Saturday, January 23, 2016

Faith #1 (Valiant)
Releases January 27th 2016
$3.99 - 32 Pages for T+
Written by JODY HOUSER
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (NOV151704)
Variant Cover by KANO (NOV151706)
Variant Cover by COLLEEN COOVER (NOV151707)
Blank Cover also available (NOV151705)

"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 into her harms 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?

Rising star Jody Houser (Orphan Black) and explosive artists Francis Portela (Green Lantern) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells) pilot a new chapter for Valiant’s high-flying hero right here in Faith’s first-ever limited series!"

Review by Stephen M.

I use to read Valiant's Harbinger original run in the 1990s, a group of "psiots" struggling against the diabolical Toyo Harada whose bent on conquering the world.  Not much has change in Valiant's current reboot go around, but in a breath of fresh air we get a limited series of one of Harbinger's more relatable and popular character in Faith.  In the limited series, Harada has been already defeated and we meet Faith as she relocates to a new city starting up a new life while still crime fighting as Zephyr.

Written by Jody Houser whose work includes Orphan Black, Avengers: No More Bullying and Vertigo CMYK does a great job in the debut issue in balancing an introduction to the character while offering enough excitement and suspense to wanting you to read more.  The foray into solo super-heroing along with the sly humor in the issue actually reminds me of the pilot episode of CW's Super Girl.  The scene with the neighbors and puppies for me has Faith #1 leaps and bounds over Super Girl's pilot episode with Houser showing us that given the right characters can make them truly fly.  Yes Faith's character Zephyr does fly.

The artwork in this series is actually quite interesting with a shared workload between Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage.  Francis who may be more well known for his DC Comics works including Legion of Super-heroes and Green Lantern Corps is the primary artist for Faith.  Marguerite has an equally impressive resume including DC Bombshells and Thor draws Faith's, ahem, daydream sequences.  These daydream sequences of which she apparently has a lot of usually involves saving handsome blond actors adds to the hilarity of the comic especially with Marguerite's style.  On Francis's part, for the most part it is on the money, but there are noticeable inconsistencies especially in Faith's facial features from panel to panel.

Overall, I would highly recommend the series for just Houser's writing.  The book is a fresh breath of air to the mostly gloomy titles that most publishers are churning out.  Not that I don't expect some dastardly deeds and destruction to come Faith's way given the cliffhanger ending of issue #1.  If you like super hero comics like the recent Ms. Marvel or She Hulk when she was Sensational, you'll enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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