"Murder Falcon #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics / Skybound Entertainment
Written and illustrated by Daniel Warren Johnson
Colored by Mike Spicer
Lettered by Daniel Warren Johnson and Rus Wooton
2028, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 14th, 2018
Jake has joined forces with the fierce Murder Falcon to stop the monsters that have started attacking our planet. They're doing this with the power of metal. The more Jake plays, the stronger Murder Falcon gets and the more monsters he can beat up. The threat is getting bigger, so they need to increase their forces. They need a bassist. Fortunately, Jake was in a band and can call on his old buddy Johann.
I friggin' love Murder Falcon. This book is an absolute blast. This issue continues at the high bar set with the debut chapter. It starts off with this awesomely absurd concept where you get images of this big, muscular bird man with a robot arm calmly eating lunch with two dudes at a dinner and builds to a journey into the underworld to find a magical bass.
Daniel Warren Johnson's artwork is nothing short of incredible. He is easily one of the best artists working in the industry today. Every single page is stunning, particularly the action scenes. The images have this intensity to them, like you can practically see them moving across the page. When a battle begins, you need to strap yourself in because you're in for a wild ride.
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Johnson weaves the sound effects into the artwork itself, which adds to the action. This brings so much to the overall experience. For example, when a monster attacks, it lets out a massive roar which surrounds the characters as they run for cover. It makes it feel closer and more dangerous with this claustrophobic quality.
The monsters are as varied and intricate as ever. They're this weird cross of bugs and kaiju, with bulging blisters of who knows what. They're disgusting in every sense of the word. Colorist Mike Spicer gives them an eerie, unnatural hue to start with, but their insides are even more so. When Murder Falcon tears into one of these things, they explode with a fiery green liquid that really pops on the page.
As gross / awesome as that is, the glimpse we get of the big bad at the end of the issue is even better. This is something else and I can't wait to see what this thing can do. It's made of muscle, eyeballs, and teeth as only Daniel Warren Johnson can create. Oh man, this is going to be so awesome. Letterer Rus Wooton underscores the monstrous quality of this guy with jagged and brutal word balloons and font.
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All of this is great. If all we got out of Murder Falcon was a story of a guy and his anthropomorphic bird friend fighting monsters with music, it would be a solid read. What amplifies this book is the incredible examination of loss and grief. Jake has not yet gotten over the death of someone very close to him. It shook him to his core. This is a broken man that hasn't been able to put the pieces back together yet.
We don't know the full details of this just yet, but we can make some connections based on the flashes we get. Johnson doesn't spell it out for us. Instead, these powerful images are shown in moments of weakness and they explain everything. They hit with the strength of one of Murder Falcon's punches and they can take the wind right out of you. This is what elevates this comic to the highest levels.
Murder Falcon is a damn near perfect comic. No, I'm going to change that. It's definitely a perfect comic. It has everything you'd want from a book from awesome action, jaw-dropping artwork, and compelling characters. It's all powered by metal, so throw up the horns and read the hell out of this comic.