My name is Dave Herndon, ever since my homeworld of Gallifrey was time locked I've been just travelling the cosmos, then they invented comic books, and cartoons. Now I run this blog and talk about nerdy things whenever I can. No matter what happens, if you stoke me a clipper, I'll be back in time for breakfast.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The Flash: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues.
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Francis Manapul (main story) and Scott Kolins
Publisher: DC Comics
Collects: The Flash #1-7; The Flash: Secret Files and Origins 2010
The Flash is generally the post boy for upbeat fun within comics, he's always joking and laughing and generally just having fun.
The Dastardly Death of the Rogues is an excellent example of just how much fun both the Flash and his series can be, without sacrificing gravitas. An outlandish time-travel murder mystery wrapped around some not-too-heavy drama and lovable character moments.
Of course recently resurrected Barry Allen doesn't think that anything could force him to commit cold blooded murder. Eventually the future "cops" or renegades and they name themselves convince him that yes if certain things were to happen he could be driven to kill.
The rest of the book focuses on the rogue cop that told him what he supposedly would do, and why, and the events that lead up to the next big event in the DC Comic Universe, Flashpoint.
I would have liked to have seen more made of Barry's first reunion with the Rogues, especially Captain Cold, and I don't think I love the Renegades quite as much as other readers, but the ever-moving forward plot was engrossing at every step, including some surprise (Geoff Johns) Johnsian twists (how does he get us every time!?), and still left us with little moments to enjoy in between. Aside from the difference behind the mask, this felt like the good old days. And, like those bygone tales, we are left with a few irresistible breadcrumbs of things to come.