The Flash’s Rogues are known for their rules and high standards and in Blackest Night, they kill one of their own when he breaks an unspoken rule.
During Blackest Night, the Flash’s Rogues kill one of their members when he breaks one of their cardinal rules. Although the Scarlet Speedster has his own reoccurring villains like many heroes in the DC universe, the Rogues set themselves apart from other villains by often working together and operating under a strict code of honor that they expect all members to follow. When Blackest Night brought back deceased members of the Rogues, the villains lead by Captain Cold fought for their lives and imposed a final verdict on Captain Boomerang when he did something unforgivable.
First forming a group in Flash #130, the Rogues originally consisted of Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master, the Trickster, and the Top. While sharing a dislike for speedsters like the Flash, the Rogues followed a strict set of rules that include high standards for acceptance, no killing unless absolutely necessary, not inheriting another Rogue’s legacy, and no drug use to name a few. Aside from being frequent escapees from Iron Heights Penitentiary, the Rogues also had their own private cemetery with statues commemorating fallen Rogues, a site that was disturbed during 2008’s Blackest Night. Many former Rogues were resurrected as Black Lanterns, entities that used their host’s powers and memories to stir emotions within their victims in an effort to eliminate all emotion and life within the universe, specifically targeting DC’s Earth.
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In Blackest Night #1-3 by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins, the Rogues knowingly walk into a battle at Iron Heights with the original Trickster, Top, Mirror Master, Golden Glider, Rainbow Raider, and Captain Boomerang. While the current Rogues struggle to battle the relentless Black Lanterns, Captain Boomerang is saved by his son Owen Mercer who took on his legacy after his death in 2004’s Identity Crisis. While Barry Allen and his fellow speedsters battle a Black Lantern Reverse Flash, Captain Cold and the Rogues learn that Owen has been luring civilians into a pit where they were killed by Digger, believing that his father could return to life with enough lives consumed.
Owen Mercer attempted to find his own way while also honoring the original Captain Boomerang’s legacy, having accomplished being a hero, anti-hero, and villain who had been accepted into the Rogues. Despite his achievements, Owen sought his father’s guidance, seeing the resurrected Digger Harkness as a second chance to find the balance he desperately craved. This desire allowed him to be manipulated by the Black Lantern who convinced him that with the more people he killed, he would become more and more human. This not only violates the Rogues rule about killing but Owen’s crimes became unforgivable when they learn his victims included women and children. “Owen. Rogues don’t kill women and children”, decrees Captain Cold before he pushes Owen in, no longer considering the young man worthy of being a Rogue.
The Rogues watch as Owen pleas to his father go unheard as he is killed, Digger’s bloody arm protruding through Owen’s chest to whimsically clutch their namesake, a boomerang. As Owen returns as a Black Lantern, Captain Cold applies what they’ve learned and immobilizes both Captain Boomerangs in ice before the Rogues walk away, one member less. Although Digger would return to life at the end of Blackest Night, Owen remained dead, his death acting as an unspoken reminder of what happens when you cross the Flash’s Rogues, especially when you break their rules.
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