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Falcon #1

Writer: Rodney Barnes Artist: Joshua Cassara Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 11, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 26
7.8Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

Sam Wilson - winged warrior, avian Avenger and one-time sentinel of liberty - takes to the skies again, reborn and recommitted as the fighter for freedom, THE FALCON! Engaged in an all-new assignment while training his new partner THE PATRIOT, Sam Wilson soars high and sees all. But Sam's new mission finds him on a collision course with an enemy way out of his weight class-the demonic BLACKHEART! Writer Rodney Barnes (THE BOONDOCKS) joins artist Joshua Cassara (SECRET EMPIRE: UNDERGROUND) to challenge Sam Wilson as never before! From the stratosphere to the streets, the Marvel Universe now has a high-flying hero circlin more

  • 10
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Oct 12, 2017

    Needless to say, I highly recommend this comic. It was incredible, moving, and daring. Pick this one up. It's a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn Warner Oct 13, 2017

    This first issue of The Falcon succeeds on all fronts, engaging story, dynamic characterizations and gorgeous visuals, what more could you ask for in a comic book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - James Portis Oct 12, 2017

    In todays current media, Marvel Comics is highly criticized for its lack of proper introductions or just overall writings of diverse characters. Sam Wilson has never been one of them. His entry as Captain America was a welcome change and some even felt that he shouldn't of been removed from the mantle. However with this new start, Sam has a chance to finally be a pillar for the Marvel landscape. If the current plotline continues with the same momentum, The hopes are definitely flying high for Falcon. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Oct 14, 2017

    THE FALCON #1 is a powerful start to this Sam Wilson series. Rodney Barnes does a great job establishing this character in Marvel Legacy without his stripes and shield. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Oct 16, 2017

    At the end of each Legacy first issue or Legacy first chapter, there is a three-page story that summarizes the history of that issue's lead character or characters. Falcon's three-page summary is written by Robbie Thompson; drawn by Mark Bagley (pencils) and Andrew Hennessy (inks); colored by Israel Silva; and lettered by Joe Caramagna. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Don Alsafi Oct 13, 2017

    The question is no longer whether or not the Falcon will take flight once again " but rather to what untold heights he may soar. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Oct 11, 2017

    Falcon #1 and as a series serves as the best follow-up to the disaster that was Captain America working for HYDRA. This is not the book to sleep on if you want a story with heart to it. The whole HYDRA event didn't stick with me, but when you take the perspective of someone who is affected as a fried to Steve, of someone who is seen as stained by that association, even to his own people, a story like that may have been worth it. We couldn't get to where we are with Falcon getting back to basics without that nightmare. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Oct 12, 2017

    If you're looking for a good jumping on point, much less an intelligent comic, you're in for a treat here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Oct 16, 2017

    Sam's tenure as Captain America and betrayal by Steve Rogers has him in uncharted territory. The fallout has him in a weird head space. Fortunate for readers that's going to make for great super hero stories as he tries to confront Chicago gang violence. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Oct 13, 2017

    Falcon definitely has the potential to be something good, but it's not there yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 11, 2017

    Falcon is trying to come into his own with his own title. While there were some moments that stood out and the reveal of the villain at the end is interesting, much of the plot seemed a little mediocre. Hopefully, the series leans into the story of a hero betrayed because that story feels more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 15, 2017

    In short, it's a tense issue, with some well-crafted parts and strong art, but it leaves me worried that without the red, white and blue, Sam Wilson isn't considered top-drawer hero material by the powers-that-be at Marvel. The Falcon #1 is still an above average read and a book that I will come back for more of in coming months. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Watch - jzwilson Oct 25, 2017

    Falcon #1 is a less-than-stellar debut. The characterization is clich and mediocre, providing no fresh or interesting insights into the lead and supporting characters. However, the action sequences are well-staged and the artwork is effective and exciting. Plus, the story ends on a high note by revealing a powerful villain who isnt overused and could drive the story to greater heights. Though I cant enthusiastically recommend this book, its only the 1st inning. Im willing to buy the next issue to see if the writer can get the bases loaded or even hit a home run. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 11, 2017

    This new series shows some potential as it attempts to chart a new course for Sam Wilson, but the lackluster execution makes it a tough sell for all but hardcore Falcon fans. This first issue struggles to properly balance the Marvel Universe with real-world drama, and the dialogue has a tendency to become overwrought and stilted. If Sam is going to thrive as he returns to his old role, it's not going to be a quick or easy transition. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 11, 2017

    This debut feels like a definite downgrade from the man who was once Captain America - hopefully The Falcon ups its game soon, because otherwise Sam Wilson is going to wind up right back on the B-list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Billyndo Oct 11, 2017

    This is the best comic I read in ages.

  • 10
    Wolf Warner Oct 12, 2017

    PURE HEAT!!!!! Fred Hampton jr. and Prodigy mentioned in a comic?? It's Lit!!! Best intro issue in a minute!

  • 9.5
    Phillucifer Oct 13, 2017

    Incredibly engaging and great to see Falcon in the spotlight once more after Secret Empire. Also I loved the new Patriot glad to see him here.

  • 9.0
    Mastermind Oct 13, 2017

    In general, I hate most of Soule's works, but I purely loved this one. I love Sam, and I've always thought he's so much better as Flacon than. Much more himself. I also like the art very much.

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  • 9.0
    the green death Oct 16, 2017

    I honestly liked Sam as Falcon and was a little bummed (though not surprised) that he wouldn't be keeping his position a little longer. Still this was a great first issue that keeps the political heat Spencer brought, adds a good sidekick, includes strong character work. I'm a little surprised there's not much humor given how the Boondocks was my favorite newspaper comic back in the day - but I can't complain as the tone is perfect for the book.

  • 9.0
    CrazyforRAMU Apr 20, 2018

    Falcon and his apprentice, the new Patriot, take a stab at defusing Chicago's gang problems. The plot verges on the simplistic, but as it serves primarily as a vehicle for delivering characterization and insight, the simplicity does very little to impede my enjoyment. The characterization is superb. Sam's tumultuous thoughts after Secret Empire are given the space and complexity they deserve, and Rayshaun "Patriot" Lucas *finally* clicks into place as an awesome character after some false starts in his previous appearances. Rodney Barnes turns in a super-dense script with tons to ponder, and Joshua Cassara's art is likewise jam-packed with appreciable details. It has a scratchy vitality that makes action scenes and introspective moments loo more

  • 8.5
    DDJamesB Oct 12, 2017

    Probably one of the better comics I have read in a while. It was a really great read. The tone of it is pretty serious so if you're not into that, I would stay away. The art was up my alley. Reminds me of the scratchy powerman ironfist art from last year. It fits the street level well. I'm in it for the future.

  • 8.5
    Maria17♥ Oct 24, 2017

    A really God Start for this series!

  • 8.0
    RaisingBlack Dec 6, 2017

    The is a lot of potential for this series. My hope is Marvel gives this book a chance to find and grow its audience. If you haven't guessed this is the book for all the Sam Wilson Captain America fans and it sets up the next chapter in Sam Wilson's story. Barnes does some solid work and giving Sam Wilson an actual place and gives the reader an idea of the scale of hero Wilson wants and should be. Sam Wilson works best as a character that can scale from street level to high level. He is at his best when reminding us about culture and the other American. Some complain about the new design but I like it and his new costume gives Sam some needed power upgrades.

    My biggest argument for Sam Wilson as a hero is that he needs an upgrade more

  • 7.5
    Granfalloon Oct 11, 2017

    Pretty good first issue. A bit clunky in places maybe but enough to keep me interested and pick up #2.

  • 7.5
    Rick Jonez Oct 12, 2017

    Average. It seemed just an extended Sam personality recap with a sidekick and street gangs violence thrown in. Much depends on the motivation/backstory of choosing BH as the premiere foe.

  • 6.5
    freemanlouis7 Oct 12, 2017

    I'm not sold on the art just yet. The end reveal was already spoiled for me but it still didn't make a ton of sense. Sam is doing his daytime Batman impression complete with young Ward and zip line wrapped around thugs. I'll give it another issue.

  • 5.0
    SloboSOY Mar 1, 2018

    I trust it was some link with Damnation so I take the 1 to the 5 this week.
    I liked most of this first story. But I think that If I had try it at the time he hit the store, I would not have continued it.
    I find disturbing the fact for Falcon Steve lied since 10 years. We will know in another issue that he have a bad perception of this part of Steve story. But even that didn't quietly explain the 10 years mostly in Comics book or they never really age. So ten year before it like when he encounter steve.
    I don't really like the fact than like that Sam is friend with the new patriot. Do this story cannot really exist with the previous Patriot (A better character in my opinion) ?

    Cover - I find the Lenticular with iron more

  • 4.5
    Nightmare of Solomon Oct 22, 2017

    I like the mention of Fred Hampton Jr (people should read more on his story) but did Barnes even read Secret Empire and Generations, because he completely misunderstood Sam and Steve's relationship at the end of those comics.

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Oct 11, 2017

  • 7.5
    Nickweiser Oct 12, 2017

  • 7.5
    Roseandberg Oct 26, 2017

  • 7.0
    Khan/Murdock Oct 11, 2017

  • 7.0
    TheFallenKing13 Oct 11, 2017

  • 7.0
    Pantheon36 Oct 12, 2017

  • 7.0
    jmprados Oct 29, 2017

  • 7.0
    Titanium May 22, 2018

  • 5.5
    YourGreenMuse Nov 6, 2018

  • 5.0
    Tex8285 Oct 13, 2017

  • 4.5
    Frank Black Oct 11, 2017

  • 4.5
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Oct 11, 2017

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