Rex is a reptilian super-being, possessing a hard exterior body structure and tremendous strength. He is the son of Madame Majestrix, one of the greatest enemies of the First Family and the Queen of Monstro City. Rex is married to Natalie Furst and father of Astra Furst. Rex is a prince of Monstro City.
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Marriage occurred in 1979, exact date not disclosed. Location of marriage not disclosed either, but the one panel showing the wedding ceremony suggests that it might be the First Family's Headquarters, Mount Kirby. His in-laws, Julius Furst and Augustus Furst are 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, but frustrating mystery.
Rex is a second generation member of the First Family, but detailed information on when he joined is yet to be published. Based on the family structured of the team, it would be assumed that he was officially linked after marrying Natalie. But it is also easy to assume that he was involved in First Family adventures during his courtship period. How long that might have been is also open to conjecture.
Not much is known about his mother or their emotional relationship with each other. Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol. 2 #2 references a battle that Rex fought against her and alongside the First Family for possession of the Gemension Jewel. The time of that battle is estimated to be in the mid-70s. Shortly after that, a species called the Trenchers invaded, forcing the citizens to flee further into the oceans depths leaving Monstro City abandoned and in ruins. Circa the later half of 1996, Monstro City remained in a state of ruins and abandonment. Its current condition unknown.
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-thinking, nor does he hesitate 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 race is a somewhat savage, warrior-based social hierarchy.
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 Butlers as well, but since he can't conceal his identify he rarely if ever attends 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.
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