When the Dark Falcon came to Troncol City everyone was happy to have a superhero in the community. But now, two years later, things aren’t so peachy. “He’s a psychotic creature,” says Dr. Janet Newman. “He’s inflicting his own personal justice and vengeance on the innocent people of the city.”
And that’s the truth. The Dark Falcon is actually an unchecked supervillain in a city without superheroes. During the day he pretends to be a supersonic public servant, but at night he does whatever the hell he wants. “He’s a regular Marquise De fucking Sade,” says a police detective who’s working overtime to clip the birdman’s wings.
The Dark Falcon is a dark cloud hanging over the city, but he’s really not a character at all. He’s killing people, raping women, and manipulating politicians, but we have no idea who this guy really is. He’s a guy in a costume. That’s it.
Many of the characters in this book are similarly underdeveloped. Detective Robert Murdock, for example, is the kind of guy who says, “Come to papa” when sticking a cigar in his mouth (ew!), but his nuanced voice is inconsistent and his noir flourishes are unconvincing.
For some reason, female characters have a better go of it. Dr. Newman exposes the Dark Falcon’s evil proclivities and she comes on strong at the novel’s climax. Good for her. Even better is Lux Diamond. Raped and tormented by the Falcon, she seeks revenge in the most colorful fashion. She only pops up a few times, but she’s like a stick of dynamite every time we see her. It’s too bad the author didn’t give readers a chance to get to know her (and the Dark Falcon) better.
[The Nineteenth Encounter / By A.S. Albrecht / First Printing: December 2010 / ISBN: 9781456316709]