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Preview: Falcon #7

Falcon #7

(W) Rodney Barnes (A) Sebastian Cabrol (CA) Jay Anacleto
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

As Brooklyn becomes vampire central, Deacon Frost continues his quest to destroy everything that Sam loves. Who’s up first? Misty? Patriot? Or perhaps someone even more dear to our hero?

Why Are Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow Helping Assad?

In the lead up to their Marvel Studios releases, Marvel Comics publishes two issue “prelude” comics for upcoming films which are then collected into trade paperbacks with extra related material. Leading up to Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Infinity War Prelude recently saw its trade release. Written by Will Corona Pilgrim, with art by Tigh Walker, color by Chris O’Halloran, and lettering by VC’s Travis Lanham the two issue story recaps Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War, fills in gaps between the films, and also provides details on the Infinity Stones.

Part of the story follows what Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, and Natasha Romanoff, (aka Captain AmericaFalcon, and Black Widow) have been up to, and what’s presented is a little head scratching.

The scene has the trio breaking up an arms deal in Syria. That arms deal is weapons being sent by the United States government to Syrian rebels who we can only assume are fighting a civil war against the dictator Bashar Hafez al-Assad. Yes, Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow are protecting Assad from rebels and interfering in an internal conflict.

What’s stranger is that Black Widow refers to these individuals as “terrorists” which is language that takes the side of Assad’s government. Further strange is that Black Widow has gotten her intel from her KGB contacts (and I’ll ignore the use of KGB and not one of the current intelligence agencies that split up in to after the dissolution of the Russian government in the early 90s). That means she received information to take down these “terrorists” from Russian operatives. The Russian government supports Assad and is in a proxy war with the United States with real world engagement. As presented, these superheroes are being willingly manipulated by the Russian government to take down the Syrian opposition (and their US ally) and prop up a dictator.

When you mix in some of Rogers’ issues with the fictional Sokovian Accords it gets stranger. Rogers vocalized concerns to Tony Stark included being used by individuals to meet their agendas, they lose their right to choose what actions they take. So, in this situation either Rogers, Wilson, and Romanoff have chosen this action and/or they’re being used by the Russian government. Either case, it’s a bad choice as they’re propping up a genocidal dictator who has used chemical weapons against his own people.

Through their actions too they’ve not only denied the weapons to this group, they’ve done so in opposition to the United States government an action that would likely come with further sanctions and at least charges.

Will this be addressed in the upcoming film? We have only until late April to see but as is it muddies the politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Preview: Falcon #6

Falcon #6

Story: Rodney Barnes Art: Sebastián Carbol
Color: Rachel Rosenberg Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Jay Anacleto, Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Editor: Alanna Smith
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Sam returns to New York, hoping to reconnect with the one and only Misty Knight!
• But their steamy (or stormy?) reunion is cut short when vampires descend on Brooklyn!

Review: Falcon #5

Falcon #5 cover

Where we last left Falcon, he and Patriot continued to fight off against Blackheart in Chicago who is bent on corrupting the streets of Chicago. However, Sam Wilson had been sent to hell but with the help of Two Gun and Snap Wilson, an ancestor of his, escaped the wrath of Mephisto and now it’s back to fighting Blackheart-head on.

Admittedly upon hearing about the new Falcon ongoing series the first time, I certainly didn’t expect his first adversary to be Blackheart of all people as I had assumed maybe HYDRA agents or something like that. That and I greatly miss him as Captain America but I suppose Secret Empire put a stop to that despite him putting on the costume again for the last couple of issues of that event. But execution always matters after all.

So in comes Falcon #5 and I quite enjoy it fine. Sometimes the banter can feel off. In fact, some dialogue choices I feel are kind of weird like Blackheart saying “You have been a fly in my ointment” which, don’t know how to feel about him saying that honestly. But what writer Rodney Barnes has done is provide plenty of good character moments and action beats. Like the first couple of pages with Sam Wilson, Patriot and Joaquin, the current other Falcon. You do get the sense of comradely between the three as well as an action set piece involving Falcon punching Blackheart and telling him off.

It’s very standard superhero stuff but it’s fun at the same time, I think writer Rodney Barnes does have a good head on his shoulders especially given the premise of the first arc. You have at one point, Doctor Voodoo confronting Dray, a leader of one of the Chicago gangs, who had made a deal with Blackheart promising everything he desires. The motive is understandable and Voodoo warns him that Blackheart is likely to betray him and such. So I can get behind the simple Faustian-will he or will he not kind of plot.

Barnes despite being new to the comic book scene, seems to at least have a good grasp of how to write comic books as the pacing doesn’t feel off going from page to page and panel to panel. The art by Joshua Cassara certainly helped matters with the shaded look to the proceedings. The art does seem to fit what the book is going so it at least feels very in sync with Barnes’s writing.

And this is just a nitpicking personal thing with me, I’m not sure about the running gag about Patriot suggesting the Joaquin-Falcon a new codename. Like for one, it was fine in the last couple of pages but during the climax of the arc, it had the action screech to a halt a bit. I get what Barnes was going for in that he wanted to emulate the MCU banter which, cool but it didn’t seem to work in this book as much as the films using it perfectly. And two, well this goes along with me wanting Sam Wilson to be Captain America again and Joaquin being Falcon still.

All in all, pretty fun issue to Falcon and a good ending to the first arc. There’s some promise for future stories based on Blackheart and Mephisto’s conversation but there’s also the promise of another type of creature for the next arc and I did appreciate the pun there given I happen to like Wes Craven’s work. Check it out.

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Falcon #5

Falcon #5

(W) Rodney Barnes (A) Joshua Cassara (CA) Jay Anacleto
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• It’s Falcon’s final showdown with the demon Blackheart, and the future of Chicago hangs in the balance.
• Can Sam Wilson’s spirit triumph in the face of unspeakable evil?

Preview: Falcon #4

Falcon #4

(W) Rodney Barnes (A) Joshua Cassara (CA) Jay Anacleto
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Falcon struggles to free his own soul from hell as Doctor Voodoo and the Patriot try desperately to help!
• With Mephisto, ruler of the dark realm, standing in their way, rescuing Sam is easier said than done!

Diamond Select Toys In Stores Now: Two Captain Americas and a Spider-Gwen!

It’s a marvelous week at comic shops, as last-minute gift-buyers can pick up three new items BASED ON Marvel comics and movies, at three different price points for every budget! From the Spider-Gwen action figure to the Sam Wilson Captain America PVC to the Civil War Captain America statue, plus already-available Minimates, Vinimates, banks and glassware, there’s something for everyone on your list!

Marvel Gallery Captain America Sam Wilson PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Interest in the Marvel Gallery line of PVC dioramas has gotten so high that DST’s newest offering needs wings! Sam Wilson, the former Falcon and current Captain America, spreads his wings in his modern-day patriotic costume. This highly detailed sculpt features exacting paint details, as well as a removable shield that can be placed on his arm or on his back. In scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC dioramas, FalCap measures approximately 10 inches tall by 9 inches wide and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item # APR172655, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Milestones Civil War Movie Captain America Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Another Milestone has been met! The second half of DST’s Marvel Milestones statue set based on Captain America: Civil War is here, and it’s Captain America himself! Raising his shield to deflect a blast of energy, Captain America can stand alone, or pair with the Marvel Milestones Iron Man statue to form a larger scene – face them back to back for a team-up, or face-to-face for all-out Civil War! This approximately 16.75” resin statue is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #MAY172528, SRP: $199.99)

Marvel Select Spider-Gwen Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the other side of the Spider-Verse comes the rockin’est Spider-hero in town! Mary Janes drummer and protector of New York City Gwen Stacy is the latest Marvel Select action figure from DST, and she’s sure to be one of our best sellers! The approximately 6.75-inch action figure comes with interchangeable raised and lowered hoods, various interchangeable hands, and a sculpted diorama base depicting a fallen robot! Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #MAY172533, SRP: $24.99)

Preview: Falcon #3

Falcon #3

(W) Rodney Barnes (A) Joshua Cassara (CA) Daniel Acuna
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Posing as the Mayor of Chicago, Blackheart, son of Mephisto, has declared the Falcon Public Enemy No. 1.
• Can Sam find a way to save the souls of the people of Chicago before the law catches up to him? Or will the Demon Prince prevail in his plan to possess the world?

Preview: Falcon #2

Falcon #2

(W) Rodney Barnes (A) Joshua Cassara (CA) Jesus Saiz
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• The Falcon and the Patriot fight to restore order as a full-scale riot threatens to destroy the city of Chicago!
• But little do they know, the rage behind the burgeoning brawl is being brought about by the demon prince and son of Mephisto – Blackheart!
• Can Sam and Shaun find a way to even the odds? Or will they be swallowed whole by forces from beyond this world?

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week of geeky goodness! We’ve got lots coming up with reviews, news, some demographics, and more! What geeky things will you all be getting up to? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – On #MeToo and The End of Open Secrets – A very good read and we support ending harassment in the comic industry (and everywhere).

Slate Magazine – The “How Does a Comic Book Colorist Work?” Transcript – For those wondering about the business.

Tolerance.org – The Comic Book Teacher – A cool read.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – All-Star Batman #14

Talking Comics – Falcon #1

Comic Attack – Fu-Jitsu #1

Talking Comics – Invincible Iron Man #593

Comic Attack – Motor Crush #7


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