Comic Review: Forever Evil-Rogues Rebellion # 2 by Brian Buccellato

roguesrebellion2Title:  Forever Evil: Rogue’s Rebellion # 2
Series: Forever Evil: Rogue’s Rebellion
Writer: Brian Bucellato
Artists: Scott Hepburn
Genre: Superhero
Source: Borrow From Friend
Publisher: DC Comics
Buy Links: AMZ/BN/DC

DC Blurb: Separated from their leader Captain Cold and trapped in Metropolis, the Rogues must fight for their lives against the Secret Society’s secret weapon: the horrifying Parasite!

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Case File: Fused Weapons/Mirror travel/ Deathstorm/Cliffhangers
Rating: 4 out of 5

The second part of Rogues Rebellion is far more exciting than the previous one. We finally see how the Rogues’ storyline connects to main storyline in Forever Evil  because we get glimpses into Metropolis and Gotham City.

Trickster manages to make a bad situation worse by talking bad about Power Ring calling him a”meth-head Green Lantern” which makes sense because he is paranoid, impulsive, and he stutters. Trickster does not know how to keep quiet, he is the kid of the group so he has impulse issues and wears out the patience of the group in dealing with him (he receives quite a beating in this issue). The fight between the Rogues and Deathstorm/Power Ring reveals interesting information on both sides. The Rogues had their DNA fused with their weapons which is fascinating because their weapons are not a part of their costumes, they are their weapons. Deathstorm can apparently separate the Rogues from their weapons (which still doesn’t clue me in if he is a dark version of a superhero or an original villain),  so not only is he a fire creature but he can rearrange molecules.  Fascinating.

The Rogues barely escape with their lives and end up in Metropolis but Mirror Master’s power fizz out and Captain Cold ends up in a different part of Metropolis. Captain  Cold decides to follow Luthor and Creature while the rest of the Rogues fight against the Parasite and Archer but to end the fight, they use the mirror roads to travel to Gotham where they are introduced to Poison Ivy.

Rogues Rebellion # 2  has begun the journey to join with the main storyline in Forever Evil, we have Captain Cold following Luther and seeing what is happening in Metropolis. It also branches off into Gotham City and we can see the effects of Crime Syndicate in other main cities of the DC Universe. Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion # 2 ends with good cliffhangers because I’m excited for the third comic, I  can’t wait  to see Poison Ivy.

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4 Hearts-Pretty Good

4 Hearts-Pretty Good

Comic Review: Forever Evil-Rogues Rebellion # 1 by Brian Buccellato

fe-roguesrebellionTitle:  Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion # 1
Series: Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion
Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artists: Patrick Zircher/ Scott Hepburn
Genre:  Superheroes
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!

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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.

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3 Hearts-Decent

3 Hearts-Decent

Comic Review: Forever Evil # 2 by Geoff Johns

forever evil 2Title:  Forever Evil # 2
Series: Forever Evil
Writer: Geoff Johns
Illustrator: David Finch, Richard Friend
Genre:  Superhero
Source: Borrow From Friend
Publisher: DC Comics, Oct 2013
Buy Links: DC/Amazon

Blurb from DC: The villains have taken over the world! The Teen Titans fight back! Can the inexperienced teen heroes do what the adults could not? (Answer: Nope. It goes very poorly.)

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Case File: Pregnancy/ Batman/  Mysterious Guest/ Love Triangle/ Commissioner Gordon
Rating: 5 out of 5

The comic doesn’t pick up on the action much but man, does it lay the foundations for great future scenes. Like a surprise pregnancy and a love triangle. Normally, I don’t like  love triangle but apparently, adding a baby really makes me excited for them. It’s more than that though. But let’s backtrack a little bit.

It picks up with Luthor realizing that he is going to have to stand up to the Crime Syndicate and he is going to need help to do so. He reveals his secret weapon called Creature which is a clone of Superman  but because he needed ten years instead of five years to be fully grown, he is a little messed up; big, gray, and kind of dumb (he put his suit inside out). He is willing to follow some orders. But just to prove that Luthor is still a villain, he orders the death of the security guard who still has faith that Superman will solve the problem.

The comic provides us more of an insight into the Crime Syndicate’s dynamics. Alfred is helping them and running background checks on everything. There is something wrong with Power Ring’s ring (he’s Dark Green Lantern) because the ring is hurting him. Power Ring seems really weak and he occasionally stutters when he speaks. It is possible that the ring is rejecting him but I can’t say for sure. Power Ring and Deathstorm set off to deal with the Rouges in Central City while Johnny Quick (Dark Flash) and Atomica cause problems for the Teen Titan; defeat them really badly. More importantly, the Crime Syndicate brought someone back from their world that could defeat them (I believe it is Superman) and is a source of division between them. It turns out that something force the Crime Syndicate out of their homeworld and it was quite destructive. I’m looking forward to finding out who it was.

The most exciting thing about this comic, in my opinion, is the pregnancy of Superwoman (Dark Wonder Woman) who appears to be in a relationship with Ultraman but is pregnant by Owlman (Dark Batman). It’s like WHAT. It’s thrilling. The relationship between Superwoman and Ultraman seems almost abusive because he was upset when she sided with Owlman about what to do with their guest. “Never disagree with me in front of him again” is what Ultraman tells Superwoman. There is a power struggle between Owlman and Superman where the price is Superwoman because he lifts her chin as to reinforce his message about disagreeing with him, he needs to show that they are a power couple to him. It’s interesting. The later scenes show Superwoman and Owlman together and the power relationship is different because he seems to care more about her. He tries to calm down her fears about Ultraman discovering that he is not the father but rather Owlman is. They seem to have a more equal relationship and it shown in the panels where they are together, they walk next to each other (whereas Ultraman isolates her from the group by physically blocking her) and she calls him by his first name (which is not Bruce).

In the end, there was a surprise entry by Batman and Catwoman. He does confirm that the Justice League is dead (but here is to hoping he is wrong). They end up in S.T.A.R. Labs in Detroit where the scientists are protecting the Red Room to the best of their abilities. The scientists have some funny moments. Forever Evil # 2 is a great continuation of the series though.

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5 hearts

5 Hearts- For My Library Shelf

Comic Review: Forever Evil # 1 by Geoff Johns

Forever Evil 1Title: Forever Evil # 1
Series: Forever Evil
Writer: Geoff Johns
Illustrator: David Finch, Richard Friend
Genre: Superhero
Source: Borrow from friend
Publisher: DC Comics, Nov 2013
Buy Links: DC/Amazon/ B&N

Blurb from DC Comics: The first universe-wide event of The New 52 begins as FOREVER EVIL launches! The Justice League is DEAD! And the villains shall INHERIT the Earth! An epic tale of the world’s greatest super-villains starts here!

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Case File: Lex Luthor/ Cat Conversation/ Waiting Around Villains/ Nightwing
Rating: 4 out of 5

Dark versions of the Justice League superheroes (The Crime Syndicate) have come over to take over the DC world (because they destroyed their own world for rebelling against them).  The plot of this book is break every villain out of their prisons and forced them to obey while killing anyone who stands in the way of the Crime Syndicate. That’s all that happens. Plus, amazing villains speeches from Ultraman (Dark Superman).

Ok, some plot was developed like Ultraman snorting kryptonite like cocaine and becoming stronger but also trying to keep it a secret from his comrades. As well as having a vampire reaction to the sun. Something is up with Ultraman. The Crime Syndicate looks like they could have a good chance in taking over the world because they did expose Nightwing and seem to know everything about him. They are powerful villains.

I just love that the  DC villains don’t believe their superheroes are dead. The villains are just waiting around for the heroes to round them up and put them back in prison or the asylum.  They disbelief in the dark superheroes’ ability to deal with their superheroes because they as villains, have repeatedly failed to defeat the Justice League or any superhero.

The comic is well space out because it starts out with Lex Luthor’s conversation about a cat and ends with the cat. It is a great insight into Luthor’s mind and why he is villain that you empathize with at times. He tries to do a good deed and it just backfires so that just shows him that good deeds are not worth it sometimes but it does stay with him, like could he have done more? It is a great moment of self-doubt because he doesn’t believe he can a be a hero; he screams out for Superman to deal with the Crime Syndicate. He wants someone else to the hero.

Art wise-It is decent. I like it. I don’t know much about art but it doesn’t bother me. It is really sharp art. What you see on the cover matches the inside. (Not always the case in comics).

In the end, it’s a decent start to a series.

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4 Hearts-Pretty Good

4 Hearts-Pretty Good