Faith And The Future Force #1 Review
Writer: Jody Houser
Artists: Stephen Segovia and Barry Kitson
Colorists: Ulises Arreola and Dave Sharpe
Associate Editor: Danny Khazem
Editor: Warren Simons
Covers: Jelena Devic-Djurdjevic, Kano, Marguerite Sauvage, Felipe Massafera
Did you read the last issue of Faith? You know, the one where her villains framed her for murder and even after defeating them, she wasn’t cleared. Faith is stuck in her secret identity at Zipline, upset she can’t fight crime. In walks a mysterious woman clad in armor, asking if she wants to save history. As easy as it sounds, it won’t be. It never is and Faith is going to find that out the hard way. That was where Faith 12 left off and Faith And The Future Force 1 begins it’s absolutely fun trip through history.
While it’s billed as the follow-up to Faith’s last series, one could certainly approach this title as a sequel-of-sorts to 2015’s Ivar, Timewalker series, which saw Neela, the armor clad time traveler, take Ivar’s mantle and team with Ank, a female talking dinosaur person. And while the hand off between Faith’s old series and this new one goes well, it does feel like the reader does themselves a bit of a disservice if they are not familiar with the previous Ivar series. It’s quite good and definitely worth picking up. The Future Force reference harkens back to the early days of Valiant. Previously, there was a Rai And The Future Force title that had spun out of the previous Rai title, which had already had a few different characters under the Rai name. It was a title that resided in Valiant’s 4001 era. The two aren’t exactly tied together except in how the title is named. This isn’t exactly a new thing with Valiant, as they had a title called Secret Weapons that also was from the 90s and the concept saw a massive upgrade with last month’s new Secret Weapons book by writer Eric Heisserer.
The big standout to me was how much I enjoyed the art of Stephen Segovia and Barry Kitson on this, plus colors by Ulises Arreola and Dave Sharpe. The art looks very nice, detailed. Good panel layout and vibrant colors that help the art pop. Not to take anything away from Jody Houser; I think she does a great job here as she did in almost all of the previous Faith issues. I expect that now. But the art teams crafts a pretty stellar first issue. While I never disliked any of the previous artists on Faith, I wish we’d have had this team earlier.
Back to the writing, this issue was just flat-out fun. To me, this wasn’t so serious. Faith isn’t so serious herself but this story did feel a bit more light-hearted and humorous. I’m definitely looking forward to more issues. However, I felt there was a good twist in this that I don’t want to spoil in my review but let’s just say that time travel isn’t as easy as it’s intended to be here. It’s been a while since we knew what was going on with Neela and with how the Ivar series wrapped, it’s great to get a story with her having a big part in it.
Valiant has been releasing a new series every last Wednesday of the month and Faith And The Future Force 1 is the new series that you need to pick up. It was an absolute blast to read and every page looked great. If you aren’t familiar with some of the supporting cast, it’s okay because there’s not too much crammed in front of you. A lot of the fun with this series is going to be how much of Valiant’s universe is pulled in and how they interact with the situation. I cannot wait. I hope you cannot either.