The Flash 2: Rogues Revolution

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

Love the Rogues

Don't like the new Rogues powers

Comic Info

Comic Name:  The Flash (Volume 4)

Publisher:  DC Comics

Writer:  Francis Manapul/Brian Buccellato

Artist:  Francis Manapul/Marcus To/ Ray McCarthy

# of Issues:  5

Release Date:  2013

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Flash (4) #0

Reprints The Flash (4) #0, 9-12 (July 2012-November 2012).  Barry Allen has decided to remain dead…but the Flash must live.  With Dr. Elias turning Central City against the Flash, the Flash also finds that the Rogues are organizing and plotting.  With Captain Cold’s sister now possessing new powers, there is a civil war within the Rogues and the Flash is caught in the middle as the only person they all like to hate!

Written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, The Flash 2:  Rogues Revolution is a follow-up to New 52 relaunch The Flash 1:  Moving Forward.  With illustrations also provided by Francis Manapul (in addition to Marcus To, and Ray McCarthy), The Flash 2:  Rogues Revolution contains the flashback Flash (4) #0 and the first series annual.

I like the Flash, and I’m naturally bias to The Flash.  The series feels much more like a traditional comic book and with solid storytelling, the series is more episodic than long-term story based, especially in this volume.

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Flash (4) #12

The book really feels pretty segmented.  Though as a whole, the collection is about the Rogue’s organization, the collection has a lot of side stories involving Barry and his father (in the flashback issue) and the battle with King Grodd.  This episodic storytelling feels like books I read when I started reading comics and it is a nice bit of nostalgia.

Adding to this nostalgia is that the Flash’s Rogues have always been ridiculous.  I like that they have a moral code, but I don’t like the change to more organic powers.  It is the thrust of the story along with Elias’ plotting (which feels a bit like Glorious Godfrey of the Legends storyline), but in the issue based stories, there is little resolution in this volume which the Rogue battle feeling like it has hit full swing when King Grodd invades (setting up the next collection).

The Flash 2:  Rogues Revolution is another fun entry in the relaunch of the Flash.  Since he was the cause of the whole New 52, I expect a lot from the Flash.  So far, Manapul and Buccellato have delivered by providing a classic comic book.  I hope that they continue their run and really get to flesh out the character.  I have always liked second stringers to “the Big Three” (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman), and the Flash is proving he can “run” with the big boys in each issue.  The Flash 2:  Rogues Revolution is followed by The Flash 3:  Gorilla Warfare.

Related Links:

The Flash 1:  Move Forward

The Flash 3:  Gorilla Warfare

The Flash 4:  Reverse

The Flash 5:  History Lessons

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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