Next month sees the release of Marvel Studio’s next Disney+ series – Falcon & Winter Soldier. To coincide, we have the first volume of a new ongoing series featuring the pair. An office of dead government agents. A gifted new killer. Two ex-Captain Americas…When a dramatic attempt on the life of Bucky Barnes reunites him with Sam Wilson, the two old friends are plunged headlong into a race to uncover the new leader of Hydra before a mass casualty event announces the terror group’s resurgence to the world. The clock is ticking…
Both Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes have become crucial parts of the Captain America mythos in recent years. In addition to both having their own ongoing series, they have both taken up the Captain America mantle at different times. But whilst both admire Steve Rogers and try to stick by his values when it comes to being a hero, they both largely operate under government agencies and therefore often deal with a darker side of the Marvel Universe. This is spotlighted in the series as they investigate the murders of several members of a group dedicated to stopping American terrorist cells.
As previously mentioned, whilst both have previously been Captain America, they are very different from Steve Rogers. Sam is a very much by the books operative, and generally prefers to stick to the rules. Bucky – on the other hand – is more than willing to bend those rules or flout them entirely. It makes for a great dynamic that easily carries this first volume. As the main purpose of this series is more than likely to introduce Falcon and Winter Soldier to new readers, it makes sense that the main focus of this opening volume is establishing the pair’s individual characteristics. Derek Landy proves to have a great understanding of both characters and creates many memorable moments between the two based on their clashing personalities. Fans of the buddy cop genre will appreciate the direction the series takes. There also some memorable new villains at play which gives Sam and Bucky more to play off.
On the art side, Federico Vinentini does a tremendous job. This is a largely action driven series and there are some very brutal fight scenes which fits with the tone Landy is trying to establish. But there is an also a stylish approach to the art which helps play into the more noir/suspense side of the series. In general, Vinentini is a perfect fit for the direction this series takes.
This is an ideal introduction to new readers wishing to learn more about Falcon and Winter Soldier prior to their Disney+ series. In addition, it is also an encouraging start to many exciting things to come and will more than satisfy long-time fans of the characters.
Falcon & Winter Soldier Vol. 1 is out now from Marvel (9781302923099, p/b, £13.50)
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