Gregory Wolfe, the corrupt warden of Iron Heights, has won the election to be Mayor of Central City. This can’t be good news – and indeed it is very bad news for Wally West. The idea of who is the good guy in town gets flipped upside down as we start “Rogues to Redemption” here in issue 788. Wanna know more? Follow us after the jump!
Mayor Wolfe has used every underhanded (and possibly illegal) tactic possible to get the Mayor’s office. Now that he’s in charge, he’s determined to “restore order” in Central City. That means in no small measure getting these pesky metahumans off the streets for good – and that includes the Flash!
Using his connections, Wolfe has managed to free the Rogues. And these are classic – Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, and the second Trickster. The only one missing from this book is Captain Boomerang (and yes, I’m not listing all the Rogues here, stay with me). They meet in the Mayor’s office to give these Rogues…
Yes, they are now deputized – and one of their targets would be any “costumed vigilantes”, so they are now empowered to arrest the Flash. At first, Wally thinks this is a joke. This just can’t be, can it? But, he winds up fighting a combined effort of the Rogues and is fortunate to get away. His only ace in the hole is Linda Park, who used her recently acquired speed powers to get Wally out of this jam.
Of course, this isn’t the end of it all. Flash faces them all again, and it is not looking good for him at all. Just then, one more Rogue comes into play. And, it is music to Wally’s ears (enough hints, okay?). And that’s where we leave it for now.
- Welcome back Doctor Midnight! The more we can see of the Golden Age JSA heroes, the better for this old fan.
- Wally gets great news at the start of this issue. He and Linda are expecting another child!
- The question is…could the expectant mother be getting her powers from the child? Signs point to no – but she may need to be careful about using her powers at it could have an effect on the child during her pregnancy. And yes, that is sure to be a plotline moving forward.
- I’m a huge fan of the Rogues, and this is a wonderful way to bring them back. No longer just an easy punching bag for The Flash, they actually have the legal upper hand thanks to Mayor Wolfe. This should be a lot of fun.
Jeremy Adams continues to knock it out of the park with this issue. The artwork is just as outstanding, thanks to Fernando Pasarin (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Matt Herms (colors), and Rob Leigh (letters). I’ll give this one a 9/10 – but of course, that’s just my opinion. What do YOU think? Leave your comments below!
Jeremy Adams said on Twitter it’s actually the 2nd Mirror Master, Evan McCulloch, not Sam, in addition to being the 2nd Trickster.