Comic Book Review: Falcon #8
I don’t think dire begins to cover what obstacles Falcon has been facing with this revenge scheme put into motion by Mephisto. Mephisto could have sent all kinds of threats his way, but vampires were one heck of a way to knock him outside of his comfort zone. Especially when dealing with vampires usually means worrying about those closest to you. Even then, that only scratches the surface of what Falcon and company have to worry about.
The urgency could be felt this issue when neither Patriot or Falcon were safe. On one hand Falcon was fighting way more vampires than he could handle at once, then you have Patriot who is pretty much defenseless despite still being super. Not very ideal when the problem is bloodsuckers. Nonetheless, what made this chapter exciting was seeing how equipped Falcon is for this kind of situation. Normally you would think he’d be done for quite easily in spite of his combat skills. There’s only so much you can handle being human. However, the way he utilized fire and his wing made for one heck of a spectacle. Now what mattered most here was how far he was willing to go to protect Misty and Patriot. That said a lot about the kind of hero they are building him up to be. Even when it came to Blade confronting him on his feelings for Misty, that was exactly what we needed to see how serious he was taking this opportunity to make things work this time around.
His writing along with Patriots was handled very well when this is a series where it is important to capture the importance of the hero behind the mask. It wasn’t once forgotten that they are people who have desires, ambitions, and more to them than a title or reputation.
Misty and Blade together so far has gone how you would imagine between Misty showing why she is very good at this line of work, and why everything tends to be intense when dealing who Blade. He doesn’t make it easy working with him, and that was interesting how even now that could be a problem for him considering he still has feelings for Misty. Since this problem required having someone who likes to kill and ask questions later, it was that much easier to appreciate Misty when she could be the voice of reason.
For a villain, I did think that Deacon Frost could have been better, though you also are left with the reality that there’s not too much to expect from vampires. They are creatures of habit, and that is what usually brings about their doom from the very start of their plans. In Deacon’s case, it was overestimating his own ability and underestimating what everyone else was capable of. Now with that said, that didn’t mean there were some moments thrown in here and there where the fear sank in that they could win in some way. This wouldn’t be the first time that a fan favorite character was turned.
What caught me off guard more than anything else this story arc, was just how brutal the action was. Reading a book like Falcon, you tend to expect some heroics that are more by the book, yet here they threw the book out of the window. That is where the gritty art style of Joshua Cassara benefited most. I mean this could have even been your average fight with vampires where they are all being staked, but that was not the case here. For the most part I would say that these vampires were dismembered and mutilated. I’m not arguing of course because this art team got very creative with the way they went about stripping the humanity from this confrontation. As for colors, Rachelle Rosenberg did excellent with her balance of warm and cold colors. The warmer colors made the heroes stand out, while the cold colors consumed the swarm of vampires, but both shades of color meshed beautifully into the other.
Falcon #8 brings this vampiric adventure to a close, as well as Mephisto’s response to what was really a big hit to his ego. This series continues to stand out for the ability to think outside the box in dangers a hero like Falcon can face, strike a balance between who the characters are in costume and outside of it, while also addressing the importance of having a stable supporting cast.