Wednesday, September 22, 2010
“Case One: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues”
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Francis Manapul
Colorist: Brian Buccellato
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Associate Editor: Adam Schlagman
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Manapul w/Buccellato
Variant Cover: Ryan Sook, Fernando, Pasarin, Joel Gomez, w/Randy Mayor and Carrie Strachan
Published by DC Comics
In Flash #5 the identity of the mystery killer appears to be solved as the Renegades and Rogues fight it out. In the book itself there is an early letterer error, perhaps a writing mistake and art that does not justify the delay.
First off in the credits it states this is part 4 when this is issue 5 of a 6 part arc. OOPS!!! This issue did not even come out on time and nobody caught that before going to the printer. The writing by Geoff Johns was average in this issue but the one thing caught my eye is when the Flash found out he was deceived by Top he says “The Top” a reference to the Rogue version. At first I thought it was just a writing error but now could there be a bigger twist upcoming. It hints that everything Top told Flash in the previous issue was a lie, no Mirror Lords or Mirror Mistress. Does “The Top” have a history with Iris Allen?
The art by Francis Manapul was on the same level with the writing just average. Nothing made me scream YES!!! So its kind of hard to see the art justify a month long delay. The two page spread was cool but without The Flash in it I had no emotional reactioin. Two other good pieces were on the second to last page with Top/TheTop with Iris as Manapul transforms this good guy who always was seen to be calm into this rageful person in an instant The bottom panel has nice use of color to show the effects of time travel. I am also happy with the cover as it actually depicted the issue.
The issues in this story arc have been steadily getting worse and with nothing in this to get me excited it may have hit rock bottom. The delay of this issue may have helped as the previous installment was not fresh in people minds. So here is hoping the final issue comes out on time and Top is redeemed in some way if it is really him.
7(out of 10)