Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #4

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #4

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

Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #4 goes deeper into Gotham with the likes of Mr. Freeze, Clayface, Victor Zsasz and the Black Mask. Bouncing around between brawls, the Rogues can’t seem to catch a break from the bounty the Syndicate placed on their heads. With Captain Cold split off from the group, they’re now under the leadership of Mirror Man. But the question is: where are they heading?

In the last issue, the Rogues had to deal with Poison Ivy. In this one, they have to deal with Mr. Freeze and Clayface. While there is plenty of action, Mr. Freeze doesn’t get a lot of dialog, and Clayface doesn’t get much of a chance to shine. When the Black Mask and his gang show up, it becomes a battle royale. All in all, there’s a lot of action in this issue, but he characters and story development takes a bit of a back seat because of it.

Aside from the heavy dose of Gotham villains, there’s a side plot setup with the Royal Flush Gang, which is from the Justice League. This is a group of villains I’m completely unfamiliar with, but I liked what was shown of them. It’ll be interesting to see how their part develops.

The art in this issue is pretty good. It’s split between two artists, and it’s pretty hard to see where one starts and the other stops. There styles do a good job of showing detail, illustrating the action and portraying the characters. The coloring complements the artwork well and gives it a clean looking, animated feel.

With a lot of great characters in this issue, there was plenty of potential. However, I can’t help but feel Mr. Freeze and Clayface were wasted a bit. Mr. Freeze was narrowly focused on making the Rogues do what he wanted without any intelligent manipulation. Clayface on the other hand was a straight up fool who acted as Freeze’s thug. There were a lot of simple character portrayals and not a lot of depth. Only at the end do we see some depth with Heat Wave, but that’s left open ended. That, and the Royal Flush Gang, which also showed some potential.

As is, I give Rogues Rebellion #4 a three out of five metal bikinis. I didn’t like this issue as much as the previous ones. It was okay, but it didn’t shine as much as the others did.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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