09 September 2016
Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine (Issues 1-4) by Jody Houser
Valiant's most demanded hero steps out of Harbinger and into an all-new miniseries adventure!
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 an 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 the high-flying hero that People Magazine calls "a superhero we can all admire."
Collecting: Faith 1-4
When Faith was announced as a spin-off from Harbinger I put it on my pull list immediately. A plus-sized/real-sized superhero who can fly, making her "weightless"? Also a smart lady? Sold. Gimmie. So I originally read this trade in floppies, but I did a quick re-read for our graphic novel group this month.
I really love this arc. Faith steps out on her own as a superhero (and unassuming Buzzfeed-like journalist - the only suggestion I'd make about the disguise is that the wig is a bit obvious it's a wig...) only to discover a secret plot to kidnap psiots! I really love the combination of the two artists' work - one to draw "real life" panels and one to draw Faith's "fantasy" panels. Great to see Archer pop up here (really need to read Armstrong & Archer along with about a hundred other things, haha). I'm so glad to see that Faith is continuing as an ongoing series and that Harbinger Renegades will be starting up as well.
Dear FTC: I bought all the floppies.