Rating: 4/5 – A series starring the Rogues ends and will be missed.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion was a surprisingly well done mini series that came out of the Forever Evil event. With big events like these, there are always the obligatory mini-series and tie-ins. Although I’m sure this wasn’t one of DC’s top sellers since it focuses on a subset of villains fighting other subsets of villains, it was an enjoyable and fun series with some dynamic and energetic art. I’m sad to see the series come to an end as writer Brian Buccellato and artist Scott Hepburn have created a event spin-off that could actually stand on it’s own.
In this concluding installment, it’s all out war as the Rogues battle Gorilla Grodd, Parasite and a whole slew of additional villains. Is it a big throw down issue…yes, but Buccellato makes sure that you’re rooting for the Rogues. Although they’re criminals, they still fight with honor and for what they feel is right. Mirror Master is fighting for his one true love while he copes with self doubt, the Trickster is fighting for revenge, and the Pied Piper for Justice. They’re not typical villains and within this series you come to understand just how atypical they are.
Scott Hepburn was a great replacement for the artist on the first two issues, Patrick Zircher. Hepburn has a quick line and his panels look as though they’re in motion. He’s able to give you a sense of how quick the characters are moving, even though the Flash is nowhere in sight. Although his backgrounds lack a bit of detail at times, he puts a whole lot of characters on the page and the detail with the them don’t lack the detail. My complaint with the art though is in the coloring. The colors miss the mark in a few areas. When you first see Glider she’s got a glow and aura around her, but it doesn’t feel that way on the page. The colors look off, and the golden aura looks too yellow and out of place. The pencils still make up for the weaker colors though. I’ll be following the Rogues into the main Flash title, but I’m sorry that this series has come to an end. Buccellato absolutely understands these characters. Here’s hoping he brings them back into the main Flash title soon.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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