Rogues #1: DC Comics Review

Mar 22, 2022

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Living a life of crimes catches up to you, and the Rogues are now paying their debt back. After ten years of living a clean life, Lennard Snart tries to recruit the other Rouge members to join in on one last score. 

Rogues #1 cover

Black Label/DC Comics 
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Leomacs
Colors by: Matheus Lopes
Letters by: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

In unknown circumstances that Rogues are no more. We see Lennard going through the motions of his new life and the harassment he suffers from his old one. After a horrible day of belittlement and abuse, he snaps and risks losing the little he built to reform the Rouges and get the last score he has planned for 10 years. Will the other members risk losing everything by joining Snart or leave him out in the cold?

Williamson takes a unique approach in staying in the Flash universe with Rogues. As a prolific Flash writer for the DC Rebirth brand, it was interesting seeing him writing from the villain’s perspective. Throughout the story, he gives many examples of hardships that many ex-convicts go through trying to adjust to their new reality. As the story plays out, the setup sadly is very familiar that can be seen from movies like Ocean 11 to other comics like Super Crooks. 

The art from Leomacs matches the feel of the story perfectly. The grimy depiction of the deplorable living condition Snart lives and the seedy bar where it begins helps hammer the tone that Williamson creates with the story. With the art matching the style, some of the panels feel disjointed or out of place. It works, but it takes a second to understand its placement. 

Final Thoughts

Overall, Rogues is a fun read, and a small real-life look into some of the many issues ex-convicts deal with trying to reacclimate with the real world. From the parole officer giving Snart grief just because to Bronze Tiger having to teach self-defense classes in a park because no one will rent a studio to him. Besides the overused one last score and misplaced panel, Rogues mixes comic book supervillains living with real-world issues perfectly. Issue two can not come soon enough as we want to find out what the last job will be. 

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