The original Rogues Gallery was a loose-knit group of Central City criminals who battled the second Flash on their own and would occasionally work together to knock him out of the way while they committed robberies. By the time of Barry Allen’s death, many had become so focused on the thrill of matching wits with the Flash that they simply retired.
Five of the original Rogues have literally been to Hell and back—deceived by the demon Neron into sacrificing their lives, then brought back to destroy Keystone City and force the Flash into a Faustian deal of his own. Some returned from the experience more enlightened, while others returned darker.
Then the call went out. Black marketeer Blacksmith contacted Mirror Master and Weather Wizard from the original group, Magenta, and the bounty hunter known as Plunder to form a new Rogues Gallery. She also arranged a major breakout at Iron Heights, Keystone’s metahuman-capable prison, adding the psychotic Murmur and the metallic Girder to their ranks.
Unlike the previous version of the Rogues, this team had a leader, a goal, and a plan to reach it. They began eliminating or incapacitating the Flash’s allies, then prepared to take total control of both Central and Keystone Cities. The plan was foiled, however, by a most unlikely group of allies. Without Blacksmith’s leadership, the team has dissolved, some members re-forming the original team, and others striking out on their own.Text by Kelson Vibber. Do not copy without permission.
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- Flash Secret Files #3 (November 2001)
- Flash: Iron Heights (2001), Geoff Johns
- Flash Secret Files #3 (November 2001): “Rogues,” Geoff Johns
- Flash #183 (April 2002): “Crossfire Prologue: Tricked,” Geoff Johns
- Flash #184–188 (April–September 2002): “Crossfire,” Geoff Johns