Williamson and Di Giandomenico conclude the big Rogues storyline in Flash 17. It’s an excellent tale, and the art is superb. The one and only quibble I have is that I would have enjoyed more issues to the tale. This could easily have gone on another issue or two.
But it didn’t, so there is no point in complaining about what isn’t there. As things stand, this contains a great one on one battle between the Flash and Captain Cold, before the big group finale fight.
Williamson explores the uncertain criminality of Captain Cold and the other Rogues, characters of brilliance and innovation, who claim a strong love for Central City, yet who are responsible for so much of the troubles the city has to deal with.
Captain Cold tries to throw the same ideas back at the Flash, but what this story illustrates is what really makes the difference between a hero and a villain, acting for the greater good, or acting for personal gain.
The story also pushes Golden Glider a bit closer to the way the character had been many years ago. Back when she was introduced, Golden Glider did not play well with the other Rogues, despite being the sister of Captain Cold. Her motivation back then had been to destroy the Flash. Murder was not out of the question, but she had such a vindictive streak she kept trying to kill his parents or his wife. Actions no other Rogue would ever have dreamed of doing. Williamson seems to be moving her down this road again.
A number of other Flash villains have cameos as the story comes to a close in Iron Heights. The Rogues may be defeated, but the Flash’s words to Captain Cold prove to have inspired a new direction for Len Snart.