Advance Review: `Rogue Sun’ #1 Is Not Your Father’s Superhero Story

by Tom Smithyman

Overview

When superhero Rogue Sun is killed in battle on the streets of New Orleans, son Dylan must inherit the mantle. But is the rogue son ready to pick up where his estranged father left off?

Overall
8/10
8/10

If you’re looking for a dynamic opening to a comic book series, Rogue Sun delivers. The opening pages pit the titular hero against a villain who, shortly after revealing his secret identity, slays Rogue Sun on the streets of New Orleans.

Writer Ryan Parrott’s story picks up a week later with the deceased hero’s son, Dylan Siegel, learning about his estranged father’s death. Dylan is pretty much the opposite of what you expect in a teenaged hero. Instead of the shy bookwork, Dylan is the one stuffing nerds in a school locker and complaining to his mom that his dad was a deadbeat. Clearly, we’re not dealing with Peter Parker. A rogue son indeed.

At the reading of his dad’s will, Dylan inherits the Rogue Sun mantle and immediately set off in search of his first battle. Given Dylan’s brashness, don’t expect the fight to go well. Clearly, Dylan is not his father’s superhero.

Artist Able and colorist Chris O’Halloran have created an exciting costume – part Iron Man, part Human Torch. A main cover by Declan Shalvey and O’Halloran, showcasing the potential power within the suit, is a highlight.

With its Creole-style architecture and abundant jazz clubs, the New Orleans setting is a fresh one for comics. After all, we need another superhero in New York or Gotham like we need a hole in the head. Curiously though, the creative team chooses a thinly veiled national drug store chain as the site of the original Rogue Sun’s final resting place.

There is still much we don’t know about Rogue Sun. What is the extent of his powers? How did the father become the hero in the first place, and why did he leave Dylan and his mother? The good news is that Rogue Sun is good enough to keep us coming back for more.

Rogue Sun #1 will be available to purchase on February 23, 2022.

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