Review by: Bassoonjedi

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Price: 2.99

This latest tie-in for Blackest Night was good and bad. It follows the formula of all the tie-ins by doing the first 4 pages of catch-up for the reader in case they don’t follow the book, and it’s a nice quick summary. The book moves right along to Barry between the pages of Blackest Night #5, and we get to see him catch up on events he missed since his death. While this book does its job of setting up the action in the next two books it does achieve a few good things:

We will get to see how the bad guys of the DCU contribute to this crisis, and it makes sense to have the Rogues do it. After all, they are the only villain group that work well together, and I really enjoy the books where the band together and kick a little ass Dirty Dozen style. Lex Luthor will go underground, and I imagine that if a Black Lantern Looked at the Joker, the emotional colors would look like a psychedelic trip. So it’s up to Flash’s Rogues to represent the maligned characters of the DCU, and I think we will see some fireworks in the next 2 issues.

We’ll finally get to see some more details about Barry’s resurrection, and why he was able to come back from the dead.

We get some good moments of Johns and Kolins back together again.

Some bad points:

The artwork isn’t the best work I usually expect from Kolins, and it gets a bit distracting. I like his lighter cartoonish style, but I’ve been spoiled lately by Van Sciver’s work, and it doesn’t look like Kolins is contributing any original ideas to this story. He just seems to be aping panels from Van Sciver, and Reis.

I may not be the sharpest on continuity, but if this reverse Flash is just resurrected, and the reverse Flash is in Rebirth….Why does Barry feel he needs to dupe a program of Thawn OW! my head hurts.

Not a bad book. I enjoyed the Final Crisis Rouges book, and this looks like more of the same.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 3 - Good

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