Review: The Rogues Reign In The Flash #82

by Tony Thornley
Cover by Guillem March and Arif Prianto

Last we saw The Flash, something had damaged the Speed Force, potentially ending everything we knew about the Flashes. However, we pick up with an unexpected and horrifying new status quo.

Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Arif Prianto, and Steve Wands take readers into a Central City completely changed in Flash #82.

Central City is enveloped in chaos and an eternal winter. The Rogues rule the city with an iron fist, with “King” Cold controlling everything. But there’s a resistance forming, led by Iris Allen, causing headaches for Cold and the Rogues. Where is Barry Allen in all of this, and can the resistance win without him?

I love stories where the heroes lose, and that’s exactly where this issue starts. We’ve seen plenty of stories with the villains in control, but Williamson leans into who these new rulers of Central City are, particularly Captain Cold. Cold is ruthless and brutal here, and the changes we see to his personality feel organic to what Williamson has been building the last few months. It’s a breath of fresh air in a run that was starting to feel a bit tired.

Sandoval and Tarragona cut loose with their line work, designing Central City in a wintery post-apocalypse but not one so far removed from reality that it feels alien or foreign. The redesigned Rogues are incredibly threatening, and they make their verbal sparring engaging and fast paced thanks to their intelligent on-page choices. Prianto casts the entire issue in cool blues, creating a chill that practically fills the room as you read it.

The Rogues have shaken things up for the Flash in an exciting way, and I’m back on the edge of my seat to find out what’s happening next.

The Flash #82 is available now from DC Comics.

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