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Rogues' Gallery is a 2022 comic book series published by Image Comics, written by Hannah Rose May, Declan Shalvey, and pencilled by Justin Mason.

Red Rogue is a popular comic book series that's been adapted into a TV show running for eight seasons. However, its so-called fans are vocally unhappy about the show not sticking closer to the source material for their tastes. The person who gets the brunt of their scorn is actress Maisie Wade, whom they believe is personally responsible for Red Rogue's Seasonal Rot. Tensions are already high when Maisie acquires the only signed, first printing edition of Red Rogue Down #1 available, but then she announces she's leaving the show. Then the show gets cancelled.

Having decided to take matters into their own hands, a group of fans plan to rob Maisie's home while dressed as Red Rogue's villains. Their leader, however, has darker ideas in mind and Maisie is forced to fight for her life.

Rogues' Gallery provides examples of:

  • Broken Bird: Maisie's genuinely the biggest Red Rogue fan out there, and considered playing the character to be a dream come true. Then came years of toxic fans ripping her apart and getting blamed for Red Rogue's problems. Maisie's so worn out she views herself as being trapped in her role and eventually quits the show after eight seasons worth of abuse.
  • Bury Your Gays: Joey, Maisie's assistant and best friend, is shot and strung up in Maisie's house after he recognizes Dodge as "Michael."
  • Creator Breakdown: In-universe, Maisie finally quits playing Red Rogue after eight seasons worth of harassment, toxic fans, and idiot showrunners finally get to her.
  • Entitled Bastard: Dodge's group eventually decides Maisie needs to pay for ruining "their" Red Rogue, and feel she doesn't deserve to own Red Rogue Down #1.
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe, the real cause of Red Rogue's problems are the showrunners not really caring about the source material, not being concerned because they figure people will watch anyway even if it's just to complain.
  • Dramatic Irony: Maisie Wade is demonized by the Red Rogue fandom as the person responsible for everything wrong with the TV adaption, when the truth is she cares about the character more than anyone and actively tries to stop the executives from screwing with the source material too much.
  • Loony Fan: Oh so very much. Dodge, Hayley, and Yuri are all absolutely convinced that Maisie Wade's deliberately trying to ruin Red Rogue and refuse to listen to anyone arguing to the contrary. Dodge is the worst of the group, violently screaming about how he'll murder someone if the show doesn't adapt the Red Rogue comics properly. He's not bluffing.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Maisie Wade gets targeted for harassment and eventually a home invasion because of criticisms about Red Rogue, when the fans should really be pissed at the executives and scriptwriters for what's been happening.
  • Not What I Signed Up For: Kyle and Yuri learn too late that Dodge always planned to murder Maisie and her husband during the home invasion as part of a plan to reenact Red Rogue Down.
  • The Scapegoat: Maisie's the fandom's preferred target for their complaints about the Red Rogue show, thinking just because she plays the title character that she complete control over everything.
  • Show Within a Show: Red Rogue is a TV adaption of a comic book character of the same name, and the plot is driven by fans growing increasingly unhappy with the show. In particular, the comic Red Rogue Down is viewed as a masterpiece by the fandom. The fact Maisie Wade managed to get the only signed first issue in the world and the show gets cancelled before it could adapt this storyline is what eventually sets Dodge's group on the path for "revenge."
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Dodge, Yuri, and Hayley constantly talk down to Kyle and act like he doesn't know what he's talking about when he voices any differing opinion to their merciless hatred of Maisie Wade. He eventually starts agreeing with them after being browbeaten for so long.