the team some outside help in their mission and it is not only cool, but makes sense.

I know it also makes sense to the story, but the only downside in this issue is Johnny Quick and Atomica. Though I like Johnny Quick, Atomica's dialogue is cringe worthy.  Also, their brand of carnage isn't what I like in a Rogues (or Flash) book.  I know it's a Forever Evil book so it is more of a matter of taste on my part. I do like when they reveal to the Rogues who their Earth 3 counterparts are.  It's not a huge surprise, but the Rogues' reaction is still hilarious. The ending of the book is also awesome and I'm not sure how the team is going to make it out alive.  Once again, I can't wait until next month.

I must admit, Scott Hepburn's art has not only grown on me, but I really am enjoying it.  The animated cartoon style really makes this book stick out and his version of the Royal Flush gang, Johnny Quick, Atomica and some other villains I won't spoil are really good.

Bits and Pieces:

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #5 is my favorite issue of the mini so far.  Brian Buccellato is giving us a great look into what makes the Rogues such a great team and Scott Hepburn joins in to make it a really good book.  The odds are stacked against the team and I can't wait to see how they get out of it in the final issue next month.


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