Rogue Sun is a brand new superhero tucked away in a growing shared superhero universe at Image Comics. With only two issues under its belt, it’s still early, but Ryan Parrott and Abel have introduced a slick new costume, a teen superhero that feels fresh, and a dynamic that has him figuring out his powers as quickly as he can. Judging by Rogue Sun #3 out this week, there’s also a much larger supernatural world to discover.
After reading this issue I’m fairly convinced Ryan Parrott is a fan of Dylan Dog. The main character is named Dylan in this story, but he also has to deal with a vampire, meets a mystical helper, and even fights a creature in a swamp. There’s also a bit of detective work in the narrative too. All those elements further distinguish the series and reveal this is not a simple super-suit superhero narrative.
As was set up in the first and second issues, Dylan’s half-siblings are not to be trusted. Those siblings are explored a bit in this issue as Dylan attempts to solve his father’s murder. Luckily for him, his dad can speak to him and show him the abilities his suit can do. While Rogue Sun continues to figure out his suit he’s also figuring out his family and connecting with his father. It makes for an interesting emotional spectrum for Dylan to navigate.
Possibly something missing in this issue is Dylan’s edgier bully self. He’s not in school in this issue so he can throw his weight around, but that defining characteristic is a bit absent. He does speak to his little half-brother in a reckless way, but it’s hard to pin down this character.
This issue looks fabulous with a great-looking Rogue Sun costume no matter the angle or pose. Cityscapes look great with good lighting by Chris O’Halloran no matter interiors or exteriors. The flame effects in particular are great. The opening page is a great bit of pacing as Dylan speaks to his half-sister in the car. The creature design is also quite good. Abel gets to show off two baddies and they have a monster of the week vibe that edges into the gory horror of Clive Barker.
Also joining the team is Francesco Mortarino on a backup that’s a trip. The backup seems to tease new abilities of Rogue Sun, or at least rules we’re not aware of. Similar to Radiant Black, it appears the suit may have ties to something far bigger than these heroes may think or know.
Rogue Sun is turning out to be my favorite superhero comic on the stands. It takes the model of a teenage kid thrust into being a superhero in new directions while blending monsters and the supernatural. Rogue Sun is proof superheroes can feel new again.
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