Boiled down to a single pitch — the Flash’s villains band together and defy the bad guys of “Forever Evil” — there’s a lot of potential in “Forever Evil: Rogue’s Rebellion.” Three issues into the mini-series, though, the execution doesn’t live up to the promise. Brian Buccellato, Scott Hepburn and Andre Coelho instead serve up a nickel tour of the DC Universe during “Forever Evil,” and the end result is less than enthusiastic.
There are some good bits and pieces peppered throughout “Forever Evil: Rogue’s Rebellion” #3 that keep it from crashing down. The idea that the Crime Syndicate’s changes to the world (like moving the moon) are affecting Poison Ivy’s plants, for instance, is nice because it gives these big sweeping ideas more of a consequence than, “Hey, isn’t that cool.” It’s also nice to see that some of the rogues are at different levels of villainy and partnership than others; Heatwave admitting that he would have abandoned Mirror Master if their positions were reversed, for example.
But at the same time, it also feels very repetitious. The idea of, “Why are we sticking together?” is getting a little blatantly hammered into the reader, and at times Buccellato’s attempts to show what’s going on with the other villains in Gotham feel more like an amusement park ride, where random figures jump out and growl before retreating back into the darkness. And while I appreciate that Buccellato reminds readers of Lisa left behind, it’s at the point where I can’t be the only one who really doesn’t care one whit about the character and the constant mentions of her. The story overall just isn’t that interesting, unfortunately.
Hepburn is joined by Coelho for half of the issue, and I’m impressed at how similar the two artists are in terms of style. They both draw the characters in a narrow, stringy style, and it’s an interesting look. At times it goes a little haywire, though. Coelho drawing the ladder falling down in the warehouse, for instance, is at such a strange angle that you’d be forgiven if you first thought the shelves that Mirror Master’s standing on are the ones that just pitched over. Likewise, Weather Wizard’s plunge to the ground at the end of the issue is really unclear; did he hit the ice wall as well, or is he just going limp as he drops?
“Forever Evil: Rogue’s Rebellion” #3 ultimately feels forgettable. It’s not bad but it’s not anything special, either. In the end, “Forever Evil: Rogue’s Rebellion” feels like it’s headed into the realm of generic comic event tie-in. Sadly, it’ll have a lot of company.