At its heart, Murder Falcon is about the power of music to heal. After five issues, it is the sixth that captures this most beautifully and powerfully. It invites the reader to grab a mic and join Jake’s wife and Jake’s band in rage-screaming down their wounds and losses till the tears run out and calm takes their place. Oh yeah, and there’s righteous metal-powered beings from a heavy metal universe tied to instruments that push back the dark forces of Magnum Khaos and his evil Veldar who are trying to destroy the earth…but that’s just the vehicle for one of the best stories around.
If you haven’t been following MF till now, you’ll miss some (but definitely not all) of the emotional impact of this issue. Do yourself a favor: ignore the title, buy all the back issues, and prepare to cheer, laugh, and cry all the way to and through this one.
If you're on the fence about picking up issue #6, get off the fence and get to it. Subverting some of my expectations around Hjelmdar—the new guitarist introduced last time—this issue centers more on Jake’s recently reconciled wife Anne. This is her story, powerfully told and culminating in a double-page spread where her tears matched my own. I know I shouldn’t be crying over a comic called Murder Falcon, but it’s a testament to Daniel Warren Johnson that it keeps happening—and that I can’t get enough.
So yes, in the words of the Murder Falcon himself, “I am becoming emotional,” and I can’t wait till issue #7.