Title: Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion # 1
Series: Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion
Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artists: Patrick Zircher/ Scott Hepburn
Source: Borrow From Friend
Publisher: DC Comics, Oct 2013
Buy Links: DC/AMZ/B&N
Blurb from DC: The Rogues call no man boss, but a new evil threat might not leave them much choice! Will they fall in line, or refuse and risk certain death? The answer will tear the Rogues apart!
Case File: Villains with some morals/ Possibly racist/It’s visible two artists drew the comic
Rating: 3 out of 5
The Rogues consists of Captain Cold (guess his abilities), Weather Wizard, Heatwave, Mirror Master, and Trickster.
Rogues Rebellion picks up with the Rogues coming back from the mass villain meeting hosted by the Crime Syndicate to find out the Central City is running rampant with chaos; burning cars, dead bodies, destroyed buildings, and tied up cops. The cops (Captain Fyre) reveal that Grodd (the Gorilla) tied them up and destroyed the city; he assumes the Rogues are with the Crime Syndicate but instead the Rogues free them. In return, the Captain protects the Rogues from one of his men’s idiocy who can’t tell that the Rogues are not the enemy in this new world order.
After the Cops, the Rogues head to the hospital to find a (comatose) Lisa (Captain Cold’s sister), who sacrificed herself to rescue Mirror Master from the Mirror World. Problems ensue when another set of villains arrive to finish the destruction of Central City and the Rogues decide they are not going to take orders from the Crime Syndicate. The Rogues seem to be handling everything decently until Power Ring and Deathstorm arrive with execution notices for the Rogues for defying the Crime Syndicate.
The Rogues are a different type of villains; they are about getting even ( or possibly obtaining large quantities of money) rather than being villains like Lex Luthor. The comic makes a great distinction between the Crime Syndicate’s villainous and the Rogue’s type. The Rogue didn’t want the destruction of the Justice League, maybe stir up a little chaos in the city but not decimate it like Grodd did. They are like good guys who do bad stuff compare to the Crime Syndicate. It’s interesting and I like it.
I’m conflicted but I feel the comic was slightly racist towards Black Bison who is a Native American supervillain. Captain Cold calls him “Buffalo Bob” which whitewashes his name and erases his identity as Native American. At the same time, villains occasionally antagonize people by not using their proper names so it could be a part of that system. I’m not really sure what to think about it. Another thing that confused me was the use of their real names like it took me a few seconds to realize that Lenny was the real name of Captain Cold. It was odd but it probably won’t confuse fans of the Rogues who know more about them.
It was also visible that two artists drew the comic, especially in the face of Captain Cold. In the beginning, he has a harsh face, it’s more define in general like the cheekbones could be seen, there is shading on his face. He looks intense. Towards the end, his face is more one dimensional and just droopy, it is less define; it makes him look older. It was just a bad transition between artists.
Forever Evil: Rogue’s Rebellion # 1 was a good launching point. I didn’t particularly care about the Rogues as individuals. As a group, they are interesting because they care about “the score” more than world domination. Plus, they have in-fighting about what to do with the Crime Syndicate so it affects the team dynamic. The first half of the art, I really liked but the second half, was not my taste. The racist remarks are also a point of conflict in the comic. It has some issues but it was decent. It could only go up from here.