Rex Zorus

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Rex Zorus
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AstroFacts


Status: Active
Real Name: Rex Zorus; Tyranos Rex; Rex Majestros
Origin: March 1972 as shown in Astro City: The Dark Age Book One #2
Affiliation: First Family
Base of Operations: Currently: First Family's Headquarters

Prior to joining First Family: Monstro City(assumed)

Range of Operations: International, interplanetary, intergalactic and inter-dimensional


Personal Data


Relatives: Natalie Furst (Wife)

Astra Furst (Daughter)
Madame Majestrix (Mother)

Date of Birth: (estimate) late 1950s
Civil Status: married
Height: (estimated): 6' 3"
Weight: (estimated): 500 lbs


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Headlines: July 9, 1986: Rex and Natalie: It's A Girl!
Appearances (in Publication Order): Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.1 #4, 6

Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.2 #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 20
Astro City: The Dark Age Book One #2, 3, 4
Astro City: Samaritan #1
Astro City: The Dark Age Book Two #1, 3, 4
Astro City: The Dark Age Book Three #1, 3, 4
Astro City: Astra Special #1, 2
Astro City: The Dark Age Book Four #3
Astro City: Silver Agent #2


Event Timeline

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A reptilian super-being, possessing a hard exterior body structure and tremendous strength, Rex is the son of Madame Majestrix, one of the greatest enemies of the First Family and the Queen of Monstro City. Rex is a prince of Monstro City.

History

Rex is a second generation member of the First Family, sharing adventures with the group as early as 1973. He developed a strong attraction to one of the members, Natalie First, this in turn motivated him to spend a great deal of time with them before officially joining the team later on. The First Family had strong affections for Rex as well. Disgusted with how the government wanted to imprison (and probably intrusively study) Rex, the First Family self-exiled themselves to their orbiting space station, Outpost F.

His marriage to Natalie occurred sometime in 1979, the exact date not disclosed. The location of the marriage is not disclosed either, but the one panel showing the wedding ceremony suggests that it is probably the First Family's Headquarters, on Mount Kirby. His in-laws, Julius Furst and Augustus Furst are easily recognized in the background, along with a couple of shrouded figures who are obviously of the same species as Rex. There are other colorful characters, but the shadows keep their identities a pleasant, yet frustrating mystery.


Not much is known about his mother or their emotional relationship with each other. In 1972, he led an army of Madame Majestrix's Monster Troops in an attack that was rebuffed by the First Family. A few years later, we witness a battle that Rex fought against her and alongside the First Family for possession of the Gemension Jewel. Shortly after that, a species called the Trenchers invaded Rex's underwater homelands, forcing the citizens to flee further into the oceans depths leaving Monstro City abandoned and in ruins. For years, Monstro City remained in a state of ruins and abandonment. Its current condition is unknown.

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Physical traits suggests a city-smart, rough New York Bronx bawdiness. In fact, a certain coarse, direct approach to people and situations has been demonstrated. His approach in battle is fists and muscle. He is a quick-thinker, never hesitating at taking charge and directing the scope of a battle in complex scenarios.

In non-battle situations, other traits can be readily observed. As mentioned earlier, he is a royal family member, and heir-apparent to the throne of Monstro City. So a certain sophistication and upper-class mannerisms should be assumed. On the other hand, his culture has traits of a warrior-based social hierarchy.


Speculations, Theories

One of his preferred drinking establishment is Bruiser's, and his uncle-in-law, Julius Furst, usually accompanies him there. Given his noble heritage, it is assumed he can dress the part for more posh eating establishments like Butlers as well, but since he can't conceal his identify, he rarely ventures there.

The naming convention of Western civilization differs from that of Monstro City, and adapting Rex's name to fit it is no precise science. He has alternately been called Rex Zorus, Tyranos Rex, and Rex Majestros, and all three are valid titles.




Issues Of Interest

Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.2 No.2 Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.2 No.3 Astro City: The Dark Age Book One No.1