Writer: Rodney Barnes / Artist: Joshua Cassara / Marvel Comics

After five issues, Rodney Barnes’ first arc of Sam Wilson’s journey in Falcon comes to a close. After flying to Chicago and trying to solve gang violence within a day (Issues# 1-3) and fighting his way back from hell (Issue# 4) it is time for Sam to take on Blackheart — the main villain of it all.

All of the players who were newly introduced in issue #4 continue to play a role here as Daimon takes on his family, Patriot and Joaquin [new codename TBD] become brothers in arms, and Sam tries to tie it all together.

Issue #4 was definitely the series’ best issue to date as the first three suffered from a combination of awkward dialogue and plot developments that left you wondering, “wait…ho-… how did we get here??” Fortunately, Falcon #5 continues that trajectory in the right direction.

The next arc looks like it’ll have Sam going up against Vampires in Brooklyn so expect some more fun appearances from that arena. Deacon Frost has already shown up. (Is Redwing still half-vampire? If so, that could play out nicely.)

The strength of these last two issues and a slight obsession with vampires are enough to keep me on board going into the next arc. Now if we can get some Blade characters thrown in the mix it should be a fun ride.

8 Salty Demon Guards out of 10

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