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The Flash #220

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2005
By: Marc Von Ahnen

"Rogue War"

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Howard Porter (p), Livesay (i)

Publisher: DC Comics

Plot: As the bad Rogues attack the F.B.I. looking for the dead father of Captain Boomerang, the reformed Rogues decide to take the battle to them and stop them once and for all.

Comments: Growing up, I was always a Marvel fan, mostly Spider-man. Spider-man had one of the coolest rogues galleries around. From really cool villains like Hobgoblin to the weird ones like Mysterio. I even liked the B-list villains. Of course, sometimes you would have sit through a story that had maybe the least interesting villain in the Marvel Universe (Alistaire Smythe anybody?) and the story would last about six months! It's a good thing Marvel had about nine Spider-man books in the nineties.

That's why I like The Flash so much right now. "Rogue War" presents Captain Cold leading his group into battle. We don't have to sit through nine months of a Weather Wizard arc to see something about the Mirror Master, and each villain seems to be as deadly and evil as the next. Granted, in the next story arc Grodd or Dr. Alchemy will probably be in the spotlight, but here each villain gets his own time to shine.

Of course, a story that involves five Rogues and four reformed Rogues doesn't leave much room for the hero. It seem a little mis-leading to buy a book with the scarlet speedster on the cover and he only appears in the book for a few pages. I could sit here and complain about that, but this seems to be just the beginning of a great story and I think I will let that slide.

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