Real Struggles And Metalhead Heroics Warm The Heart In Murder Falcon #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Jake works to relearn his guitar-playing skills while Murder Falcon trains in the art of combat. A Veldar attacks downtown, and Jake and Murder Falcon go to stop it. There, Jake finds his old bandmate, Johann. Murder Falcon tells Jake that Johann is the next recruit MF and Jake need to fight the Veldar. However, Johann needs a special bass guitar to summon Murder Falcon’s companion, so the three go hunting for this mystical bass guitar.

Murder Falcon #2 cover by Daniel Warren Johnson
Murder Falcon #2 cover by Daniel Warren Johnson

Murder Falcon #2 continues the impressive storytelling and genuine emotionalism brought to us by the initial issue. I’m continually impressed by how heavy the comic is, and not just in its music tastes. The comic is downright somber at times.
Jake has had a rough life, and some of the specifics are revealed in this comic. He feels like he let his band down, but there is still more to it than that. Murder Falcon really taps into the times and the zeitgeist. Jake lives in the city; he and everyone around him are struggling for money and seem all-around destitute. Murder Falcon represents a chance for Jake and his friends to find meaning again in their passion for metal.
It may not be a complex narrative solution, but it’s earnest and full of heart. It’s also deeply relatable for anyone living in these times and not flush with cash.
The theme of metal music and the musicians they often reference, like Steve Vai, does add a bit of an anachronistic element to it. It doesn’t really detract from anything though; it just adds flavor.
Murder Falcon himself behaves like a classic superhero, but it works. He serves as this lofty and optimistic force that keeps Jake going.
Murder Falcon #2 art by Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer
Murder Falcon #2 art by Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer

Daniel Warren Johnson’s artwork is gritty and further drives home that sense of struggling in hard times. While Murder Falcon, the Veldar, and the other creatures that show up have fantastical designs, Jake, Johann, and everyone else look like regular people–Jake’s overweight, and Johann’s a bit lanky. The action scenes are impactful and kinetic. Mike Spicer’s color work is similarly balanced; drab and dirty colors are contrasted with intermittent spectacular shades.
I’m kind of in love with Murder Falcon #2. The superheroics and monsters are balanced by a very real and grounded feeling of hopelessness and people just trying to get by. It’s a wonderful read, and I highly recommend checking it out.
Murder Falcon #2 comes to us from writer, artist, letterer, and cover artist Daniel Warren Johnson and color artist Mike Spicer from Image Comics.

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