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Murder Falcon #1 – A Review

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Writer: Daniel Warren Johnson
Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Rus Wooton and Daniel Warren Johnson 
Publisher: Skybound Entertainment (Image Comics imprint)
Release Date: October 10, 2018
Pulp Nation Rating: 9.5

Hey Nation, If you like your heavy metal fused with Kung Fu, Murder Falcon #1 is the tonic you’ve been looking for!

Jake’s life is in ruins. He’s lost his band, his girlfriend, and any hope for the future.

All that changed when he met Murder Falcon, a human/falcon hybrid sent to destroy all evil.

But Murder Falcon can’t do it on his own; Murder Falcon derives his power from heavy metal so he needs a shredder extraordinaire: Jake!

The Script

I’ve been reading some heavy comics lately; Murder Falcon #1 was a welcome change of pace.

Daniel Warren Johnson takes us on an action-packed romp starring Jake who nearly every person can relate to.

It’s not a summer blockbuster comic; it’s got a message.

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That message?

Crap will rain down on you. And there’s nothing you can to stop it. But, you can’t let it stop you from living life. Do something, anything, even if it scares you!

Jake is probably at his lowest and he’s ready to give up. He doesn’t think he has a purpose.

(Wow, it’s like Johnson heard me talking to my wife last week.)

A great script will resonate with people and while I can’t speak for you guys and gals, Murder Falcon #1 most definitely reverberated within the walls of my soul.

This comic comes at just the right time in my life; I would imagine I’m not alone.

The Art

Johnson also provides us with the art and some of the lettering of Murder Falcon #1. And you just might recognize the rest of the art team from the hit comic Extremity: Mike Spicer on colors and Rus Wooton on the letters.

There are two sides to Jake in this first issue. First, the down-on-his-luck-feeling-sorry-for-himself Jake and the kickass-ice-in-his-veins-staring-down-a-monster Jake.

I love how convincingly the creative team created both versions without going to extremes. You can see it’s the same dude.

In some other comics, the protagonist doesn’t look the same person when their life changes. It doesn’t make sense to me because it’s the same person, but Johnson nails it. It’s in the eyes man, it’s in the eyes.

The colors of Spicer are fabulous; no color is out of place.

And when Jakes makes the scene at the beginning? Man, how he stands out without sticking out is perfect. Does that make sense to you? I don’t know, but that was the first thought that popped in my mind when he showed up.

The letters of Murder Falcon #1 were a team effort. Rus Wooton and Johnson did an excellent job. I’ve said it before that Wooton is always on point and he doesn’t miss a beat here either.

I love his subtle changes, such as fading of letters, that tell you exactly how the character is speaking without the reader even having to think about it.

Perfection, as always sir.

Murder Falcon #1: Final Thoughts

I said it earlier and I’ll say it again, Murder Falcon #1 comes at just the right time in my life.

I see a lot of myself in Jake—except for metal, I’m more of an acoustic guy—and I can’t wait to see how he overcomes his biggest obstacle: himself.


Murder Falcon #1 will be released October 10, 2018
Image Comics provided Pulp Nation with a free copy for review.

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