Advance Review: Faith #1


Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once-ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws her into harm’s way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!

But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought when Zephyr uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?

I’m not sure how Valiant does it so well. They really are not doing anything new in the superhero genre. I suspect all they do is follow the old US Navy principle: KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Their stories are simple in design, and they avoid unnecessary complexity.

Which brings us to their latest release: Faith. It is touted as the first comic to feature a plus-sized superhero. However, its appeal goes beyond that. Her popularity is grounded in the fact that the character is one of us. She’s not perfect, but aspires for greatness. She’s gifted with psionic powers, but flawed–and I’m not talking about the weight. She is human and super; that’s all.

FAITH_001_005Jody Houser, in the first issue, sets Faith’s first solo adventure in all too familiar surroundings. She has a new secret identity, a new apartment in LA, and a new job as … surprise … a mild-mannered journalist (at a hipster news blog site). At home she does the same things most of us do: deal with the neighbor’s shit, watch a little TV, read a little sci-fi and fantasy, blog a little, fantasize about sex; and later, go out and fight crime in her spare time as her alter ego, Zephyr (ok, most of us don’t fight crime, but many of us do volunteer work, or do a little extra something to help society). Again, therein lies the appeal, she is one of us, a fellow geek.

The art by Francis Portela is well rendered, with Marguerite Sauvage adding her magic touch to the fantasy sequences. The colors are bright, and add to the positive vibe of the book.

I highly recommend you go out and buy it. This introductory issue is a fun simple read, and sets the stage for a larger alien kidnapping conspiracy that will envelop Zephyr, aka Faith, in the exciting Valiant Universe.

Also, if you have some spare time, take a listen to the awesome podcast with Jody Houser here.

Story: Jody Hauser Art: Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review