Joel says, “The Falcon I remember had no powers. He owed his ability to fly to a pair of jet-engine tipped glider wings attached directly to his brain! Well, supposedly, the Cosmic Cube gave Falcon the ability to his pet bird, Redwing, but that’s kind of lame, so I’m ignoring that.”
In this design, Joel has really simplified the previous designs of Falcon over the years and played up the sleek nature inherent with the bird itself. Joel has done a great job of depicting Falcon’s wings and how they would work with his arms, although I’d be keenly interested in a rear view of the character’s design to see how they are attached to the torso.
While I’ve never been\nable to figure out a reason for the golden beak on any designs besides the aesthetics of it, Joel’s design for the mask itself is practical for full range of vision\nand hearing, as well as masquerading Falcon’s identity. Of the entire re-design, particularly enjoy the chest design. It plays up a smaller element seen the 1974 Sal Buscema design, and works to simply and better characterize the overall direction of the character.