So this is a review of a trade paperback of Faith from Valiant Comics and written by Jody Hauser.
The Premise: Faith has recently left her old superhero team to go solo. Secret identity and all. By day, mild mannered blogger, by night, high flying Zephyr! But psionts all over town have started going missing, and it’s up to Faith to find out why.
I should say I went into this with a lot of hope. A plus sized super hero? What’s not to love? We love some good body positive representation around these parts.
That being said, this book felt like I was coming into the middle of the story. And it’s because I was. This book makes up Comics 1-5 of Faith’s first stand alone book. Which means she has had her backstory already explained in someone else’s book. She has had other adventures that I haven’t gotten to read about.
Now this book did try and explain a few things about her past with her previous team, but it felt less like exposition and more like someone singing their “shoulda coulda woulda’s” out at times. Which, to be fair, I guess was the point. I just kinda hate whiney characters right now in my life I guess.
Maybe it’s the pandemic?
The overall story for this opening salvo of books was good. I liked how they used Hollywood and comic stereotypes and the nice twist was just that, nice. Not terribly exciting if you’ve read a lot of comics, but still a fun twist.
The art by Francis Portela, Terry Pallot, Andrew Dalhouse, and Marguerite Savage was perfectly fine. The cover art by Jelana Kevic-Djurdjevic and Stephanie Hans was lovely.
Overall I’d say I give the book a solid 3 out of 5 stars.