Creator/Artist/Writer/Letterer Daniel Warren Johnson
Color Mike Spicer
Letterer Russ Wootan
Assist. Editor Arielle Basich
Editor Sean Mackiewicz
Cover Daniel Warren Johnson & Mike Spicer
Ever try so hard at something your passionate and skilled at and things just don’t work out? You work your fingers to the bone for one goal, bring in people of common interest and no matter how hard the collective effort is it sometimes just doesn’t work out. If any of you reading this are aspiring artists that can relate, particularly metal musicians, Murder Falcon is the comic for you.
Murder Falcon follows a guitar player named Jake, pulling into a disaster scene where a monster is attacking. Bullets doing nothing to it, the police look at Jake like he’s a madman when he pulls out a guitar to fight the beast. With one mighty strum of his ax, Murder Falcon is summoned, and with the power of metal, all evil shall be vanquished. The issue then cuts to events prior to the battle, where we learn about Jake and his struggles as a musician that has yet to hit the big to put it extremely lightly. Dependant on living off of music that he himself doesn’t even have faith in. Turning down jamming session opportunities with old bandmate because of guilt he feels about a previous incid
ent with his band.
Returning to his home for some rest for the day, Jake is attacked by a mysterious creature when he’s knocked into his old, broken guitar. He picks it up to defend himself conventionally when, miraculously, it repairs in his hands and Murder Falcon appears before him in a crash of lightning. Immediately the monster attacks our cybernetic savior. The only way for him to have a chance is for Jake to play some metal on his guitar. In disbelief, Jake gives it a shot and Murder Falcon springs into action with a new found surge of power. Swiftly defeating his adversary and absolutely blowing Jake’s mind. Reinspiring the musician to take his weapon of sound once more.
Needless to say, I’m immediately a fanboy for this series, it resonates with me on so many levels its staggering. This writer does very well to capture the hopelessness of being an upstart musician, and in tandem with his intrinsic connection to how electrifying and jumpstarting metal can make us feel. Personified by the title character Murder Falcon himself. I heavily encourage picking this up. It’s a good first issue and who knows? You may fall in love as I did.