The final issue of the first story arc for Rogue Sun is out this week, and the main character is between a rock and a hard place. Specifically, the rock is his dead father that speaks to him through his super-suit, and the hard place is his mother, who is sending some major supervillain vibes. It has all been building towards this in a finale that sets Dylan in a new and exciting direction.
But first, Dylan must deal with arguing parents! Picking up directly where we left off with Rogue Sun #5, Dylan is in the middle as the mother and father fight for Dylan’s approval. Technically his mother can’t hear the father or vice versa, but it’s a clever setup by writer Ryan Parrott. How many kids endure their parents fighting, trying to calm them down, only for both to not hear each other? There’s a very relatable element to that, even though it’s amped up by the superpowers Dyland and his mother have.
The reader is easily in Dylan’s headspace as well, since we can’t be sure the father is correct in affirming the mother killed him. We know she gained her power in a nefarious way, though, and yet Dylan doesn’t want to harm the mother as the father keeps commanding him. It’s a tough situation, especially for a kid whose father abandoned him yet is likely right about the mother needing to be stopped.
That confrontation builds towards a resolution of sorts, which ties into a supporting character Dylan will likely lean on in future issues. After that conflict, around ten pages of the rest of the book act like an epilogue setting up where we go from here. That gives the book a lot more setup than one might expect. Dylan interacts with two key characters, which will matter significantly, with some minor characters finding out how things will be going forward. While it’s good to know where Dylan stands with the suit and how he’ll be going rogue as Rogue Sun, it’s also not very exciting. It almost feels like the creators expected the series to end with this issue, but a “to be continued” promises more.
Abel draws another good issue with colors by Natalia Marques, amping up the green glow powers of the mother and the orange-reds of Rogue Sun’s powers. Due to Rogue Sun not wanting to harm his mom, most of the action is subdued. There is an incredibly well detailed and dynamic double-page splash, but for the most part, the characters are standing around talking.
Rogue Sun #6 ends its first story arc by closing the door on the immediate confrontation and promising a new set of problems for the hero to combat when the series returns. It’s the kind of ending that’s more about the promise of more to come than a huge climax, but given how strong the cast of characters is and the overall premise, we’re in for an exciting ride.
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