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Review – Falcon & Winter Soldier #3 (Marvel Comics)

Falcon & Winter Soldier #3 (Marvel Comics) cover (detail) by Dan Mora
  • Writing - 7.2/10
    7.2/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 7.6/10
    7.6/10

Falcon & Winter Soldier #3

Writer: Derek Landy
Artist: Federico Vicentini
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 30, 2020

Sam and Bucky go to visit The Natural’s parents, who are more than overjoyed to see the former Captain Americas.

 

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Big Fan Falcon and Winter Soldier #3

It has been about six months since the previous issue of this series and seeing Falcon & Winter Soldier #3 makes me a bit sad. Not the comic book itself, but the fact that we should probably be at least one episode into The Falcon and Winter Soldier Disney+ show right now. But, as we all know, that has been pushed back to sometime in 2021. But at least we have this five-issue mini-series, and Falcon & Winter Soldier #3 is a solid issue.

Falcon & Winter Soldier #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Dan Mora
Falcon & Winter Soldier #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Dan Mora

We pick up with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes on the trail of “The Natural”: some young kid that is highly trained and working under a mysterious individual. He wants to bring back Hydra and take down Baron Zemo. They are led to The Natural’s parents’ house by none other than Baron Zemo! The Natural’s parents are die-hard Captain America fans. But how did they let their son into the clutches of Hydra? Will this clue lead to this mysterious individual resurrecting Hydra? Will it also lead them to missing veteran support member/Winter Soldier’s handler Veronica Eden? It’s all here in this issue.

Writing

I have been enjoying Derek Landy‘s writing throughout these three issues and he doesn’t miss a beat with Falcon & Winter Soldier #3. Something about his dialogue is just infectious and fun. There is a general sense of excitement in the dialogue and he catches great moments between Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes. 

Now, not everything flows perfectly through Falcon & Winter Soldier #3. At times it does feel a bit too “cheeky” and I would like for it to take itself just a little bit more seriously, story-wise. Landy does seem to get a little too caught up in the quips and barbs and the story doesn’t quite hold the weight it needs at times.

That is an overall small gripe as, ultimately, I enjoy the interactions and the story progressions. The Natural character works in small doses, but after a while his dialogue gets a little bit too much. Great ending to the issue though; nice little twist to the plot that has me excited for the final two issues.

Art

Federico Vicentini has been doing some solid work through the first three issues of this series. In Falcon & Winter Soldier #3 he adds some nice detail throughout. The Natural’s parents’ house is full of delightful Captain America memorabilia. As Cap “super-fans” you would expect them to have a lot of stuff, and Vicentini stocks their home full of it. It has a fun, almost “I spy” type scene just looking around their house to see what Vicentini puts in.

Just the little details Vicentini puts in are nice for storytelling methods. For instance, Sam and Bucky have to wear knock-offs of their old Captain America Uniforms. They look ill-fitting and bad like they are supposed to. It just adds a little to the story. The action also continues to be wonderfully detailed. Vicentini once again shines in these more claustrophobic fight scenes.

There are some scenes with a Captain America shield being wielded, and those, honestly, don’t look the best. The shield just looks and feels odd throughout them. I think that is the only big grievance with the art.

You can’t complain too much when you have Matt Milla on colors. He does extraordinary work and he continues to shine in Falcon & Winter Soldier #3.

Conclusion

I almost forgot about this 5-issue mini-series, but was excited that it finally came back out. Though, again, sad about the Disney+ show still being delayed. The comic book is a good replacement and will whet your appetite as we await its arrival.

In Falcon & Winter Soldier #3 Bucky and Sam take advice from Baron Zemo; is that the smartest move to do? Only one way to find out!


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