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Flash Vol. 1: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues (The Flash: Rebirth series) Kindle & comiXology
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After the completion of both The Flash; Rebirth and Blackest Night, Geoff Johns would return to write a new Flash ongoing series in 2011. The opening arc would be launched under the Brightest Day banner, a line wide aftermath story that followed the outcome conclusion of Blackest Night. Johns had been writing The Flash for a few years with former sidekick Kid Flash/Wally West had taken over the role as The Flash after Barry’s death years ago. Barry Allen has returned and this series puts the icon and best known Flash back as the main speedster in the DC Universe.
Barry Allen is still adjusting to his day to day life in his hometown Central City as Forensic Scientist for the Central City Police Department and stopping criminals as The Flash. Barry has returned to the role of the greatest of all the speedsters. The first case since his return is the murder of Mirror Master on the streets of Central City. He might not have to look far for the suspect as arrival of The Renegades have come to arrest him for the crime. Johns tells his next story for The Flash as a mystery thriller. This story is mostly fixed within a CSI tone, much like the TV series and does so without detracting from its super hero core. It has fun and charm especially in between its bigger moments. It’s a simpler approach to the story than that of the settings of the previous tale. Rebirth required some prior knowledge of The Flash universe, this is a cleaner simpler story that makes for an enjoyable read wonderfully beautifully drawn and full of fantastic super heroics and saves. It has the right mix of fun, exhilaration and excitement. It’s a very creative story and imaginative tale, whether it’s the exciting action scenes or the creation of The Renegades, time travelling futuristic versions of the Rogues .The police force from the 25th century is the most intriguing element of the story. They are modelled after the Rogues as enemies of the Flash, as they are meant to counter the evil Reverse-Flash. The action scenes are fun and innovative, the creative team know how to have fun with the abilities of The Fastest Man Alive in various situations. They have a talent for showing Barry's powers in visually interesting and fun ways.
The Rouges had only had a minor appearance in the story Rebirth, this follow up and new series bring them back with the best known Flash, their original adversary. They have had a contingency plan in place for The Flash's return that was revealed in the final pages of the Rebirth story. A new series would imply a fresh start and slightly self-contained story for its begging, under the banner of Brightest Day that adds an outside element into the mix, but as far as outside influences aspects go it’s a pretty simple one. Captain Boomerang/ Digger Harkness died some time ago and after the events of Blackest Night he returned to life. Brightest Day follows those that were resurrected and must fulfill task to retain their new lives. Flash #7 Is a Rouge Profile issue starring Captain Boomerang that showcases his back story as he attempts a prison break for an inmate of Iron Heights Penitentiary.
Even though Barry Allen had been brought back to life at the start of the previous story in the limited series The Flash: Rebirth.This series only ran for 12 issues before writer Geoff Johns created the Flash-centric event; Flashpoint, that altered the timeline continuity that became known as The New 52. The Flash Rebirth was a celebratory and epic story of Barry Allen’s return, it acknowledged his history, influence and legacy and featured his most psychotic and dangerous foe. The Dastardly Death of the Rouges is more of a straight forward story, simpler that features The Flash’s main villains the Rouges as the main antagonists and their futuristic counterparts. Barry Allen gets back to his normal life after the mysteries that surrounded his return. The new series that was sandwiched in between two massive events told in the limited series; The Flash Rebirth and Flashpoint. It’s a great mystery and Flash story There is a few bonus as well the Secret Files and Origins 2010 issue that was a prelude to this new series and the Flash Facts backup stories.
The Dastardly Death of the Rouges is in the first in the short lived series before DC relaunched its titles with The New 52. Rebirth was a large event story with lots of appearances form earths heroes and other iterations of the Scarlet Speedster, a massive story that re-invented the Flash. This murder mystery is a simpler story that’s a great and that’s good for new readers and new fans. It connects as part of the Brightest Day event somewhat loosely so it’s easy to follow and enjoy without having read the connected stories events. The Flash: The Dastardly Death of the Rouges is a fun and exciting story with Barry Allen back as main Flash in a new series by Johns and some wonderful art by Manapul. Rebirth was a Flash story very much invested concerned with Barry’s past while Death of the Dastardly Rouges is a new series going forward to a new big new event Flashpoint that’ll see the change of the entire DC Universe.
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This story arc introduces the Renegades, 25th century cops with variations on the Rogues' costumes and weapons, who have orders to bring in the Flash for the murder of one of their fellow officers. Complicating matters are the Rogues themselves, territorial as ever and now armed with a mysterious, ultimate anti-Flash weapon, and the resurrection of Captain Boomerang, returned from the dead as a more powerful, genuinely badass supervillain.
Boomerang's extreme makeover is the highlight of this storyline, a solidly entertaining but not a standout Flash adventure. Artists Francis Manapul and Scott Kolins have gone for a clean, efficient look, like painted versions of Carmine Infantino's "space age" FLASH pages from the 1960s, but for me, the artwork really shines in the noirish seventh chapter (Boomerang's long-delayed entry in writer Geoff Johns' "Rogue Profile" series), which looks, perversely, more colorful and contemporary than the previous six. Go figure.
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