Here we are at the final moment, as both Falcon and Winter Soldier have to hold their own against the Natural, who doesn’t pull his punches. Not only that, but the big reveal of who will be Hydra Supreme is coming as Veronica and Baron Zemo get ready to square off. Falcon & Winter Soldier has been the perfect romp through the Marvel Universe to remind us of the characteristics of Bucky, Falcon, and Baron Zemo — lots of action and humor collide in this conclusion.
SPOILERS AHEAD for Falcon & Winter Soldier #5!
Federico Vicentini is the artist for this issue and the entire mini-series and I have to say that I really enjoyed the consistency of his art. There were moments of humorous engagement between characters, dynamic action that takes you on a tour of the page, along with moments of talk that are never stagnant. Right off the bat, the action continues from last issue as we see Bucky and Falcon fighting with the Natural. The creative team isn’t afraid to let Sam or Buck take a punch or be on the downside of the fight, which also serves as a great reminder as to why these two men are heroes and have had the honor of being Cap.
Something I found really awesome about the fight scene between the two former Caps and the Natural was the moment they started to turn the tide — you could see a rhythm between the two heroes and I thought that was really something to point it out to the Natural with his inexperience.
Speaking of rhythm, I really do appreciate the creative flow that comes from this team. Federico picks up great moments from Derek Landy’s script and makes sure to give them the highlight they need. It can range from a full page moment to a small facial gag that helps highlight a joke. These two really bonded quite nicely just like our heroes did.
I did feel like Baron Zemo could have used more page time in this series. I really enjoy the moments that he has on panel and I think Derek could’ve given him even more great moments. I really did have to get a laugh out of the running gag about Zemo’s hand and the characterization was just spot-on with Zemo being sleazy and out for himself.
Derek creates quite the interesting twist by having the characters team up to take on Hydra which I found to be quite refreshing as it was a bunch of mercenaries and Sam against a set of henchmen. That “what’s best for me” mentality was perfectly played here and also continues to play out as a way to teach the Natural about how to read the fight and the players. Derek crafts some fantastic dialogue about Cap’s legacy, what it means to be a hero, and finding what is worthwhile about what you do.
This was a perfect glimpse into Sam and Bucky’s friendship while also embracing the humor the MCU has given these two characters that will probably play out in the Disney+ show. There’s action, there’s adventure, and we finally get to meet Sally McKenzie who helped kick off this whole story.
Falcon & Winter Soldier told a great story in a fun, thrilling ride, and best of all this conclusion made it all worth it. This series put two classic Marvel heroes together in an adventure that made sense and also tested their mettle. Consistent art and writing make this a fun read to reunite with these characters or see them in their glorious comic book form.
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