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Avengers #64

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2003
By: Jason Cornwell

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Ivan Reis (p), Oclair Albert (i)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

A day in the life issue that follows the Falcon, who is enjoying his newfound status as an Avengers, as he extends an offer of help to Henry Peter Gyrich, and rescues a pair of kidnapped teens from a crazed costumed villain.

A solid little done-in-one adventure that should nicely introduce the Falcon to newer readers, while at the same time Geoff Johns does a pretty nice job of including new material, such as Falcon's ability to communicate with all birds, so longtime readers such as myself will also find some entertainment within these pages. Now I must admit I've never been much of a fan of the Falcon, but this is largely due to the fact that the character has spent most of his time tinkering around the edges of the Marvel Universe, as except for a rather unremarkable stint with the Avengers, and his various appearances in the pages of Captain America, my only other exposure to the character was his miniseries from the early 1980s, that I liberated from the back issue bins once I learned Christopher Priest once worked under the name Jim Owsley.

Now, Geoff Johns has done a pretty solid job of inserting the character into the Avengers fold, and this issue does a nice job of showing the character in action as he deals with Marvel's version of the Scarecrow. As for the art, Ivan Reis turns out some very solid work, as the flying sequences do a wonderful job of taking the reader off the ground, and there's a great shot of the Falcon descending upon the villain, followed by an army of avian attackers.

Final Word:
A nice solid introduction to the Falcon, as we not only get inside the character's head to see what makes him tick, but we also get a pretty solid summation of his past, and a good sample of his abilities, including the revelation of a new talent that nicely ups the character's power levels. This issue also offers up the continuation of another subplot that had been playing out in the pages of the series, as Henry Peter Gyrich's little crisis of which cart he's going to hitch his horse to, advances quite nicely in this issue. My only quibble with this issue is that the villain Falcon is sent up against is so unimpressive a threat that the battle never really conveys any sense of excitement. However, the character study material is enough to have me recommending this issue.

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