Valiant Hero Of The Week: Faith
Every Monday for the next few weeks, Valiant Entertainment is running a poll on Twitter to provide fans with some escapism while new comics are in short supply. The poll allows Valiant fans the opportunity to select the “Hero Of The Week” from four choices. That week’s hero will then be the focus of free pdfs featuring the character, videos from Valiant staff, giveaways, and more. This week, the poll featured Faith, Ninjak, Roku, and Ivar, Timewalker.
This week’s winner was…
Who is she? Faith is the kind of character that you could meet at a convention and shoot the shit with. She’s a nerd that loves comics, DND, fantasy books and movies, and who just happens to be a young superhero by the name of Zephyr. But then since everybody seems to know Zephyr’s real name, Faith has a secret identity that is based entirely off what she thinks a hero should do in their off hours. Because Clark Kent is a reporter, Faith begins working at
a newspaper an online gossip magazine because newspaper circulation is notoriously low these days.
When you’re reading a book with Faith, it’s very easy to see yourself in her. She’s a comic book fan who’s also a superhero. She has a history with the Harbinger Foundation (which you can read about in Harbinger), but it doesn’t define who she is; Faith is a happy, bubbly person who is more concerned with doing what’s right than she is almost anything else.
She’s the purest hero in the Valiant Universe.
What should you read?
Faith: Hollywood And Vine
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!
Hollywood And Vine was actually my first introduction to Faith, and I quickly fell in love with the comic and the character. There’s a fantastic moment in the third issue of the series that finds Faith in a literal and metaphorical closet as trouble closes in around her. What she does, or doesn’t do next is one of the most interesting and fist bumpingly awesome moments I’ve read in awhile. This book starts Jody Houser’s run on the character, and it’s a really good run.
Faith: California Scheming
In a city under siege by robots, aliens, monsters, and even worse… celebrities, there is only one woman the people of Los Angeles can count on: the stratospheric superhero called Faith! Aspiring reporter by day and dedicated crime-fighter by night, Faith has tackled every obstacle in her path with confidence – like those crushing deadlines at work, the long-distance boyfriend half a world away, and the missing back issues that plague her comics collection! But, unbeknownst to her, Faith is about to collide with the one force she never saw coming: an up-and-coming super-villain bent on snuffing her out once and for all! But who is lurking behind the mask of her new foe…and could they just be the one person capable of rendering Faith powerless?
After the magic of the miniseries, which you can read about above if you haven’t (though why you’d skip to a different heading, I’m not sure), Valiant began an ongoing series staring the character with the creative team in tact. This is another solid introduction to the character, but it doesn’t quite capture the magic of the first volume (in fairness, it was never going to be as good in my eyes because of the third issue of the mini), but it comes very close. This is a great follow up to Hollywood And Vine, and one I have no hesitation in recommending.
Faith And The Future Force
Faith “Zephyr” Herbert – former member of Unity, current Harbinger Renegade, and Los Angeles’ #1 superhero – is the universe’s last, best chance at survival! Centuries from today, a devious artificial intelligence has unleashed a blistering attack on the very foundations of time…one that is unwriting history from beginning to end! Now, with her options exhausted, Neela Sethi, Timewalker – the self-appointed protector of what is and will be – has returned to the 21st century to recruit Earth’s greatest champions of today and tomorrow to oppose this existential threat…and she needs Faith to lead them! But why Faith? And why now?
I’m a sucker for time travel stories. I’ll make no apologies for that. So when this came along with Faith and a really well crafted four issue miniseries that takes moments from the classic Bill Murray flick Groundhog Day and strains them through a superhero filter. It would be fun enough on its own, but when you add Faith’s nerd cred to the story, the entire thing becomes what can only be described as organized chaos. It’s a really fun yarn, and introduces you to Neela Sethi and Ank if you haven’t read Ivar, Timewalker already as the pair try and stop a universe ending threat dozens of times…
It’s worth noting that you can get Deluxe Editions of many of these stories that collect what amounts to three trades in a hardcover. They are comparatively better valued, but present a higher initial cost (based on standard retail pricing not including sales and discounts). They’re my personal preference.
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