Review: Faith #3

faith_003_cover-b_sauvageMild-mannered blogger by day. L.A.’s leading superhero by night. Faith Herbert – aka the high-flying hero called Zephyr – has come a long way since she first set foot in the City of Angels. But nothing can prepare her for the pinnacle of all her experiences to date: California’s biggest comic book convention! But even amidst a sea of fellow fans, cosplayers, and collectibles, crime waits for no man! With thousands watching and even more at stake, can Faith prevent all-pandemonium – and preserve her secret identity – when the fun turns to frenzy?

I have two questions for you; 1) Do you read comics? 2) Have you ever thought about being a superhero?

If the answer is yes to one of those, then you should really think about adding Faith to your pull list. There’s a lightness to this issue that, while present all series, isn’t as frequently seen in other comics.The closest I can get to describing this series without any spoilers is that it’s Ultimate Spider-Man for a new generation – it’s a fun, upbeat and positive comic, but it’s also telling some really great stories.

Now if you’ll allow me to get a little personal, today wasn’t exactly the best of days for me (I’ll spare you the details), so when I sat down with the print copy of Faith #3 it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that I was in need of a bit of a pick-me-up.

And for the ten minutes or so it took me to read the comic, I can honestly say I felt better. This was exactly what I needed after the day I had; with Faith I was able to ignore the world and get lost in the comic as the titular character attended a comic book convention with her boyfriend, the sheltered former assassin Archer. It’s a brilliant read, and I honestly cannot recommend this series to you enough.

The art in the fantasy sequences is whimsically brilliant, Pere Perez (with Andrew Dalhouse‘s colouring) and  Maguerite Sauvage handle different segments of the comic, but their styles complement each other fantastically well – so well, in fact, that I’m running out of hyperbolic adjectives to describe this comic.

If you read comics, or you’re involved in geek culture in anyway, then this is the series for you. Faith reminds me why I love comics every month, and I can’t thank Jody Houser, Pere Perez, Andrew Dalhouse and Maugerite Sauvage enough for that.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Pere Perez Colour Art: Andrew Dalhouse
Fantasy Sequence (line & colour art): Marguerite Sauvage
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review, but I read the print version which I paid for at my comic shop.