Righteous Synergy: Murder Falcon #2
This review contains mild spoilers for Murder Falcon #2. Proceed with caution!
Synergy is that moment in a band when the individual instruments come together to create something truly exhilarating. This is Murder Falcon.
It all started when an alien creature invaded the apartment of a former rocker named Jake who was grieving the loss of his wife. Looking for a weapon to throw, Jake reached for his guitar. In that instant, his guitar transformed into a creature-summoning weapon that called forth the Murder Falcon. With “Murf’s” ability to slay monsters tied to Jake’s guitar playing, the two set out to unite the old band, heal the world, and smite evil with righteous rock.
Issue #2 does some significant world-building and introduces us to the bassist, Johann, as it continues to nail the note that made the first so compelling: Jake is a broken man given a mission that forces him to deal with his own brokenness.
Don’t get me wrong—if Jake was nothing but an unwitting foil to Murf’s quest to save the world from Magnum Khaos and the Veldar through righteous instrument-weapons connected to spirit beings from “The Heavy,” Murder Falcon would still be worth reading. The frantic ink outlines of the Veldar, the brilliant sound effects (almost a character in their own right), how Daniel Johnson captures facial expressions of sorrow, all combine to make something truly special. Johann’s reaction to the world “This...is the best thing ever!” is my reaction, as well.
Nevertheless, the real power of this issue comes from watching Jake having to reconcile with former band mate Johann. The moment of their reunion, juxtaposed with flashbacks of Johann in Jake’s joyful and painful past, is the heart and the highlight of the book.
The fact that a Veldar gets impaled by a woolly mammoth shortly thereafter is a guitar solo on an already righteous song.