Flash #23.3

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Brian Buccellato Artist: Patrick Zircher Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 3
7.9Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

The Rogues have their rules and their ways of doing business-so what do they think of the Secret Society's claims that the Justice League is dead, and that the world's villains need to unite?  It's a culture clash that won't end quietly!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - the villains of Earth? Sep 18, 2013

    I'm a bit biased when it comes to the Rogues. They're one of my favorite teams in comics. While they may be villains, there's a great dynamic between these characters, as we've seen in the past. This issue spends a lot of time playing on this family dynamic in a fun way. While some of the redesigns aren't my cup of tea, Buccellato made me forget all about that by making these characters really feel like individuals. Zircher and Filardi are great here and do this team and book justice. This is one of the better Villains Month books so far. Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Sep 19, 2013

    This book wasn't drawn or colored by Manapul or Buccellato but it looked and felt like a Flash book. The artists did a phenomenal job recreating the look of that title while keeping it uniquely them. I do wish the colors were a bit more vibrant in some of the scenes, but that's a personal preference. It's still a stunning book and I hope the upcoming Rogues Rebellion looks equally good. Grab this book if you haven't already! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 20, 2013

    You want a good villains titles that covers backstory, current story and future story, this issue encompasses it all very concisely. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Daniel Gehen Sep 19, 2013

    The Flash #23.3 is a Villains Month title without comparison. While DCs other titles are presenting the villains as individuals to sympathize with prior to their villainous turns, Buccellato has put together a story that makes us care for this particular set of villains. Patrick Zirchers excellent artwork only adds to an issue that might be the cream of the September crop. Knowing these two are at the helm, Rogues Rebellion cant come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Sep 23, 2013

    I loved it. And I highly encourage you to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 27, 2013

    The Rogues are always good fun and The Flash #23.3 is no exception.  They are a Family, they stick together and they never ever kill.  I love them and I loved this issue.  Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 18, 2013

    Also like the Grodd issue, this story has the benefit of introducing new plot twists and generally feeling more relevant to the larger Forever Evil picture than most Villains Month issues. Presumably this issue is intended as a prologue to the upcoming Rogues Rebellion mini-series, as the creative team is identical. This is certainly a strong indicator of that book's quality. Patrick Zircher's moody art is an excellent fit for the Rogues and their seedier vision of the Gem Cities. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Sep 18, 2013

    The artwork is pretty good. I mean, it is not Francis Manapul style art, but it is still nice to look at overall. The characters all look good, the action is very nice looking, the coloring is good, the backgrounds are nicely detailed and lively, and there are couple of great looking panels and pages throughout the issue. Maybe some facial expressions aren't the best, but it's good stuff in general. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jacob Bryant Sep 18, 2013

    Although it is Villain's Month this is the first book that almost didn't feel like it fit in. Sure the Rogues rob banks but these aren't true villains. They aren't psychopaths or killers; they're just trying to get by the only way they know how. Buccellato and Zircher do a solid job nailing down the voice of the Rogues and setting them apart from the rest of the pack. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Sep 21, 2013

    Overall this book was not as fun as I wanted it to be. I expect fun from the Rogues. Theyre colorful and dont care what you think of them. I dont want them to fall down the dark well of super-seriousness that so many others have recently. But, Im interested in what this book leads to a showdown between the Rogues and the CSA? Or the Reverse Flash? I like these guys way more than I like Barry Allen, so Im happy to see how they run the show in his absence. Also if Captain Boomerang, Rainbow Raider, The Top, and Pied Piper (I bet youve all forgotten him from those early issues!) could crash the party, Id be even happier. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 30, 2013

    Bland art aside, The Rogues are such an interesting group I might start picking up the Flash books again. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Sep 22, 2013

    It may not have the humor of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, but The Flash #23.3: The Rogues is another treat for those who like their super-crooks a little more human. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 23, 2013

    "The Flash" #23.3 is a remarkably enjoyable comic in the deluge of Villains Month titles. While the connection to "Forever Evil" is equivalent to the red skies in "Crisis of Infinite Earths" tie-ins, the Rogues are perched for a larger role and more development to come soon from Buccellato and Zircher. The group's moral fiber is stitched before the eyes of readers in this issue and sets up plenty of stories for the months to come, regardless of the presence of a certain Scarlet Speedster. Buccellato (with and without writing partner Francis Manapul) has done a fine job crafting a community of characters in the Gem Cities. I look forward to further growth from this collection of rapscallions. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 24, 2013

    The last part of the issue catches up with the events of Grodd #1 as The Rogues find themselves once again forced to play hero and save their city from the gorilla invasion as the Flash and the rest of the Justice League have been taken out by the Secret Society of Super-Villains. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 21, 2013

    This issue was a little too complicated to get a higher grade, and the art wasn't that great. But the concept and the characters are very strong. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 20, 2013

    The unbeatable art paired with a terrible story makes for a difficult read. Buy the regular cover, if you must. The fancy ones not worth the extra dollar. And to be quite honest, unless youre a huge Flash fan or a staunch Patrick Zircher supporter, theres no reason to really get this issue at all. Which serves as a very disturbing reminder that Ive been blindly supporting this series through 23 regular issues, two annuals, a zero issue, and now three villain-themed one-shots, one of which had good art but all of which had bad writing and very little story to make me reconsider my viewpoint on the reboot as going off without a hitch. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 21, 2013

       It's like the old World War II-era slogan: was this trip necessary? Read Full Review

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