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Comic Book / Rogue Sun

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When the knight falls... a son will rise.

"You are the next... Rogue Sun."
"$&%^ me."

Rogue Sun is an ongoing superhero comic, written by Ryan Parrott, with art by ABEL. It is published by Image Comics and began in March 2022 note .

Marcus Randolph Bell is the superhero Rogue Sun, protector of the world and New Orleans' greatest superhero. He was also just killed. When Dylan Siegel and his mother, the family that Marcus abandoned, meet with Marcus' new family, the Bells, at the reading of Marcus' will, Dylan unexpectedly inherits his estranged father's powers and mantle. Now, Dylan is forced to confront his feelings on the man he grew up hating, solve the mystery of Marcus' murder, and become a superhero himself.

Rogue Sun is the second ongoing in the Massive-Verse, and the character Rogue Sun (Marcus' version) debuted in a one-shot formally launching the universe, Supermassive.


Tropes applying to Rogue Sun:

  • Abusive Parents: Marcus' dad was abusive, and even once hit his wife while still using the Rogue Sun powers.
  • The Cameo: The first issue features a cameo by Radiant Black in a splash page showing events to come.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: New Orleans' citizens are so used to Rogue Sun fighting supervillains, and have enough trust in him, that they just don't really react to it anymore. They just know to stay out of the general area he's fighting in, and Rogue Sun will handle the threat.
  • Create Your Own Villain:
    • Marcus essentially created the villain who eventually killed him through his horrible behaviour to Gwen and refusal to stay out of Dylan's life.
    • Dylan himself does this when he critically injures one of Suave's henchmen, leading to the henchman's son, Hunter, gaining powers and swearing vengeance as the supervillain Hellbent.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dylan's first bout against Hellbent is very one-sided, ending with the latter crushing most of the Rogue Sun armour and only leaving Dylan alive because the demon who empowered him wants something from Dylan.
  • Death by Origin Story: Dylan inherits his powers specifically because Marcus died, and his story revolves around trying to find out who killed his father.
  • First-Episode Twist: The first issue ends with Marcus' spirit revealing himself to Dylan.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Brock Bell is really mad that his father left the Sun Stone to Dylan, and wants it. However, he doesn't actually do anything about that, since his dad dying is what occupies him.
    • Gwen Siegel is jealous of Marcus' new family, and has a long-simmering resentment of him for leaving her and Dylan.
  • Happily Married: Marcus is almost always portrayed as abrasive, rude and a Jerkass, usually being distant at best such as with his children. The one person we see him have a warm and loving relationship with is his second wife, Juliette.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Dylan's debut as Rogue Sun sees him fly into and bounce off of walls in an alley. The criminals he's fighting are not impressed, to say the least.
  • Hybrid Power: The second issue opens with Dylan facing a werewolf-vampire hybrid who effortlessly defeats him. The only thing that saves Dylan from death is a timely sunrise that scares the hybrid away.
  • I Take Offence to That Last One: When Vanessa tells Dylan that she's mad at him for being a bully and an asshole, he denies being a bully.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: When Marcus left Gwen and Dylan, she told herself that he was doing it for her their protection. She was disabused of that belief when she learned Marcus had remarried.
  • Kick the Dog: When Aurie tries to tell Dylan that Marcus would leave the people he loved to protect them, Dylan just replies that it's what a deadbeat dad would say. That same issue, after she's helped him deal with a werewolf and asks if her father's spirit is with him, and Marcus tells Dylan to tell her he's not there, Dylan tells her that Marcus told him to tell her he's not there.
  • Knight in Sour Armour:
    • Despite the knight motif, Marcus is a standoffish douche who talks down to others and assumes every new super-person is a bad guy from another dimension. He punches first and asks questions later, and, according to his murderer, he died alone with no allies by his own hand.
    • Dylan is even worse. He's an angry teenager who refuses to listen to reason, will insult pretty much everyone and sometimes needs to be egged into protecting the innocent.
  • Legacy Character: Dylan inherits the powers and mantle of Rogue Sun from Marcus, who himself inherited them from his father.
  • Like Father, Like Son: As much as he denies it, it is very quickly made clear how much Dylan is like his dad. He's a Jerkass, likes to pick fights and has trouble with relationships.
  • Monster of the Week: Like most modern Kamen Rider, a tokusatsu franchise Ryan Parrott is a fan of, new monsters usually feature for a few instalments (issues, in this case), sometimes only one. The only villains who've lasted longer than that are Marcus' murderer and Suave. Examples include:
    • Billy Bludmoon, a werewolf-bat who mostly serves as a way for Dylan and Aurie to interact.
    • Finnegan Root, a primordial witch doctor who Brock talks to, and facilitates Dylan bonding with his half-brother.
    • Demonika, an emotional vampire unleashed by Aurie to take the Sun Stone, and the reason why the murderer reappears.
    • Lord Viathan, a sea monster who's just there for Dylan to punch while dealing with another, bigger threat.
    • Ornate, the above mentioned more serious threat, whose time-based powers justify the choose your own adventure format of issue #7.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Because Marcus died in the Rogue Sun armour, his spirit remained with it. Whenever Dylan uses the powers, Marcus can speak to and appear before him.
  • Parental Favouritism: Marcus chose Dylan as his successor because he assumes whoever killed him was close to him and would know who his successor would be, and he loves his two other kids, Aurie and Brock, and didn't want to put them in danger. That left Dylan to be his successor by default specifically because he didn't love him.
  • Parental Neglect:
    • Dylan was estranged from Marcus for 15 years prior to the start of the series. It's eventually revealed that for some reason, he wanted to be involved in Dylan's life again, and Gwen not wanting this is what led to his murder.
    • Marcus apparently had a habit of this with the Bell family as well. However, he told his daughter that this was because of his Rogue Sun duties, even revealing his identity to her because she was upset that he missed her eighth birthday party, and she at least grew to understand compared to Dylan.
  • Pet the Dog: After learning that Brock resents him for getting the Sun Stone and not caring about it, Dylan tells Brock that he's just keeping it warm until Brock is old enough. While it's to get Brock to calm down, nothing Dylan does indicates he won't hand it over to Brock one day.
  • Pun-Based Title: Rogue Sun stars the wayward and estranged son of the prior superhero to go by Rogue Sun.
  • Rescue Romance: Marcus and Gwen's relationship began after he saved her from a traffic accident... then immediately asked for her number.
  • The Resenter:
    • While she acts mature about Marcus' passing and tells Dylan to do the same, Gwen resented that he left her and was jealous of his new family.
    • Aurie eventually feels this way about Dylan being Rogue Sun. She starts out all too willing to help him learn the ropes, but after he continually acts like an asshole to her and everyone else, and makes clear he has no respect for his powers, and goes as far as to use her dead dad against her, Aurie has enough and enacts a plan to take the Sun Stone from Dylan.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Marcus makes it clear that, due to his powers, Gwen cannot stop him from visiting Dylan. This comes back to bite him in a big way.
  • Secret-Keeper:
    • Gwen knew that Marcus was Rogue Sun and assumed he left her and Dylan to keep them safe.
    • Marcus' family knew he was Rogue Sun, and his kids are eager to inherit the mantle. His wife, Juliette, and daughter, Aurie, even helped him with his work and have knowledge about his powers and magical artefacts.
    • Apparently, Marcus knew the identity of Suave, a supervillain robber.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Dylan and Aurie look very similar to their father, Marcus, while Brock takes after his mother, Juliette.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: Marcus' will specifically names Dylan as his successor as Rogue Sun, and Dylan accepts it after some hesitance.
  • Unreliable Expositor: At one point, Gwen and Marcus go off about each other's faults and why their marriage collapsed, in the form of ranting at Dylan. Gwen says Marcus is a thief, while Dylan says Gwen always thought he was cheating on her. Neither has any actual evidence to back this up, and is mostly trying to insult the other to Dylan.
  • Vampiric Werewolf: Issue #2's Villain of the Week is Billy Bludmoon, who comes from a clan of vampire-werewolf hybrids.
  • Wham Shot: Issue #4 sees the green cloaked figure who killed Marcus take off their mask... it's Gwen.
  • World of Jerkass: Almost everyone in the main cast turns out to be some kind of Jerkass by the end of the first arc. Some are manipulative, some are selfish, some are mean-spirited, and some do terrible things. It's only Juliette who doesn't qualify as one at any point in the first arc.