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When a Rogue turns up murdered in Iron Heights prison, only The Flash can find the killer – but which beloved villain is being kept quiet for now. It’s the storyline teased by DC, beginning with The Flash #36 ‘s first chapter of “A Cold Day in Hell.” And no, fans of The CW’s universe can breathe a sigh of relief that it won’t be Captain Cold lying beneath the bloody sheet in Iron Heights morgue. Leonard Snart has a big role to play in the issues that follow, meaning a dead Rogue may be the first step in his master plan.
That’s just speculation for now, and we would hate to make such a grave accusation of Snart. For those who may not know, it’s his leadership of the Rogues that actually lowered civilian casualties in Central City (interested in crimes and capers, not killing). He isn’t the only Rogue who can be ruled out as DC’s latest editorial casualty, but you have to hand it to DC for making a mystery revealing next to nothing seem like Barry Allen’s most interesting case in years.
The official synopsis has the tease so far, so read for yourselves:
When one of The Flash’s Rogues is murdered inside Iron Heights prison, Barry Allen throws himself deep into the case, still reeling from the turmoil of his personal life! But when the clues begin to reveal an even greater conspiracy at work, The Flash soon discovers Iron Heights’ deadliest secret…
If a mystery killer is a compelling twist, then a mystery conspiracy is even better. We would expect that plan to take a bit longer to uncover than the identity of the victim or killer, since The Flash has packed more than one twist in recent months. To name just two,
Barry learned his girlfriend was the new Reverse-Flash , while elsewhere fighting a version of Batman who stole Flash’s speed on another world in DC’s METAL event.
It’s the reveal of Barry’s girlfriend’s true loyalties that’s being referred to in the synopsis, with the story wrapping up just pages before Barry receives word of the murder in Iron Heights. Fortunately, we have the cover art for Issue #36. So the surviving Rogues – provided DC isn’t outright deceiving fans – include the most well-known villains like Mirror Master, The Trickster, Girder, and even Tar Pit. The most notable absence may be Heat Wave, but fans are as capable of making predictions as anyone at this point.
The story synopses for the following issues promise Barry will wind up locked in Iron Heights himself, finding new allies, being betrayed by old ones, and citizens facing death that only The Flash can stop. In other words, another regular week for the fastest man alive.
Do you have any predictions about the Rogue doomed for death? Is there a particular villain that you would hope gets wiped clean of DC’s Rebirth ? And most importantly, are you Captain Cold fans ready for a story all about Leonard Snart’s genius? You are almost certainly in luck.
The Flash #36 will be released in comic book shops and through digital download on December 13th, 2017.