The Flash Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded Review

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The Flash Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded

By Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico (Artist)

I received a free copy of The Flash Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.

Click here for my review of Volume 1: Lightning Strikes Twice.
Click here for my review of Volume 2: Speed Of Darkness.

The Flash’s old foes, the Rogues, have abandoned Central City, pulled off that big score they’ve been after for years and are living it up in a beachside mansion. The only problem? They ripped off the wrong people–and now, some truly evil people are out for revenge. If the Rogues are going to have any chance of surviving, they’ll need the help of their least favorite person alive: the Flash.
From up-and-coming writer Joshua Williamson (Illuminati, Red Skull) and illustrator Carmine Di Giandomenico comes The Flash, Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded!

Collecting: The Flash 14-20

Summary from Goodreads.

With this being the third volume of this series, I would have expected the story to be progressing as we start to understand why each character acts as they do. Rogues Reloaded does this, but not to the level that I would have expected. The main person who did seem to grow was Wally, but his character growth did not make me like him let alone understand why he acts like he does.

The actual storyline is supposed to follow The Flash as he tries to figure out what the Rogues are up to as they have been AWOL for too long. Barry jumps to conclusions and it sets into motion the events of this volume. Whilst most people will know about the Rogues, as someone who has no history with them, I found it disappointing that their history with the Flash was briefly glossed over to ‘they do bad stuff, Barry puts them into Iron Heights, they escape and do it again’ (not in those exact words though). I know that if I wanted to find out more about the Rogues, then there will be other storylines that would be better suited, but I feel like I should not have to go to another comic book to find out what has happened in the past; but at the same time I do appreciate that you cannot keep going over the entire history every single time they are brought in for a new reader like me.

The art style was better than the last issue, but still not to my liking. Maybe I am just fussy but I know the art style that I like but the art style did not seem to suit either the Rogues or the Flash. Since I do not have anything from the Flash for artwork that I know that I like, I cannot tell what it is that I am not enjoying but I hope that I either come to enjoy this style, or they slightly change to to better suit the characters.

The reason why this is a three star read and not a four is that I did not care about any of the characters. Whilst the story was enjoyable, I was not rooting for either the Flash or the Rouges to come out on top.

3/5

Have you read The Flash Volume 3: Rogues Reloaded? Do you agree with my review? Let me know your opinion in the comments below!

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