Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #2

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #2

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Scott Hepburn
Colorist: Nick Filardi
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Artists: Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire

While the Rogues certainly aren’t at the top of the pile when it comes to comic book villains, Rogues Rebellion #2 shows they can still hold their own when it comes to entertainment. Writer Brian Buccellato does a good job of bringing out the humor of the story while still packing in the action. The art is good and the story is fun. All in all, it’s not a bad comic.

If you’ve already read Forever Evil #3, then some of this issue will be a  rehash for you. The Rogues briefly brawl with Deathstorm and Power Ring before being forced to withdraw. The encounter has a little more detail (and a few laughs). Afterwards, the Rogues get separated from Captain Cold. That’s where the issue finally breaks away. From there, the remaining Rogues run into trouble with the Archer and the Parasite (who is the pink guy pictured on the cover).

My favorite moments in this issue are easily the jokes by the Trickster. Buccellato does a great job of channeling humor through the character. The Trickster had me smiling throughout. He crackswise at Power Ring, calls the Archer a low budget Green Arrow and refers to the Parasite as a giant booger. It’s apt, witty and adds a lot of fun to the story.

Scott Hepburn handles the art in this issue along with colorist Nick Filardi. They art style and colors keep a fun vibe without getting too cartoony. Scott throws in some interesting panel arrangements. Page 11, for instance, really stands out. There’s a full length vertical panel that covers half the page. It shows the Rogues hanging out a window of a skyscraper. The other half of the page is a series of panels showing the action that follows. The way it’s done is brilliant. The horizontal shot gives the scene the added sense of height. It draws the eye from the top of the page to the bottom, magnifying the scope of the scene. The followup panels are projected at a point-of-view angle from the center of the page thus causing the top panel to be angled upward and the bottom panel to be angled downward. On one hand it continues to play on the sense of direction. On the other hand, it looks like a seamless part of the building they’re hanging from, like windows or floors of the building. It’s a cool page and it really caught my eye while flipping through the comic.

The issue ends with a teaser of Gotham, which I assume means the Rogues will be showing up in the next issue of Forever Evil: Arkham War. As is, this issue is a lot of fun. I like what Buccellato is doing with the characters and I plan on sticking around to see where they go next. I give Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #2 a three and half metal bikinis out of five though I’d have to say I’m enjoying it a lot more than Arkham War. Brian Buccellato has a lot better handle on the characters than Peter J. Tomasi, but the art isn’t exactly four or five star quality. The art is fun, but not breathtaking.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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