Review – Murder Falcon #5 (Skybound/Image Comics)

Murder Falcon #5
  • Writing - 7/10
  • Art - 9/10
  • Overall - 8/10
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Writer: Daniel Warren Johnson
Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson
Colorist: Mike Spicer
Letterer: Rus Wooton & Daniel Warren Johnson
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics
Release Date: February 13, 2019

A new black metal band arises from Iceland to battle Magnum Chaos.


Daylight Dies in Murder Falcon #5

Jake finally come face to face with his former love, Anne. After his cancer diagnosis, he not only abandoned his friends/bandmates, but the love of his life, Anne. Jake has made amends with his friends and has been battling the forces of Magnum Chaos with his band, Brooticus. Can their relationship be salvaged? Well, luckily Murder Falcon is there to help! The two do not have long to reconnect, as Magnum Chaos has become stronger, harvesting the negative energy from people of Earth. He unleashes a horde of monsters upon Earth; luckily the blackest metal band from Iceland attempts to hold them off. Earth is going to need some more metal warriors to win the battle, and Johann and Jimi may have found something to turn the tide in Murder Falcon #5.


Murder Falcon #5 (Skybound Image Comics) cover A by Daniel Warren Johnson
Murder Falcon #5 (Skybound Image Comics) cover A by Daniel Warren Johnson

The previous issue of Murder Falcon hit me pretty hard. I don’t know if it was intentional, or my reading comprehension has gone to crap, but through all the issues I thought it was Jake’s fiancée who got diagnosed with cancer. Turns out it was Jake. It turned the series around for me and made all of his decisions and struggle that more heartbreaking. It also made Murder Falcon—a giant anthropomorphic bird with giant guns—a very endearing character, as he has taught Jake how to deal with his mental anguish from everything he has gone through.

Something does feel a little “off” storywise in Murder Falcon #5. It is almost a little static, like we have seen all this before. It felt like the story was stalling a little bit in this issue as Jake and Anne reconciled. I am not sure exactly what it was, and maybe it is just me, but I feel like this whole issue should have been a little more emotionally impactful than it was. Maybe it is because I am not a musician that I am losing a little bit of a connection with this story? The whole series deals heavily with music and Johnson himself talks about how important music is to his life. That could possibly be why it has lost a little impact with me.

I mean, don’t get me wrong: Murder Falcon continues to be all kinds of entertaining fun, with rather touching emotional scenes throughout it. Murder Falcon #5 just didn’t hit me as much in that emotive-passionate way I feel like it should have for what was happening in it. That ending, though, is all kinds of “metal” coolness and has me on board for the next issue!


Obviously, Daniel Warren Johnson continues to absolutely obliterate minds in the art department. He goes all out with this black metal band from Iceland. Their character designs are exactly what you would think they would be from that very vague description. The creatures they summon with their music are all sorts of craziness. Johnson has a fantastic imagination coming up with all this craziness and then being able to realize it on paper.

Johnson does a great job of pacing Murder Falcon #5 as well. He balances the switches between the hardcore battles to the dramatic scenes very well. He also does great panel layouts for the different scenes, knowing when to use a wider shot or when to get up close and personal. It affects the story being told dramatically, with those shifts.

I am really loving the coloring work from Mike Spicer. He plays well with the darker color palette for this series, but also adding in this brightness as well. Rus Wooton’s lettering also continues to be phenomenal. The style and placement just add so much to the series as a whole.


Even though the story in Murder Falcon #5 didn’t have as big of an emotional impact as I felt it should, the series as a whole continues to be good. Seeing Jake continue to deal with his past and try to become better continues to be an interesting story point. Having Johnson draw all these crazy monsters and characters is a high point for the series. I thought Murder Falcon might get a little old after a few issues, but somehow Johnson keeps introducing new things that make it fun and interesting, and I can’t wait to see what he does in this next issue.

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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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