Sunburst of StormWatch


(Karl Hansen)


Sunburst appeared in 1993, not long after the launch of Image Comics. For more context, you should check our Stormwatch organisation profile.

As you can expect from an early Stormwatch character with that name, he’s a generic fire-themed super-hero.


  • Real Name: Karl Hansen.
  • Marital Status: Married.
  • Known Relatives: Nautika (Wife).
  • Group Affiliation: Original StormWatch Prime.
  • Base Of Operations: Skywatch, then grounded.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 193 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


Powers and Abilities

Sunburst is a Seedling (Mutant) whose powers allows him to absorb heat and project fire bursts.

He also could:

  • Surround his body in an aura of heat.
  • Create updrafts and control them to fly at high speed.
  • Form a fire barrier hot enough to destroy a air-to-air missile before it reaches its target.


He’s Swedish and both his parents were professors. We don’t know when Sunburst joined StormWatch. He was a full member of the original StormWatch Prime, along with his future wife Nautika. He married Nautika just before their tragic mission in Kuwait.

During the Gulf War, he, Flashpoint and Nautika were captured by the MERCs. But the rest of StormWatch Prime (namely Battalion and Backlash) thought they died in an explosion. In fact, the prisoners were sent to Gamorra, where the Daemonite Lord Defile brainwashed them to make them double agents.

They were freed by StormWatch 1. Afterward, Sunburst started fighting Defile’s conditioning. He started to has strange dreams about what had been done to them and where it would lead them.


Double agents?

After their release, their trial of fire was the exposure of Defile’s plan to bomb historical monuments worldwide. Since they worked out well together, Battalion estimated they were combat ready again, and arranged to team the three of them together. Nevertheless, the missions they were given involved more investigation than actual combat.

When Flashpoint went on a personal crusade to settle the score with the MERCs he and Nautika were sent by Synergy to arrest him. They stopped him just before he could get the story of their own capture from Deathtrap.

In the ’Wildstorm Rising‘ episode, Nautika and Sunburst revealed Defile’s influence when they betrayed their team-mates. They followed Spartan in the Kherubim ship to take control of it. But Sunburst managed to break Defile’s control, so the Daemonite ordered Nautika to neutralize him.

Sunburst left the scene crippled and unable to walk again. Nautika left it with the memory of crippling her husband. Sunburst felt in hard depression and self contempt.


After that, they followed heavy medical treatments to be cleared of Defile’s influence. And Nautika managed to give back his confidence to her husband. He could not walk, but he could still fly and fight.

When Bendix reorganized the team after ’Fire From Heaven’, Sunburst and Nautika were removed from active duty to be Tactical Combat Analysts.

Fahrenheit later called upon their knowledge in explosives to solve the murder of the former StormWatch rookie Undertow.


Sunburst is a strong tall Swedish blue eyed, blond archetype. He wears an orange spandex body glove with a yellow star shining on his left breast and the StormWatch symbol on his right shoulder.

After the Wildstorm Rising episode, he was crippled, unable to walk again.


Usually, he’s cool tempered. His detention in Gamorra for several years has deeply affected him. He displayed mental disarray due to the fighting of Defile’s conditioning.

After being crippled by his wife, Nautika under the spell of Defile, he suffered form depression. Though Nautika turned out with a scheme that successfully brought back his self confidence.

He’s a team player, and the unspoken mutual trust he shared with Flashpoint has saved the bravo’s butt more than once. Somehow, Flashpoint behaved better while teaming with his original StormWatch Prime team-mates.


“But do you have any idea what you hold, Cannon ? You hold fire ! You hold light ! You hold the Sun ! You hold your doom !”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 06 Motivation: Responsibility of Power
Int: 08 Wil: 09 Min: 05 Occupation : StormWatch Officer
Inf: 07 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth} : 10
Init: 022 HP: 045

Flight: 08, Energy Absorption: 10, Flame Project: 15, Flame Being: 09, Force Shield: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Energy Absorption is limited to heat and flames.
  • The Flame Immunity component of Flame Being is Always On (+1).
  • Using Force Shield forfeits his Dice action for the round (-1).

Detective: 06, Military Science (Demolitions): 06, Vehicles: 05

Credentials (UN, Medium), Language (Swedish).

UN (Low – from Credentials), StormWatch (High), Nautika (High).

Dependant (Nautika, 0 pt), CPR (Wheelchair bound, after Wildstorm Rising), SPI (Depression, after Wildstorm Rising), MPI (flashbacks, before Wildstorm Rising).

By Nicolas Lemaçon.

Source of Character: Images Comics (Wildstorm Universe).

Helper(s): Philip Mason, Sébastien Andrivet.