As part of Marvel Legacy, Sam Wilson will return to his iconic moniker. Writer Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris) and artist Joshua Cassara (Secret Empire: Uprising) will chart Sam's solo adventures in Falcon #1, which sees the former Captain America setting off on a new mission with the new Patriot from the Secret Empire: Brave New World.
"At the moment, Sam is in a state of transition," Barnes told ComicBook.com. "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."
"The Patriot helps Falcon connect with the Millennial mindset of today's world," Barnes added. "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."
The Peabody and AFI Award-winning writer will also place Falcon against an unfamiliar threat and foe in the form of the mystical Blackheart. "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," Barnes teased.
Below is the cover to Falcon #1 from artist Jesus Saiz, along with the solicitation text:
FALCON #1Written by RODNEY BARNESPenciled by JOSHUA CASSARACover by JESUS SAIZ
TAKE FLIGHT!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!