Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Francis Portela & Marguerite Sauvage
Valiant Entertainment’s first big miniseries of the year features fan-favorite character Faith (Also known as Zephyr). Faith #1 isn’t Faith’s first appearance, but it is the Harbinger and Unity alum’s first solo title. The character has won over the hearts of many readers with her relatable personality and good intentions. Of course, the hero that’s light as air is also known for representing a demographic that isn’t typically seen in comics, or any medium for that matter. Faith #1 effortlessly gives readers a fun debut while also showing that plus size heroes should have a firm place in comic books.
Jody Houser handles the writing, as Faith finds herself having to adjust to normal superhero life. Houser plays off of classic superhero tropes, like hiding a secret identity in ridiculously subtle ways and going into journalism to stay connected to the city. She successfully sets the tone of the series early, with strong, humorous dialogue that feels fun and authentic all the way through. Faith’s narration leads to smooth transitions between panels and settings, while also leading to the issue being fairly friendly to new Valiant readers. Faith explains how she got to where she is, going through her experiences with Toyo Harada and The Renegades. The issue manages to fill in new readers without being too wordy.
There isn’t too much action in this first issue, which isn’t really a bad thing. Most of the issue is about her adjustment to her new life, which is nothing sort of entertaining. Towards the end of the issue, we get to see Faith showcase a few of her powers. The issue mostly focuses on breathing life into Faith, focusing more on the personality that makes her great rather than her size. The lack of emphasis on her figure makes Faith feel incredibly real. The book does fail to give readers a coherent look at the antagonist, but readers shouldn’t mind waiting another month to see who Faith will be facing.
Francis Portela finds himself in charge of most of the art in the issue, and for the most part Faith #1 looks great. The line work is exceptionally clean and there is an incredible amount of detail in every panel, especially those with Faith actually in action. Whether she is flying or deflecting bullets, Faith looks fantastic. There are a few panels that seem a bit off, mostly due to an inconsistent facial expression or two, but this doesn’t hold the issue back much at all. Marguerite Sauvage handles a few panels as well, which look spectacular. The panels are dream-like, with elegant lines and beautiful expressions.