The Rogues are in a battle with the Crime Syndicate, the same group that took down the Justice League with barely a thought. This simply cannot end well…and that’s the premise that starts this issue of Rogues Rebellion. There are big changes everywhere in the DCU, none more evident than what happens in this story. Still, we see once again the qualities that have made the Rogues such a fan-favorite among DC villains in a true game-changing issue.
LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY
The Rogues have been ordered to level Central City…something that goes against the Rogues’ code against killing. When you add to that the fact that Lisa is still in one of the hospitals in the Gem Cities you know the Rogues won’t comply. Besides, have they ever taken orders from anyone? There is one major plot point here that has been spoilered by Forever Evil, but just in case you haven’t read that we won’t give a further spoiler here – let’s just say that there is a MAJOR change for at least one Rogue that has big-time implications moving forward. What we do see is the battle between the Rogues and the Crime Syndicate in greater depth than we have previously read. The result changes so much for every member of the Rogues, and takes them to…a very interesting cliffhanger that sends them to unexpected places.
Brian Buccellato has placed the Rogues in the toughest situation they’ve seen in the New 52, and really the worst situation they’ve been in since that mess with Neron in the old continuity. Still, he keeps the characters true to their most basic qualities, what makes them unique among DCU villains. Scott Hepburn’s illustrations (with colors from Nick Filardi) work very well with the Rogues, espcially dealing with some very critical scenes that will have major implications moving forward. It is a bit of a shame that one of the truly major moments for the Rogues was spoilered by another title, but it is still effectively dealt with in this issue. I’ll say this again…if only this was an ongoing instead of a mini-series.