Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #3

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #3

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artists: Scott Hepburn and Andre Coelho
Colorist: Nick Filardi
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Cover Artists: Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire

Rogues Rebellion #3 continues the fun as the Rogues dive into Gotham City. Of course Gotham is now ruled by the inmates, so each block is another super villains turf. With Captain Cold out of the picture, Mirror Master takes the lead as he and the Rogues deal with Poison Ivy, the Man-Bat and Mr. Freeze. The Crime Syndicate might be in control of the world, but in Gotham, the Batman villains are still in charge.

Amid the bright colorful artwork of Scott Hepburn, Andre Coelho and Nick Filardi if a story that’s just plain fun. Brian Buccellato includes just the right elements to make the story entertaining. There’s a bit of action as Mirror Master goes from one hotspot to another. He uses Trickster to add a nice edge of humor to the story. On top of that, he provides some introspective looks into the characters. This issue focuses heavily on Mirror Master, so we get a pretty good look into his head. However there are also glimpses into Heatwave and Weather Wizard.

Being a bigger Batman fan than Flash fan, I really liked seeing the Rogues come into contact with the Batman villains. Poison Ivy takes center stage as she holds the Rogues hostage in return for their help. As part of the favor, Mirror Master and Heatwave have to fend off Man-Bat’s minions and a few other roaming crazies. Without spoiling anything, it’s a good plot that makes both logical sense and provides entertainment. The ending has a great hook involving Mr. Freeze and it’s definitely the kind of ending that will have you eager to check out the next issue.

The artwork definitely has a nice stride going at this point in the series. Reading through this issue, I couldn’t even tell when the artists changed as the entire issue is divided up into several parts with Scott Hepburn handling some pages and Andre Coelho the others. It’s a very animated style that reminds me of the old animated Batman show, and it works very well. The characters come off expressive, dynamic and pleasing to the eye. They’re not too cartoony and the style doesn’t sacrifice detail. Plus the colors work really well with the artwork. There’s a nice change in color as the issue progresses without any one color becoming overly used. There’s no drab tone overhanging the story, nor any heavy handed use of a particular color palette overshadowing the artwork. Instead, the colors are just right. They make the art pop and create some cool panels.

As the third issue in this series, Rogues Rebellion is rolling along with a great little story. Brian Buccellato has taken a cast of character I hardly knew anything about and made them completely interesting. With the excellent work from the art team, this series is a nice gem that shouldn’t be overlooked. I give Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #3 a five out of five metal bikinis and look forward to seeing where this series goes next.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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