Attempted Murder On The Hydra Express: ‘Falcon & Winter Soldier #2’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier go after Baron Zemo’s protege on the 3:15 train to Buffalo. Once aboard, they discover that the protege isn’t the only Hydra agent aboard the train; the entire train is full to the brim with Hydra lackeys. Sam and Bucky fight their way through seven train cars full of killers, assassins, and other types of undesirables before reaching the eighth car. Inside, they find a surprise guest aboard this train and neither Sam or Buck are happy to see them.

Falcon & Winter Soldier #2 cover by Dan Mora
Falcon & Winter Soldier #2 cover by Dan Mora

Falcon & Winter Soldier #2 finds our two heroes hot on the trail of Zemo’s protege. The protege, as well as other factions, are attempting to kickstart a new Hydra revival and that can’t be allowed to happen.

A large section of this comic features Falcon and the Winter Soldier barrelling through the train cars full of Hydra thugs. It’s thoroughly entertaining and, broadly speaking, kicks a ton of ass.

The climax to it all is the mystery guest in the eighth train car. While I was a little giddy to see this character, the deal Bucky and Sam have to make with this person is a little disappointing. It makes sense, but you really wanna see Buck stomp this character’s face in.

The comic is also pretty damn funny. Sam and Buck play off of one another well and their differing methods make for some good comedy in addition to drama.

Falcon & Winter Soldier #2 art by Federico Vicentini, Matt Milla, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
Falcon & Winter Soldier #2 art by Federico Vicentini, Matt Milla, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Federico Vicentini crafts some fantastic fight scenes throughout the book. The lengthy fight on the train is kinetic, satisfying, and surprisingly brutal. Bucky and Sam emote very well and the detailing is great. Matt Milla gives the book a vibrant color treatment that brings all of this to life in a spectacular fashion.

Falcon & Winter Soldier #2 is another action-packed and thoroughly enjoyable issue for this buddy book. Sam and Buck have differences to reconcile, but, hopefully, it can be done before Hydra has them both killed. This one easily gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Falcon & Winter Soldier #2 comes to us from writer Derek Landy, artist Federico Vicentini, color artist Matt Milla, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, cover artist Dan Mora, and variant cover artist Paco Medina with Jesus Aburtov.

Final Score: 8/10

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