01/02/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins. pub: DC Comics. 144 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $14.99 (US), $17.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-2334-2).
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Writing a mini-series such as ‘Final Crisis: Rogues’ Revenge # 1-3’ based solely on the Flash’s rogues gallery where you aren’t likely to like the team could be seen as a bit of a risk but writer Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kolins do it well. It has been done in the past but I can’t recall it being done with this bunch nor to discover that they have an ethic that precludes them from killing the scarlet speedster they menaced. The problem now is that they’ve been blamed for killing the recent Flash, Bart Allen, and that has really pissed them off with a capital ‘P’. Not only do they want to go after Libra but also the upstarts who want to replace them. Into this mix is also Professor Zoom and he’s training a new apprentice so things then suddenly speed up. As Captain Cold points out he only kills for two reasons. One: Kill or be killed. Two: Vengeance, eye for an eye. The rest of his colleagues, Weather Wizard, Mirror Master, Heat Wave and the new Trickster, abide by his rule. You might not always like what goes on in this story but by settling some new scores, they are a sharp reminder to the new guard that older is best.
Added to this are two stories from ‘The Flash’ # 182 and # 197’. The first, ‘Absolute Zero’, is a depiction of Captain Cold’s origin and his physical abuse by a drunken father which illustrates an aspect of the mini-series in this book. The second, ‘Zoom’, is about the origin of a certain Professor.
From the mini-series, I like the fact that they have a specialised tailor who makes their costumes to protect them against the Flash. In fact, there are a lot of nice touches throughout that dimensionalise all the characters. With the Barry Allen Flash back, their position as true adversaries is assured. A worthwhile read.
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