Murder Falcon #4
Writing - 9/10
Art - 9.5/10
Overall - 9.3/10
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Review - Murder Falcon #4
Writer: Daniel Warren Johnson
Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Skybound Entertainment/ Image Comics
Release Date: January 9, 2019
Brooticus is back together! They are laying down some heavy tracks and destroying monsters! But the creatures seem to be getting stronger and the band may not be able to keep up the pace!
“Run to the Hills”
With Jimi back on drums laying down the beats “Brooticus” is finally back together! With the combined might of Jakes solid guitar riffs power Murder Falcon, Johann’s smooth bass bringing Halford the giant Mastodon to life and now Jimi’s drums summoning a watery beast from the depths; it looks like the mysterious Magnum Khaos monsters are in for a beat down. But Khaos has some tricks up his sleeve that Brooticus is not ready for in Murder Falcon #4 and Jakes past comes full circle!
Just when I was about to get tired of Murder Falcon’s formula Daniel Warren Johnson comes around and delivers a tremendous issue in Murder Falcon #4. This series is a ton of fun and Johnson is doing a tremendous job of making it a delight to read. That being said issue #3 had me getting a little worn with the story. It was still a lot of fun to read but I wasn’ sure if that would continue on. From reading Extremity I know Johnson has a pension for some real heartfelt stories and that was has been teased a little bit through Murder Falcon with the reason the Jake left the band and apparently lost his wife to cancer.
Well, Johnson ramps up the emotional aspect of the story in Murder Falcon #4 with a slight twist and it really tugged at my heartstrings. A book with the title Murder Falcon centered around people summoning crazy creatures with heavy metal music to fight other giant monsters should not be this emotional, but it is. That is what makes it great and a must read as well!
Yes, Murder Falcon #4 is tons of fun. Crazy things happen, giant monster fights galore! Murder Falcon still says things like “shredtastic” to put a smile on your face. The plot with Magnum Khaos still thickens. But Daniel Warren Johnson does not let that be the “soul” of this series. From Jake making amends to bandmates, to his struggles with what happened in his past. Johnson excels at showing all that emotion on the pages. I can’t spoil what happens in Murder Falcon #4, but man it hits hard and heavy.
All that emotion I talk about story wise is greatly intensified by Daniel Warren Johnson’s artwork. He does beautiful work and no one does action quite like him. He draws crazy, detailed giant monsters and lovely looking battle scenes. When I first think of Daniel Warren Johnson’s art I think of giant creatures, great kinetic energy, and movement on the pages and how I desperately want a Gundam/Godzilla commission from him one day.
Then when you get into his sequential stuff you realize how great he displays emotion on the pages. His facial expressions and body language on his characters are top notch. These really help drive the story to another level. Not only do you read what the characters are saying but even without words, Johnson is great at conveying the emotions on the pages.
Mike Spicer and Rus Wooton’s additions to Murder Falcon #4 can’t be dismissed either. Spicer’s colors continue to be wonderfully dramatic and fill the pages with some truly mesmerizing visuals. While Rus Wooton is in my opinion (for whatever that is worth) the best letterer in the game. Man, just the stuff he does throughout this issue brings so much to the story!
I was close to writing Murder Falcon off. Yes, I was enjoying it and was going to keep reading it but I felt like it was missing a little something. Well, with Murder Falcon #4 it got what it was missing and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for this series! I really can’t praise this team enough really just a fantastic comic book.
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