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Subj: The Flash #16 - Soft Justice.
Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 at 04:17:12 pm GMT (Viewed 198 times)
For a book exploring a well trod theme in the Rogues of Central City The Flash maintains a certain amount of respect for both its own long-standing traditions as a long running magazine but also the basic tenets of the Superhero comic.
Perhaps tapping into the mass exposure of the Flash Rogues as seen in television Joshua Williamson sets about orchestrating the return of the ensemble villains to the pages of The Flash and more importantly re-establishing both their modus operandi and what it is that keeps such an insecure assortment of personalities together through the daily pressures of a life on the run and as social pariah's. That Williamson makes a point to establish the grudging respect that both the Flash and the City has towards this band of thieves and chancers pays tribute to the very appeal of the Rogues, a daring band of scallywags who are merely opting out of the ratrace and setting out to make their way in life by targeting the super rich and the indifferent establishment that runs our world. Why, under different circumstances perhaps you or I might be one of the rogues, robbing the uncaring rich in their distant isolated ivory towers to fund our and our families deserved early retirement.
Not that this moral consideration is at the forefront of Joshua Williamson's plot, in fact what it is that Williamson is establishing here is as yet not entirely clear beyond his returning the Rogues as an organised cooperative and re-stablishing their credentials as Rogues and crooks. But despite this weakness in plot the pacing and flow of this latest issue are reassuringly oldschool Superheroics, the Rogues are back and up to something, a mystified Flash is stuck playing catch-up and trying to make sense of it.
There is no ambition here other than to offer a confident and straightforward story of Superhero Versus Supervillains, and for that I am grateful as books as honest in their intentions as this, and as confident in those intentions, have been rather few on the ground today from DC and Marvel. It has been one of the greatest pleasures of the 'Rebirth' initiative that DC comics have ceased with their efforts to be "post-modern" or "cutting-edge" and just got back to what the company always did best - good character work and fine Super-adventuring.
A shame about the terrible vandalism of The Flash's once distinct and memorable costume however...
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