Media Blitz!: Flash Team Talks Captain Cold, Rogues at Comic Vine, CBR

In an interview published today, Flash writer and artist Francis Manapul spoke with Comic Vine about Captain Cold and his fellow Rogues.  DC revealed Captain Cold’s redesigned duds last week, and announced that he and the Rogues would be making their return to the magazine with issue #7.

On the redesign, which generated a lot of discussion on this site, Manapul had this to say:

FM: Well I ran all my designs by the higher ups, and they all chimed in with their two cents. I didn’t get too many notes. We were split on keeping the parka as some felt it was a very iconic part of who he was, and the other half felt that it made him look dated. In the end I came up with what I felt was a good compromise to keep those that didn’t want the hoodie happy, but at the same time make him look more modern yet still staying true to his iconic look. Some of the other Rogues the changes were a bit more extreme, I allowed the story to dictate how they would look, I strongly feel that design follows function.

Check out the complete post at Comic Vine, right now!!  More after the jump:

Last week, both Manapul and co-writer Brian Buccellato went into the details of the redesign with Comic Book Resources.  Buccellato talked about the backstory of the Rogues, which appears to be remaining intact:

Co-writer Brian Bucellato also teased the lack of Cold’s traditional primary weapon, hinting big things in store for the Rogues. “We are spinning a tale that includes many of them. We’ve already offered a glimpse of The Trickster, and there are more on the way — but I’m not saying which ones,” said Buccellato. “Ultimately, the evolution of Captain Cold (as evidenced by the character designs) is tied to the other Rogues and is not some ‘retcon.’ There’s a reason why he doesn’t need that gun anymore — and that reason involved his pals.”

The two go on to describe their thought processes when revamping certain aspects of the Flash universe, the supporting cast, and Manapul’s previous Rogue redesigns for “The Dastardly Death of the Rogues”.  The post also includes early concept art for the new Cold design, which can be seen below.  Be sure to check out the full article over at Comic Book Resources!


3 thoughts on “Media Blitz!: Flash Team Talks Captain Cold, Rogues at Comic Vine, CBR

  1. papa zero

    My memory is awful but I was under the impression that they were going to introduce the Rogues one at a time as the series progressed?

    1. Penny Dreadful

      I used to be curious and excited about the Rogues’ return. But at this point, I wish that DC would just keep them in comic book limbo, at least until the current DC brain trust leaves and a new editorial team takes over. The current cast of characters has run the book right into the ground.

  2. Kyer

    The hoodie was not an issue to me (albeit a touch more fur on the edges would have been nice);it was the rest of the changes that turned me off, particularly the meta angle. Did they say anything regarding that?

    I’m trying to download the article, but this past week in particular the internet has been a major B for dial-up. (Even people I know who have broadband have been complaining. Well, no S, sherlocks! Too many shoppers at all hours armed with portables are making looking at even near-plain text sites at the dead of night very hard unless I keep my cache of past sites like this one from being cleared.)



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