Rogues! (review)

Rogues! (Vol. 1-6)
by El Torres, Juan José Ryp, and Rubén Rojas
Published by Amigo Comics (2013-2014)
$11.94 (total)

Hey, comic fans. Tired of this?

Yeah, that and more is what’s on offer from Marvel. Fortunately, my wanderings through the Internet have shown me a comic far easier on the eyes. Instead of holier-than-thou “heroes,” we have a pair of thieves who go on lighthearted adventures and do battle with self-absorbed villains who think they’re all that and a bag of oats.

Say hello to Rogues!

First and foremost, nothing at all about this comic is serious. There is no epic quest, no grand plan to save the world from the Great Evil Whatever. Instead, the main characters, a gruff man named Bram and his lovely, agile sidekick known only as “The Weasel” conduct missions for their thieves’ guild, going up against one ridiculous foe after another. That is not to say, however, that this series is childish; in fact, the violence is quite brutal, and people are killed repeatedly on page, with lots of blood to go around.

To get a sense of this series’ mood, observe the objective of the very first mission the reader sees. A nobleman pleads with Bram and The Weasel to rescue Melinda, the daughter of a powerful wizard.

How the nobleman describes Melinda:

The reality:

And lest you think it was forced, her own father reprimands her in the second volume for her “unceasing slutty behavior.”

Yeah, not exactly some groundbreaking look at the pressing social issues of our time or whatever it is they say.

As characters, Bram and The Weasel are very jaunty and fun, taking the myriad dangers in stride like it’s all some big joke, all without insulting the reader or anyone else. I chuckled several times at how they approached things, and the comics overall left me with a hunger for more. Furthermore, it doesn’t shy away from the cheesecake, often using it for humor instead.

If these comics have a weakness, I’d say it’s their episodic nature. It would be nice to have some sort of continuing plotline with a singular villain or other obstacle to overcome, but that brings with it the danger of jokes going stale — the death of any comedic work. However, what it lacks in length, it makes up for in comedic value.

It’s hard to get hard copies of these anymore, so if you want them, the easiest way is through the series’ Comixology page (Comixology is owned by Amazon, and thus can use the Amazon login.) With comics like these going around, who needs Marvel’s four-color sermons? At $1.99 an issue, it won’t blow a hole in your wallet either.

A fun story that’s doesn’t cost too much; it’s hard to go wrong there.

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