FINAL CRISIS ROGUES REVENGE #2 (OF 3)
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I think what I really love about this tie-in book is that while the story directly ties into Final Crisis, it doesn’t feel so integral to the story. Geoff Johns, a seeming writing god at this point, is able to weave a tale that is altogether relevant to current events in the DCU while also advancing the plots of post-Flash murder storyline that has hung with our beloved Rogues.
I had an absolute blast reading this issue, and I think it stems from the fact that this issue highlights just how badass the Rogues can be. I guess, from my prior reading experiences, I’ve always seen them as this aloof group of guys that the Flash always beats. But in this story, they are scary and deadly serious. Make no mistake: Despite their code, these Rogues kill a lot of people in this issue. It’s almost shocking to see this, but it’s shocking in a good way. It makes these guys more intense, and definitely raises the threat level whenever they appear in a book. Also, it’s excellent to see just how desperate Libra is to have these guys on his side, and their constant snubbery of his offers doesn’t project heroism but a decided defiance that only true rogues can muster.
It’s no secret that Scott Kolins has slowly snuck onto my radar and become one of my favorite new artists. His art here is excellent. I really loved how gritty the story felt, and I especially loved how in the rain, his characters looked truly wet and miserable. It adds a definite quality to the book, and it’s a ton of fun to look at. His action scenes with the Rogues are spot on as well as they fight and claw their way to prove their might.
This series is shaping up to be one of my favorite tie-ins with Final Crisis. If you’re a fan of the Flash or the Rogues, this is definitely a book you don’t want to miss out on.
Art: 5 - Excellent