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Subj: The Flash #14 - Rundown on the Rogues.
Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 at 03:47:21 pm GMT (Viewed 662 times)

I would feel I had been unfair to a fine outing if I don't briefly comment on the worth of this months installment of The Flash, Issue #14 Previewed Here, and offer a round of firm congratulations to series regulars Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico on a very engaging opening chapter that prefaces the welcome return of the Flash Rogues.

Opening up its pages with a confident and welcome reflection of the Flash's long distinguished history with his arch foes Joshua Williamson manages to seamlessly weave together the classic days of the Silver-Age era of the Rogues to the presentday, and uses that opening framing sequence as a springboard to explore the sense of both respect and revulsion that Central City residents have towards these veteran comicbook villains. That this coincides with Barry Allen's curiosity and concern over the lengthy absence of his old foes makes possible for the tale to unfold in both a natural way and a revealing one. The ethics that underpin the Rogues are complex, sometimes heroic in action their motive is generally theft and their aims generally self centered, in spite of which even The Flash himself has to admit that his aims to capture them are often informed by the gravity of whatever action they have recently been engaged in. It was only recently for example that Captain Cold withdrew from his fellows to follow a lucrative path at the hand of Lex Luthor and his ambitions for the Justice League. Quite where that association came to an end was never made clear, but as a pardoned figure Leonard Snart could quite willingly have begun a whole new chapter to his life if he so wished, why then he should gravitate back to his old life and nullify a full pardon is something that deserves at least some exploration...
Not that Barry Allen references any of this, neither does Williamson for that matter. what does arrest the attention though is the varying insights and opinions of those whom Barry meets as he fishes for any clue as to the Rogues current wherabouts. From understandably horrified shopkeepers to ex-teachers the tale of the people behind the gaudy costumes and extravagant codenames intrigues and informs, the reality of a pyromaniac who engages in exercising his delight is not shied away from as we meet two of his victims, and the troubled past of the Sister and Brother Snart also casts a question mark over just what this pair may be capable of if confronted.

But in a month where there are any number of new storylines starting across comics this opening chapter on the return of the Rogues was as good as any of them, and certainly better than some of them. Well paced, with a more settled delivery from artist Carmine Di Giandomenico this was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding opening chapter that showed what is truly possible with The Flash as a book. A commendable effort from all. \(yes\)