The Image Superhero Universe Expands With ‘Supermassive’ One-Shot And Then ‘Rogue Sun’ Ongoing

by Olly MacNamee

Image Comics have announced a new ongoing, Rogue Sun, spinning out of Supermassive, a one-shot crossover comic coming in February 2022.

Supermassive will be produced by writers Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott and Mat Groom along with artist Francesco Manna. While Rogue Sun will be written by Parrott and illustrated by artists Abel and Chris O’Halloran.

Higgins spoke with website io9 all about the collaboration which will bring about this all new series:

“The best part of making comic books is the collaboration. My favorite part is when that collaboration is with your friends. From Power Rangers to Ultraman, Mat, Ryan and I have done quite a bit of world building together. All of which feels a bit like a warmup act for what we’re building now. To echo Mat’s sentiment — there’s a reason we’re calling this Supermassive. Thirty years ago, Image changed the superhero game. This February, we’re excited to help kick off the next stage of where creator owned superheroes can go.”

Groom added:

“There’s a tremendous freedom that comes with doing creator-owned comics. But that freedom comes with a responsibility — to experiment, to swing for the fences… and maybe even to encourage people to rethink where the fence should be. I think anybody who has been reading Radiant Black can attest to the fact that Kyle and Marcelo have been living up to this responsibility — and I see Supermassive as not only continuing this, but escalating it dramatically. There’s a reason we gave it that name!”

Cover A by Declan Shalvey

Manna said also:

“One of the things I love most in the world of comics is the feeling between creators working on a project. It’s a synergy that drives every story and every page to its best. That’s what brings Kyle, Mat and I together again for this Supermassive story.”

Rogue Sun marks Parrot’s first work with Image Comics, having written over 50 issues of Power Rangers. He had this to say for this new project and his first original super hero creation:

“I was thirteen when Image Comics was born and I remember collecting every single one of those founding series. So the idea that thirty years later, I’d add a character to the ranks and become a part of this legacy is more than a dream come true. To me, the beauty of the original Image shared superhero universe was that it was modern, accessible and free from the weight of massive corporate oversight. It felt like it was just a bunch of friends telling stories together and we wanted Supermassive to encapsulate that same spirit.”

Cover B by Goñi Montes

So, what’s the book all about?

“Next, Rogue Sun kicks 2022 into high gear when rebellious teenager Dylan Siegel discovers that the late superhero Rogue Sun was his estranged father, Marcus—and that he’s inherited his father’s mantle. Tasked with protecting our world from the forces of the supernatural—and solving his father’s murder—Dylan will be forced to come to terms with the man he’s spent the majority of his life hating. This new ongoing series is a supernatural murder mystery that explores the complicated bond between father and son and cements itself squarely in a corner of the Image Comics superhero universe.” 

Cover C 1:10 copy incentive by Abe

But, before that we’ll be getting Supermassive and the Image Comics debut of Inferno Girl Red (originally a Kickstarter project) and the first appearance of the eponymous Rogue Sun. As well as Radiant Black, of course. So look out for Supermassive one-shot will be available at on Wednesday, February 2nd with Rogue Sun #1 coming out on Wednesday, February 16th. And you can check out a first look now:

Cover D 1:25 copy incentive by Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover E 1:50 copy incentive by Booth

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