Review: Faith #2
Breathe a sigh of relief, everyone. The world’s new favorite superhero Zephyr is safe for now after the incident that closed the previous issue.
This issue of Faith seems a bit less excited, but that is because our titular heroine is beginning to understand what it means to be “a hero in the real world.” Though, there are still those brilliant and hilarious fantasy sequences illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage in the issue. The one with Faith telling off her ex Torque and inviting him to her wedding to generic movie star Chris Criswell was especially relatable. Sauvage also does a great job of making Faith look like the magical object of desire that she is in her own head, full of sparkles, bright colors and everyone remarking on how amazing she is. Which she definitely, one thousand percent is, but Sauvage’s playful style really does compliment the world in Faith’s head.
The real world is of course more complicated. On top of Faith feeling guilty for the house explosion that nearly killed a little girl, Faith is forced to review Torque’s new reality show by her boss after she falls asleep during a meeting. Having a hard time believing that her ex could waste his power like this, she decides to confront him directly.
Jody Houser’s writing in this issue overall is pretty heartbreaking, especially with the fate of Sam, but this scene in particular was a gut punch, with Torque simultaneously acting exactly in line with and the opposite of Faith’s expectations of him with his newly found fame. Part of what makes Faith such a great comic is how relatable it can be and while we may not have superpowers, we’ve all had that person who lets us down that we wish would be better. What makes it all the worse though is his new girlfriend making a vaguely fatphobic comment about her as she flies away, saying that Torque “really traded up” and Torque can only manage a meek “Shut up, Sidney” in return. Even with Faith out of earshot, that somehow hurts more than Torque letting her down.
Faith also attempts to stretch her reporting wings by trying to look into the disappearance of Sam, but it appears that whoever has Sam is watching her as well. Plus, it’s hard to be a good reporter when your boss is constantly undermining you and rewriting your articles. Between her actions and Francis Portela’s way of drawing her, Mimi could easily be the most despicable villain in any piece of literature since JK Rowling created Dolores Umbridge. However, the confrontation doesn’t happen in this issue because there’s yet another cliffhanger as those mysterious evil forces come looking for Faith.
While this issue is still getting into the harsher realities of being a hero, Faith still has a whole lot of heart. Between the nice little details of Sauvage and Portela’s art and the way Houser balances the happier and sadder sides of Faith’s character in writing, the Valiant mini-series is shaping up to be quite a standout as it hits the halfway mark.
Story: Jody Houser Art: Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage, and Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review