Comic Reviews: Falcon and Winter Soldier and Amethyst!
Falcon & Winter Soldier #1 (Marvel Comics)
Seeing as how they have a shiny new Disney+ series on the way, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are due for new comic series. While not in the MCU, the Derek Landry and Federico Vincentini new series delves straight into the espionage side of the Marvel Comic universe, and the results are an engaging and thrilling new entry for the two former Captain Americas.
When an office full of government agents is wiped out, it’s assumed that the Winter Soldier is behind it. However, Bucky’s not to blame, and when Sam Wilson arrives at the same scene, the two are quickly embroiled in a vast conspiracy that has ties to Hydra, who are a planning a big comeback after the death of their leader, Baron Zemo.
Right off the bat, Derek Landry’s script starts off at 10 and doesn’t let up. Both amazingly frenetic and able to set up the engaging mystery from the beginning, Landry absolutely nails the tone that you would want from a comic starring these two characters, and it straddles the line between being set in the larger Marvel universe and being a good starting point for fans of the MCU versions of the characters.
Just as thrilling as Landry’s script is Federico Vincentini’s art. A perfect mix of Ryan Stegman and Greg Capullo, Vincentini’s style hits the gas pedal on this series and makes an instant impression. I haven’t seen much of Vincentini’s art before this, but I’m absolutely positive that we’ll be seeing more from this artist in the near future.
Fans of Bucky and Sam Wilson are in for a real treat with this series, as Falcon and Winter Soldier makes a huge instant impression and never lets up. This is the exact kind of series that Marvel should be publishing for these characters, and if we’re lucky, the live action Falcon and Winter Soldier will be just as good as this.
Amethyst #1 (DC Comics)
As someone who knows next to nothing about Amethyst, the real draw for me behind Amethyst #1 was Amy Reeder. The writer/artist is a huge deal in the comics world, and there’s been a lot of hype around this upcoming series from DC. And as someone with very minimal knowledge of the character, I was plenty surprised to find out how much I enjoyed this opening issue.
Amy is a child of two worlds. On our Earth, she’s a regular sixteen year old girl. On Gemworld, she’s Princess Amethyst, the protector of her world. Upon arriving in Gemworld on her birthday, Amy discovers that her kingdom is in shambles. This leads her to investigate her kingdom, which will lead to a stunning discovery: her parents are alive, and she doesn’t know it yet!
Amy Reeder’s script is a pretty fantastic look into the world of Amethyst, but at no time does it bog you down with too many details and lore. Instead, Reeder gives us a quick recap into Amethyst’s world and surroundings, and then starts the mystery. This kind of brick storytelling is very welcome, and I was very impressed with Reeder’s storytelling ability here. It’s truly a fantastic opening issue for this character.
Even better than Reeder’s script is her art, which features a ton of absolutely stellar panels that highlight the world of Gemworld. The sheer amount of creativity on display here is astounding, and Reeder clearly has had a blast creating and designing this world for DC. Her career was already pretty stellar in comics, and this should make here even more important in the industry.
Amethyst serves as a fantastic template for an opening issue. It explains the character and her world without info dumping you, contains a compelling premise, and has a lead character that you really like. If all goes well, this should be a solid seller for DC, and we’ll see a ton of new readers coming in to comic shops.
Posted on February 26, 2020, in Comic reviews and tagged Amethyst, Amy Reeder, DC Comics, Derek Landry, Falcon, Falcon and Winter Soldier, Federico Vincentini, Marvel Comics, Winter Soldier. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.