Written By: Rodney Barnes
Art By: Joshua Cassara
Color Art By: Rachelle Rosenberg
Cover By: Jesus Saiz
Publisher: Marvel Comics
After a brief period of taking up the mantle of the flag and shield as Captain America, Samuel Thomas Wilson has returned to his original moniker as The Falcon to forge his own legacy and be a hero of his own making. With his new protege Patriot, (New one not the Young Avengers one) Falcon begins a new adventure while also teaching the next generation. Let’s see if it’s a good read.
What You Missed:
For the past few years. Sam Wilson decided to honor his mentor and partner’s request and become the All New Captain America. However after regaining his youth and abilities, Rogers took up a new shield becoming Captain America as well…Two? Really? Anyway, it was then discovered by the world populous that he had always been an agent of Hydra. Apparently, the new continuity is that The Axis Powers won World War II but the Allies used the cosmic cube to make it so we won the war. So after Steve discovered the truth, he used Hydra to take over the world. During the events of Secret Empire, Sam Wilson and the other Marvel heroes confront Steve and his forces, and as the fight is ending with Hydra falling with Steve the only one remaining, the cosmic cube creates a new Steve Rogers, more in line with the one we all know and love. He defeats his evil self and, after a trip through time, which you can read my review of Generations: The Americas to find out about that adventure, Sam decides to give the shield to the new version of Steve and forge his own destiny, returning to the mantle of Falcon.
Falcon soars through the skies of Chicago. Trying to be, well a hero. Stopping a shooting and coming to an understanding that the gangs of Chi-Town are going to be the end of the city itself. So Sam sets off to end the violence in the streets with the help of his new partner, Rayshaun Lucas, the new Patriot, which is kind of ironic that the flag wearing hero is now the sidekick to Falcon.
Splitting up, the approach the locations of the two largest gangs in Chi-Town, finding a way for them to end the violence for the sake of not just their own lives, but the lives of the innocents caught in the crossfire. After a very well spoken speech from sam and Patriot just getting lucky, the two leaders agree to a peace.
Throughout the issue though, the Mayor of Chicago has been at odds against Falcon for trying to stop the violence. Saying that he’s not Chicago citizen or an officer of the law. Which Sam retorts saying his jurisdiction is everywhere and he will continue to be a hero with or without the Mayor’s support. And after a very surprising turn of events, the comic ends with the reason why the Mayor has gone about the situation the way that he has.
Opinions and Such:
Falcon #1 is an amazing start to the continuing adventures of Sam Wilson. After the very short All-New Captain America that was cancelled because of Secret Wars, and Sam’s best time as Cap in Captain America: Sam Wilson, it’s a fresh start that doesn’t feel he’s been demoted. Sam’s chosen a new path, and it’s his own. He talks in the issue about how the entire time he was Cap, he was doing it how he felt Steve would’ve or should’ve. Not for himself. Now with Rayshaun, he not only has the ability to be the mentor that Steve was for him, he can do it for someone else.
One thing this book does amazingly is the writing. The two speeches to the gang leader and Rayshaun, writer Rodney Barnes breathes a voice into Sam that is a hero who has seen some stuff. A hero who knows that an African American resorting to crime is idiotic and isn’t worth it. This veteran Falcon is something that I wish was done more with books like Luke Cage, Black Panther. A black man who isn’t saying “you kids and you hip-hop are dumb” he’s saying to save lives and make better decisions for yourself in the long run.
The art here is very beautiful. And not just pretty, beautiful. The almost pastel style of that’s just a really good fit and, I really hope artist Joshua Cassara stays on this book for at least a few arcs because the way he portrays Sam and his newly forming world is very well done.
In today’s current media, Marvel Comics is highly criticized for its lack of proper introductions or just overall writings of diverse characters. Sam Wilson has never been one of them. His entry as Captain America was a welcome change and some even felt that he shouldn’t of been removed from the mantle. However with this new start, Sam has a chance to finally be a pillar for the Marvel landscape. If the current plotline continues with the same momentum, The hopes are definitely flying high for Falcon.