Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art: Leomacs, Jason Wordie, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and Sam Wolfe Connelly
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 12th, 2022
Captain Cold had a blueprint to defraud Gorilla Grodd. A plan that would make the ROGUES wealthy. However, now that scheme has erupted, and the ROGUES fingerprints and failures are all over Gorilla City. If the prevailing partners are going to endure, they need to come up with a new plan fast. Let’s dive into the ROGUES #3 by Joshua Williamson as a deception by one of their own brings this next chapter to all-new heights!
$&@$ gets real… and fast in this week’s ROGUES #3 by Joshua Williamson. Let’s just say there is a reason this is DC BLACK LABEL. And after this week, the pieces will fit perfectly together. Heads will roll, people will die, beat laid plans will be destroyed, and all with intensity and action to boot. Just like any good heist movie, things go sideways. Well, that’s basically ROGUES #3. However, it’s the character development by Williamson that shines through the best as this issue comes to a close.
Readers will see each ROGUES‘ true colors, especially Snart and Glider. These two really come into their own in an almost deviant way. The depth alone with the Snarts is what developed the most tension as well as appeal. I found myself originally rooting for the ROGUES, however, after the actions this week it’s really difficult to see who’s the true villain in this story. Plus, to add an extra wrinkle, fans get a more creative twist on Gorilla City and where its financial success actually comes from which was a fantastic story beat.
The biggest impact artistically came from Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and the lettering. The gunfire, explosions, and blood splatter worked their way into the lettering in an incredible way which practically brought the issue to life. Every smack, burn, or bullet penetration exploded with force off of each page thanks to Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering design. Furthermore, the color choices by Jason Wordie helped set the retro tone that made these ROGUES feel down and out, gritty and dated. Couple these two elements with Leomacs design, and readers get a comic that masterfully fits the story beats and theme which helped ROGUES #3 land on point.
ROGUES #3 raises the level of intensity, develops the characters involved, and incorporates some unique story beats that will hook fans almost from the start. By far, this was the best issue in the series and did a fantastic job of seducing readers into reading the final issue. ROGUES #3 is graphic, powerful, and packs one heck of a punch. However, this isn’t the issue to jump in on nor does Willaimson make it easy for fans to hop right in, which is ultimately the biggest knock of the comic. Fans who have been following along to this point will have an absolute blast. Otherwise, I highly recommend fans interested in jumping on board just grab the ROGUES trade when it hits stands. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!