When you strive so much for piece, sometimes forces beyond your understanding work against you. That’s the situation Sam Wilson and Rayshaun Lucas as they fight to end Chicago’s gang war.
Written By: Rodney Barnes
Art By: Joshua Cassara
Color Art By: Rachelle Rosenburg
Lettered By: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Previously On Falcon:
Reassuming his Falcon identity after being Captain America, Sam Wilson and his new partner Patriot, new one not the old one, have begun to work the streets of Chicago in an effort to stop the gang violence causing the deaths of many innocents and the gang members themselves. Along the way they try and bring peace to both sides when it is revealed that Dray, leader of the African-American gang in chi-town, is a servant of Black Heart, son of Mephisto, who is possessing the mayor. Now as the city is at war between the police and the gangs, Falcon, and Patriot must save the day before it’s too late.
After last issue where Mayor Agnew/Black Heart ordered the arrest of our heroes and dispatched Doctor Voodoo, the mayor now pays a visit to Sam and Rayshaun in their cell. After attempting to recruit them for his takeover of earth and then trying to kill them in response to their answer, our heroes escape along with the return of the thought dead Doctor Voodoo and set their sights on finishing off their enemy when that enemy turns the tide in an unexpected way.
Opinions and Such:
This issue felt really short. That’s not to say it’s bad its written very well. It just feels like a short instalment on a monthly series when you come in expecting a lot from a series that had done so well so far. What continues to impress is writer Rodney Barnes’ callbacks and slight adds to Sam’s past with the death of his uncle, and the several lessons taught to him by his father. The one used in this issue is executed fairly well. Hopefully Falcon’s cup isn’t empty yet. What can’t help be loved also is the notes to black culture that make this seem more real. More natural as a book about two black superheroes. Makes you want it to be Falcon & Patriot similar to Batman and Robin that way these two could be that dynamic duo of the Marvel universe.
The art is still very impressive. Joshua Cassara fits this series so well and one can only hope that he stays on long term. The style he brings to the table can seem simplistic at times but then astounds you with the almost rough painting that you’d see on a city wall that makes you want to keep seeing it.