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"Murder Falcon #8" 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 May 8th, 2019

Review:

It's all come to this. The dread Magnum Khaos has surrounded the Horn of the Dead with a wall of worm monsters. Brooticus, aided by the Tokyo Philharmonic Warriors, must play the set of their lives if they hope to stop this monster and save the world.

Just in case you didn't know by now, Murder Falcon is the most metal comic ever created. Its final issue seals the deal in a big, explosive way. Writer / artist Daniel Warren Johnson takes us on this epic journey as Jake, the lead guitarist for Brooticus, faces every obstacle that's put him down over the years, including the Big C, and still chooses to stand up. Granted, he's joined by a warrior birdman with a robot arm, so that helps.

Every page of Murder Falcon is crackling with energy. You can imagine a booming soundtrack pulsing within each panel. This isn't some John Williams stuff. We're talking good old-fashioned metal. The first half deals with the larger forces on both sides as the giant monsters of Brooticus attack the huge worm creatures of Magnum Khaos. I know there's a Godzilla movie coming out this summer, but Murder Falcon #8 has the kaiju match of the year.

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Johnson's artwork is next level. He fills his images with such an impressive amount of detail that you can just pore over them for ages. They practically feel like they're moving. You know those really intense moments in action movies? Where the music swells and some big, game-changing attack is unleashed? That's like every page in Murder Falcon.

The action and excitement in Johnson's pencils is amplified by Mike Spicer's colors. This is a unique world where anything can happen and that definitely comes out in the palette used. Spicer can instantly convey a tone in a scene, from foreboding with the blood red appearance of Magnum Khaos to a glimmer of hope in Murder Falcon's metal wings.

This incredible energy is matched by a whole lot of heart. It would be one thing to have a great battle between giant monsters, particularly if Johnson was drawing it. What makes Murder Falcon stand out is the strength of the characters, most notably Jake. He's been through so much in his life that you can't help but root for him to succeed here, especially when Magnum Khaos is trying to put him down. I looked ridiculous while reading this book because I was cheering him on. You will too when you read it.

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Magnum Khaos is every bit a monster. Everything about him screams bad guy. He's made of muscle and pure rage. Letterer Rus Wooton uses a dark red/purplish color for his word balloons, shrouded in this hazy black cloud. If Murder Falcon is all about metal, Magnum Khaos provides the screaming right from the gut. It represents the perfect adversary for Jake.

Murder Falcon is not just one of my favorite comics of the year, it's one of my favorite comics ever. This book works on so many levels. Yes, it's an awesome monster story with some amazing visuals, but what will have you coming back again and again – and what will leave you in tears – is Jake's journey. It's absolutely perfect. Murder Falcon is a comic that is made for everyone. It doesn't matter if you like metal or monsters. If you're a human being, you will love Murder Falcon.

Grades:

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About The Author
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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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