Review – Faith, Issue 5
Writers: Jody Houser, Louise Simonson and Rafer Roberts
Artists: Meghan Hetrick, Pere Perez and Colleen Doran
Fantasy Sequence Artist: Marguerite Sauvage
Color Art: Andrew Dalhouse and David Baron
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Assistant Editor: Lauren Hitzhusen
Editor: Tom Brennan
Editor-In-Chief: Warren Simons
This article contains spoilers about Faith 5 from Valiant Entertainment.
Faith’s ongoing has had her fighting her first super villain and then doing battle at the local comic book convention. What’s next in store for Faith Herbert? Let’s find out.
There are three stories involving Faith in this issue. The first story sees Faith getting sent to investigate the catatonic state of a bunch of would-be actors at a casting studio, with one missing from the scene. As she dives deeper into the situation, Faith recognizes Project Rising Spirit’s involvement. The second part of this issue involves Faith covering a Hillary Clinton rally and intervening in an attempt to stop a psiot from crashing a helicopter. Story three involves Faith busting up some bad guys with guns but the real meat of the story involves a little psiot girl being used to hurt others.
I thought this issue was fantastic! One thing that I like is that the threats are starting to ramp up. Something I’ve mentioned on the Get Valiant! podcast is that the threats haven’t felt quite so threatening. I felt this issue turned the page on that. Also, this issue felt more connected to the larger Valiant Universe, with PRS being involved in story one, X-O Manowar and Livewire making appearances in the second part and @x helping Faith in the third act.
The writing was on-point, with Jody Houser still crafting a very interesting corner of the Valiant world for Faith to play in. The other two stories where handled by comics legend Louise Simonson and Archer And Armstrong’s Rafer Roberts. It was all enjoyable, but I thought that Jody easily put the more enjoyable story into this title.
I feel like a majority that are going to have something to say about this issue are going to be critical of the middle story involving Hillary Clinton and her bid for the White House. Politics have been so ugly and draining this year and as much as I do avoid most everything to do with the election this close to it happening, I thought the Simonson story was actually a good one, as it wasn’t one that formally endorsed any candidate. Yes, it was favorable to an extent, but I do feel that with Faith being who she is, it would make sense to have some sort of story like this. I thought the Rafer Roberts story with the little psiot girl was fairly compelling and yet another great example of connecting Faith to the rest of the characters.
I’d rather just keep Pere Perez on the main stories, as I find he does an outstanding job with the art duties on Faith’s adventures. This issue saw Meghan Hetrick hop on for the main story and while I just like what Perez brings to the book, I did rather enjoyed her interior work on Faith. The pencils could be just a bit tighter in detail but it’s a very small complaint. Sadly, I didn’t really think much of Colleen Doran’s pages. I just feel they needed a bit more work.
Another great issue from what seems to be Valiant’s big hit. Pick up Faith 5 for the stories. And regardless of where you land politically, it’s still one of the best all-ages superhero books around.
PROS: Houser’s writing makes these stories stand out as something special. Pere Perez is a real talent with what he brings to each page. Faith is the kind of book that the industry needs more of: comics for readers of any age.
CONS: At this point, does anyone want to read about anything involving the Presidential Candidates? I can’t think so.