Created by multi-hyphenate Daniel Warren Johnson, Murder Falcon tells the tale of Jake, a down-on-his-luck musician who is ready to hang up his ax for good. His life is pretty much in the dumps, and that's not to mention the monsters that have come from seemingly out of nowhere and invaded our world. It's during one of these monster encounters that Jake meets Murder Falcon, a martial arts-wielding, metal-loving being of awesomeness that has come from a place called the Heavy to protect the world from these monsters using the power of metal.
Johnson has said that this is a book that combines many of his life-long passions, and as a fan of many of the same things, it all hits home rather perfectly for me. There's so much nostalgia for the good, old days of listening to some heavy music and being awesome. This book is the epitome of that feeling, of getting pumped up and letting the adrenaline run wild.
Joining Johnson are colorist Mike Spicer and letterer Rus Wooton who complete the wild world of Murder Falcon and form a hard-hitting trio of excellent creators. While Johnson is absolutely the driving force of this series, the triumvirate of talented creators puts this series over the top.
The artwork is overflowing with energy, as well, with major action sequences and some pretty awesome-looking lightning bolts and effects. To top it all off, the visual representation of classic metal is full of love and passion, and a full homage to all of the best things about action, great music, and impressive storytelling.
Read this book, if only for the name. Seriously, it's the best comic book series name in the history of comic book series names. This book is as exaggerated as it looks, but there's nothing wrong with that.
Creative Team: Daniel Warren Johnson (creator/writer/artist), Mike Spicer (colors), Rus Wooton (letters)
Publisher: Image Comics
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