"The Falcon #1" cover
Credit: Jesus Saiz (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Marvel Comics

TV wrtier Rodney Barnes and artist Joshua Cassara are the creative team behind the new Marvel Comics "Legacy" ongoing series the The Falcon, according to ComicBook. Scheduled to launch later this year, The Falcon will star Sam Wilson - returning to his original comic book identity after spending the last several years as Captain America.

"At the moment, Sam is in a state of transition," said Barnes. "He feels guilty about his relationship with Steve Rogers and wonders if he didn't pick up clues as to what team Steve was really playing for what else has he missed? So he's backing away from the limelight for a spell and taking a more grass roots approach to making the world a better place. He needs a break and some distance between himself and the role he's played as of late. He's disappointed in Steve Rogers and in himself for not seeing the signs sooner. This is a time for resetting the table."

Credit: Jesus Saiz (Marvel Comics)

As the Falcon, Wilson was most commonly the sidekick/partner of Captain America - now in The Falcon, Wilson will have his own sidekick: the Patriot, a.k.a. Rayshaun Lucas.

"The Patriot helps Falcon connect with the Millennial mindset of today's world," Barnes said. "Sam typically deals with his own peer group who sees the world much like he does. Shaun is an optimist and this helps to balance the sense of self-doubt Sam's going through. There are some similarities in Sam's relationship with Rayshaun to the one he had with Joaquin Torres, but Sam was in a different place then. Much more the typical authoritarian. Here he's second guessing himself and Shaun isn't afraid to point that out."

Wilson and Lucas' first opponent together will be Blackheart, the son of Mephisto. If you think a magical foe is an odd one for Wilson, you'd be right, according to Barnes.

"Genre wise there's a blending of urban street sensibilities with dark magic. Sam's never been to the place we're taking him and it's going to take more than muscle to overcome the obstacles in his path," said Barnes. "My hope is that taking Sam out of his typical environment will cause him to use wits of a different sort. The fight now is from the inside out. And since he's soul searching it felt kind of cool to put him in the spiritual realm. Blackheart was a character I've appreciated for a long time. I felt his frustration at being a second stringer on the demon totem pole so why wouldn't he take his shot at shaking up the world? If a bad kid won't listen to his parents surely a demon son wouldn't take well to conformity either."

Wilson's recent past as Captain America casts a long shadow over The Falcon series, but Barnes aims to re-establish the hero to himself and the moniker of the Falcon.

"By the end of my run, my hope is that Sam will be clear minded and focused as to his place in the Marvel Universe," Barnes said. "He's worn a lot of hats over the last few years and that's sort of disrupted his sense of self. The plan is to restore that. I'd say the tone is more personal and intimate. Often times superheroes become so connected to the missions at hand that they forget there's a real person under the costume."

Here is the solicitation for the first issue:

Continuing directly out of the pages of MARVEL LEGACY #1!
Sam Wilson – winged warrior, avian Avenger and one-time sentinel of liberty – takes to the skies again, reborn and recommitted as the fighter for freedom, THE FALCON!
Engaged in an all-new assignment while training his new partner THE PATRIOT, Sam Wilson soars high and sees all. But Sam’s new mission finds him on a collision course with an enemy way out of his weight class—the demonic BLACKHEART! From the stratosphere to the streets, the Marvel Universe now has a high-flying hero circling above them ready to strike!

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