Review – Faith #1
Writer: Jody Houser
Artists: Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage
Color: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Recap: Joe Quinones
Editor: Tom Brennan
Editor in Chief: Warren Simons
What You Need to Know:
Faith Herbert was part of the cast of Valiant Entertainment’s Harbinger, which ran for 25 issues, written by Joshua Dysart. Previously, she had a one-shot, a rather good one, that talked of her origin and how her parents were killed in a car accident. Her parents only had comic books to give her. She’s basically the ultimate geeky kid to get superpowers. Her abilities include telekinetic flight and she can move objects.
So now she’s been boosted to a 4-issue mini-series by Jodie Houser. She seems to be going the Clark Kent route as a journalist of sorts. She has a secret identity, disguises herself as a redhead with glasses. And still true to the character, she’s still dreaming of being the great hero. There’s something going down with dog thieves and some mysterious people on the run from…something? Hey, it’s the first issue, so we know it will get explained. We can’t spoil everything right away.
Valiant is starting things strong in 2016. I liked this a lot but then again, I tend to like just about everything that is tied to Harbinger. It was the kind of book that Valiant needed right out of the gate and it had a great cast and Faith was a big part of it. She’s a fan-friendly character that a lot of readers can identify with. She was that comic nerd-geek type that got abilities and wanted to be like the characters in the books and shows. She’s still that here. There is character growth from the last appearances. This is a strong issue from Valiant. No longer with the Renegades, she has a group at her job she hangs with, although, she’s more of an outsider, looking in on their conversations about the heroes.
I am going to say this: it’s great to see a well-written female character that does not look like a sculpted goddess. It’s something pretty different from what other companies are doing. Kudos to Valiant.
Also, great art team. It’s one of the things I really enjoy about Valiant’s comic books. They have good art in them. They are nice to look at. Francis Portela does the main lifting on art for this issue, focusing on Faith’s current events, while Marguerite Sauvage handled the fantasy sequences in the book. The individual styles are different from one another. One page that I really enjoyed was near the end, when Faith used her telekinesis to block the bullets from harming the dogs. Just a clean page, good layout and use of panel. Done in a way where dialogue and captions don’t hinder the look and feel.
My only real complaint about this issue is that it would be nice to have a bit more knowledge about what’s going down in this issue. There’s some missing teens on the run, they look abused but you don’t know anything much else. But like said up above, it’s the first issue and you can’t give everything away.
The End Result
Do you read Valiant? Then you are picking this up. But, this should be the kind of book that attracts readers from outside that circle. It’s a good first issue.