Why The Rogues are Awesome (And Why They Deserve an Ongoing)

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Why do The Flash's Rogues deserve their own monthly ongoing? Why are they so awesome? Here's why.

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1. Captain Cold

The leader of the bunch, and my favorite Flash villain. No pun intended, but he is downright cool. He has the personality, leadership, and the interesting power-set to be a major villain. If you think about it, he's a fantastic leader who is underrated. He's able to pull together these villains and work together unlike most villain groups. He's respected and they listen to him but Cold also listens to them. His power set is perfect against the Flash, because first of all, if there's ice, it's slippery. Second of all, he can freeze to absolute zero, limited and stopping motion of even the Flash!

2. Mirror Master, Heatwave, Weather Wizard...

The rest of the Rogues are interesting as well. They too have unique and colorful abilities that look amazing on panel. Mirror Master has the unique ability to transport through reflective surfaces. Heatwave is the perfect opposite to Captain Cold and Weather Wizard is all-around powerful. Then throw-in oddballs like Trickster and reformed villains like the Pied Piper, and you've got an intriguing team.

3. Underrated

When you think about how powerful the Flash is, doesn't matter if it's Barry or Wally or Bart, you realize that you need some really powerful villains to give him a challenge. Time after time, I hear people state that the Rogues are too weak to face the Flash. False. As proven in "Rogues' Revenge," they are quite the foes. Captain Cold can create an absolute zero cold field to slow down the Flash. Heatwave's fire is hot enough to melt the Flash's boots. Weather Wizard can summon intense storms. Mirror Master is amazing with prep and incredibly tricky to fight. Pied Piper has mind control and hypnosis abilities. Now in the New 52, the Rogues actually have powers and the Golden Glider appears to be able to compete with the Flash's speed and plus she can become intangible. Together, The Rogues create a difficult challenge for the Scarlet Speedster.

4. They're Proven

The Rogues already have had great stories like Rogues' Revenge, Rogues War, and currently Rogues Rebellion. These stories prove that they can be villains that can hold their own monthly ongoing series. They certainly have the chemistry, the humor, the drive, and the interesting character dynamic to do it. Not to mention, they always look spectacular on-panel. So colorful and creative. Get someone like Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul for art and Geoff Johns on writing and you are all set. They're able to fight against heroes in their own series and also against other villains. Sometimes they even team-up with the Flash. I definitely think that the Rogues, unlike most villains, can hold a monthly ongoing series.

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5. Moral Code

They aren't the type of villains to want to take over the world or kill the Flash. The Rogues like what they have going on right now and just want to continue on robbing banks in order to spend the money later on. They will never want to kill the Flash. They have their own moral code, whether or not you agree with it. It gives them almost a sense of honor and respect. This is what makes them so different and unique. Here is another reason why the Rogues have the special ability to star in their own series. As main characters, they should "win" and for the Rogues, it would actually be okay. For most villains, "winning" means killing the hero or taking over the city. We don't want that because it leaves lasting consequences. The Rogues can just rob a bank or defeat the Flash (without killing him) and everyone would be fine. Despite their strong moral code, the Rogues always pose a sense of danger against the Flash.

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I really like them, hopefully they'll give Cold his powers back thought.

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@papinacho: oh yah. he proably will get them back

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This was great...while resding I kept thinking bout that JLU episode lol.

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@ultrastarkiller: Wait, wait, wait, they were in an episode of JLU :O, i have no memories of that D:!! What is the episode called??

Btw, as awesome as they are ( and i believe that together the 6 of them are better then Lex Luthor & Joker ) if we give them there own series DC might turn them into Anti-heroes, and I really don't want to lose 6 amazing flash villains, it would be cool as long as it's limited series, something like superior foes of spider-man.

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I dont personally care for these characters but I do agree they are book material, DC should get on this.

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I agree with the points of your article, but also like to add one. Flash only has one book per month right now. If you look at the other big characters in DC (Bats, Sups, WW, and GL) they all have several books, but flash only has one despite having such a large universe of characters. DC has made a large push within the last year or two for flash related media (i.e. flashpoint movie and upcoming flash tv series).

Maybe (**fingers crossed) the current rogues book is a test for an ongoing rogues series. A second book would help expand the universe and get the common fans more familiar with the flash universe.

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@ultrastarkiller: Wait, wait, wait, they were in an episode of JLU :O, i have no memories of that D:!! What is the episode called??

Btw, as awesome as they are ( and i believe that together the 6 of them are better then Lex Luthor & Joker ) if we give them there own series DC might turn them into Anti-heroes, and I really don't want to lose 6 amazing flash villains, it would be cool as long as it's limited series, something like superior foes of spider-man.

The episode called "Flash and Substance."

I doubt that giving them a series would make Flash lose 6 amazing villains. They could still be his villains. It works for the Rogues because they battle villains sometimes too and are almost anti-heroes.

I agree with the points of your article, but also like to add one. Flash only has one book per month right now. If you look at the other big characters in DC (Bats, Sups, WW, and GL) they all have several books, but flash only has one despite having such a large universe of characters. DC has made a large push within the last year or two for flash related media (i.e. flashpoint movie and upcoming flash tv series).

Maybe (**fingers crossed) the current rogues book is a test for an ongoing rogues series. A second book would help expand the universe and get the common fans more familiar with the flash universe.

that's a good point. I agree that they need more Flash. DC should create a Rogues series and also a Hal/Barry team-up series.

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I agree with the points you made about Captain Cold. I liked getting to know him during the new 52 Flash Moving Forward seeing how he could take on the Flash being able to slow him down and take it to him. Look forward to getting to know the rest of the rouges.

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Captain Cold is in my top 10 villians list. Can't wait to see him in a Flash movie. I really liked the episode of the JLU when Batman and Orion realize how dangerous Barry's villains are.

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@knightfall225: me too. I just thought that Orion was totally nerfed in that JLU episode. I mean, I know Captain Cold is fairly powerful but he took down Orion...

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Btw, what's up with captain boomerang, wasn't he part of the rouges before the new 52?

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@2cool4fun: yeah he was. I think they just left him off in the New 52. Even pre 52, they didn't really like him

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I'd buy a book about them, especially if Francis Manapul or Scott Hepburn was on art. Ideally, Manapul would be the main artist with Hepburn doing fill-ins when necessary and my first choice for writer would be Brian Buccellato. I like all the Rogues members so much that I bought the second trade of The Flash just because it had them in it,even though I don't buy the title normally.

Assuming the comatose Glider sub-plot isn't resolved by the end of Rogues Rebellion, DC already has at least two arcs before the title even ships its first issue, which is more than you can say about most other titles. You resolve Glider's coma (again, presuming it isn't already) for one, and then you do a fallout arc that has her and Cold fighting for control of the team. Between those stories, an introductory issue or two, the inevitable event tie-ins, and probably a crossover with The Flash, DC has a years worth of issues ready to go.

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@batmannflash: Well, if a lot of people buy Rogues Rebellion and are very vocal about wanting a Rogues series then maybe it'll happen. Its all about showing DC there's a market for titles other than Batman, Superman, and Justice League.

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Totally agree with you! The Rogues would make for an awesome ongoing that could potentially stand up to the likes of other fan favorite books like Secret Six, especially seeing how the Rogues have very colorful and unique powers and personalities. I'd also love to see a Flash animated series with them.

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Here's another one for y'all. Part of my blog series "Why ___ is Awesome."

Why do The Flash's Rogues deserve their own monthly ongoing? Why are they so awesome? Here's why.

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1. Captain Cold

The leader of the bunch, and my favorite Flash villain. No pun intended, but he is downright cool. He has the personality, leadership, and the interesting power-set to be a major villain. If you think about it, he's a fantastic leader who is underrated. He's able to pull together these villains and work together unlike most villain groups. He's respected and they listen to him but Cold also listens to them. His power set is perfect against the Flash, because first of all, if there's ice, it's slippery. Second of all, he can freeze to absolute zero, limited and stopping motion of even the Flash!

2. Mirror Master, Heatwave, Weather Wizard...

The rest of the Rogues are interesting as well. They too have unique and colorful abilities that look amazing on panel. Mirror Master has the unique ability to transport through reflective surfaces. Heatwave is the perfect opposite to Captain Cold and Weather Wizard is all-around powerful. Then throw-in oddballs like Trickster and reformed villains like the Pied Piper, and you've got an intriguing team.

3. Underrated

When you think about how powerful the Flash is, doesn't matter if it's Barry or Wally or Bart, you realize that you need some really powerful villains to give him a challenge. Time after time, I hear people state that the Rogues are too weak to face the Flash. False. As proven in "Rogues' Revenge," they are quite the foes. Captain Cold can create an absolute zero cold field to slow down the Flash. Heatwave's fire is hot enough to melt the Flash's boots. Weather Wizard can summon intense storms. Mirror Master is amazing with prep and incredibly tricky to fight. Pied Piper has mind control and hypnosis abilities. Now in the New 52, the Rogues actually have powers and the Golden Glider appears to be able to compete with the Flash's speed and plus she can become intangible. Together, The Rogues create a difficult challenge for the Scarlet Speedster.

4. They're Proven

The Rogues already have had great stories like Rogues' Revenge, Rogues War, and currently Rogues Rebellion. These stories prove that they can be villains that can hold their own monthly ongoing series. They certainly have the chemistry, the humor, the drive, and the interesting character dynamic to do it. Not to mention, they always look spectacular on-panel. So colorful and creative. Get someone like Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul for art and Geoff Johns on writing and you are all set. They're able to fight against heroes in their own series and also against other villains. Sometimes they even team-up with the Flash. I definitely think that the Rogues, unlike most villains, can hold a monthly ongoing series.

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5. Moral Code

They aren't the type of villains to want to take over the world or kill the Flash. The Rogues like what they have going on right now and just want to continue on robbing banks in order to spend the money later on. They will never want to kill the Flash. They have their own moral code, whether or not you agree with it. It gives them almost a sense of honor and respect. This is what makes them so different and unique. Here is another reason why the Rogues have the special ability to star in their own series. As main characters, they should "win" and for the Rogues, it would actually be okay. For most villains, "winning" means killing the hero or taking over the city. We don't want that because it leaves lasting consequences. The Rogues can just rob a bank or defeat the Flash (without killing him) and everyone would be fine. Despite their strong moral code, the Rogues always pose a sense of danger against the Flash.

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This was an awesome read and I am actually interested in the Rogues now because of you. Especially the new 52 ones. I am gonna get Rogues Rebellion when another issue comes out

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@batmannflash: Superawesome blog dude!! I'd totally buy a Rogues ongoing!

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