Comic Book Review: Falcon #2
The adventure of Falcon and Patriot kicks off in an interesting way when these two find that taking the fight to the streets can be easier said than done. This again is the story that we need from a hero like Falcon who has a lot to offer in terms of being a person of color and his perspective in protecting the small people over always looking to save the world. There is no better book to invest in right now than those that are bold enough to tackle real problems that real people face.
Picking up from the disaster that broke loose when Falcon tried to broker peace between the two rival gangs, the intensity of the situation didn’t let up. Seeing how wrong things could go in this moment was a great test of character for one like Falcon. Does he crumble under the weight of the situation? Does he let the anger of being betrayed fuel his next actions? Those are just a few questions that take form from the brutality shown to us in these pages. The sense of urgency was cranked up from here and that was leading us to the answer we needed. How Falcon handled himself here was exactly what we needed to see from him. They found the right moment to answer what kind of hero he wanted to be when it came to being a superhero and someone fighting on the right side of the law.
The involvement of Doctor Voodoo was anticipated when you know that this is a supernatural problem. Seeing him again like this is exciting because he deserves much more appearances, and its the more creative decision to make than to use Doctor Strange again as if he is the only one competent in magic. How they even took this a step further impressed me more considering his help went beyond the need for magic on their side. Jericho is a man with wisdom which they let flow through some empowering dialogue between himself and Falcon.
One thing that they tackled very well was what happens when violence on this scale breaks loose. It’s not not the gangs that you have to worry about, it is everyone else as well. In our own world, a big problem we face is when we bring destruction and harm to each other instead of trying to take steps forward in progress. And when a riot like this happens in a city like Chicago? That is normally the time you start praying that it isn’t the end of the world. Through a lot of this issue that didn’t involve Blackheart, they kept one foot on reality which is what engages us more than anything else.
Blackheart as the villain here I have to say is intriguing. The demon prince and son of Mephisto is not a villain you see too often these days. Definitely thinking outside the box when you would expect someone more notable in the world of gangs, kingpins, and crime lords. He shakes things up when you have a force from beyond this world that thrives on the chaos that he has now created between these gangs. Just from our first real moments with Blackheart they made the statement that he wasn’t there for petty reason, so you had to wonder what the grand scheme may be. Especially when they put the time into also contrasting the desires of someone like him to your average human who is consumed by greed. That is not to say his desire compared to other powerful beings isn’t predictable, but the reason for doing so is refreshing. It matters a lot in the long run that we got to understand his motivations even if they are way out there.
For this issue it felt like Joshua Cassara really found his footing, which I should say is faster than most when it comes to a new book. There was more form to the things he drew between people, things, scenery and so forth. Plenty more detail as well that you could appreciate when he was capturing the chaos on the streets, the monstrous form of Blackheart, and the cosmic world beyond Earth. The look of Blackheart in particular I admired. Cassara didn’t make him look human at all like some others would. He made this look his own and it is more favorable when that look is consistent throughout. The exploration of his motives was the most appealing visual for this issue. It came out of nowhere, yet at the same time grabs you because of how well both Cassara and Rachelle Rosenberg pull off that cosmic effect. For Rosenberg in particular you took notice of the way she applies warm and cold colors during key moments. Warm colors when highlighting the danger of this riot, and cold colors when capturing that out-of-body experience Blackheart shared with Dray. It even worked when looking at the way she used an overlay at certain points to set the atmosphere and tone.
‘Take Flight’ part 2 wasted little time addressing the villainous motives behind this riot that may just eat Chicago from the inside out. A lot happened in just one issue which you didn’t expect for it being the second. Momentum is key right now and they are taking full advantage of what that produces in a story that is fast and to the point.