Falcon #3 Review: Flawed but Still Very Compelling

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The Falcon and the Patriot have been locked away by the mayor. That mayor soon reveals his identity as Blackheart. He makes Sam and Shaun an offer that they naturally deny, given that he's a literal demon and all that. Doctor Voodoo returns to save our heroes, and the three are ready for round two with Blackheart and his followers.

Falcon #3 cover by Daniel Acuna
Falcon #3 cover by Daniel Acuna

This issue of the Falcon runs into some of the issues that concerned me in the first issue. Blackheart is such an existential villain, and this comic wants to balance him with the more down-to-Earth issues of gang violence and police brutality. In the infinite possibility of storytelling, there is almost certainly a way to make that work. I'm just not sure that Falcon has found a way to do so.

The dialogue gets a little bumpy in this issue too. There are moments where it feels like it's trying too hard. Some of the dialogue wavers into blaxploitation territory, and that is shaky given what this book is trying to accomplish with (half of) its narrative. It also comes off like the Patriot is stupid when he doesn't understand basic turns of phrase, and I know the Patriot isn't stupid.

That being said, the relationship between the Falcon and the Patriot is still quite awesome, and Doctor Voodoo makes a great third in this first story arc. Rodney Barnes continues to show that he knows what makes Sam Wilson great, and the majority of the plot manages to keep me glued.

Falcon #3 art by Joshua Cassara and Rachelle Rosenberg
Falcon #3 art by Joshua Cassara and Rachelle Rosenberg

Joshua Cassara's artwork holds together throughout. His work has been near-perfect for Falcon, and he puts together some awesome action sequences between Falcon, Patriot, and Blackheart's minions. Rachelle Rosenberg gives an atmospherically dark color palette, and it fits the story very well.

This is definitely the shakiest issue of the Falcon to come out so far, but it gels more often than it doesn't. I still found myself quite enthralled with this comic, and I can confidently recommend it. Check it out.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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