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"Murder Falcon #7" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics / Skybound Entertainment

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Written and illustrated by Daniel Warren Johnson
Colored by Mike Spicer
Lettered by Rus Wooton
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 10th, 2019

Review:

Magnum Khaos has hit Jake and the band hard and he's not done yet. He's gathering his Veldar monsters for a big assault, but Brooticus is not going down without a fight. They've got backup in Japan in the form of an orchestra powering huge attack vehicles, not unlike how the band's instruments call forth beasts like Murder Falcon. As Jake lies bleeding, Magnum Khaos hits him with a devastating psychological attack. If Jake doesn't pick up his guitar, the battle will be over before it starts.

The emotional journey of Murder Falcon has been nothing short of incredible. We've all been in a position where we feel like giving up. Jake has been in that spot more than most after his life was torn apart by cancer. He found the strength to stand up and that's what he needs to gather once again if he hopes to stop Magnum Khaos and save the world. That's a lot of pressure to put on a down-and-out metalhead.

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The scenes in Jake's head are shown in a brighter hue. Colorist Mike Spicer differentiates these images with an almost blinding light, as if Jake is about to enter the pearly gates. These sequences appear in nothing but whites and very light reds, washing out the other colors to create a peaceful landscape.

Then there's Magnum Khaos, who is the complete opposite of peaceful. This is an absolute monster made of muscle, teeth, and eyes. He sort of resembles a person, but without anything that would make him human. This is just the tip of the iceberg in Murder Falcon. Writer / artist Daniel Warren Johnson continues to outdo himself with some of the best artwork in comics today and the monsters are just part of it.

The level of detail in these images is astonishing. This world feels lived in. There's an apartment building halfway through the issue that is not just a block of windows, Johnson draws in little details for each level, making you think about the different people that could live there. This is just a brief moment in the book, but it all adds up.

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The action sequences in Murder Falcon are second to none with some of the biggest, most bombastic fight scenes ever put to paper. They're powered by music and you can practically hear the soundtrack booming as these folks ride into battle. The Japanese orchestra has a pretty unique ally in this fight and it's so very awesome when it all comes together. Just when you thought this book couldn't get any cooler, something like this happens.

Johnson has a real talent for storytelling as well. He goes all in for these huge action scenes, but it's the smaller, somber moments that cut right to the heart. These amplify the bigger sequences, adding so much more weight to them. We're invested in Jake's life so when he finds the courage and strength to stand up again, I was practically jumping for joy.

Murder Falcon is awesome. It's bursting at the seams with intense action, incredible artwork, and some of the most compelling character stories I've seen in recent memory. Throw up the devil horns and dig into this book. You will not be disappointed.

Grades:

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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