Writer: Jody houser
Artist: Francis Portela & Marguerite Sauvage
The first issue of Faith soared above expectations with critical success and multiple printings. Faith #1 was a fun, yet smart issue that played off of the many tropes we see in comic books while also doing plenty in order to stand out as its own series. Faith #2 builds off of the first issue with quite a bit of exposition, and while it is not as thrilling as the debut, it still has quite a bit to offer, especially to those who haven’t read any Valiant titles until now.
Following the attack at the end of the first issue, Faith is left wanting answers, as she realizes that whatever is going on is putting innocent lives at risk. The issue is fairly balanced between both of Faith’s identities, with an emphasis on her using her day job in order to get answers and possibly help from an old ex. There isn’t much action, and the issue is mostly a slow burn full of dialogue to set up the second half of the story. Jody Houser ensures that the issue isn’t too slow though, using strong dialogue to keep the story engaging. I have one small gripe with the issues pacing, especially towards the end of the issue that simply ends way too suddenly.
Of course, one of the best parts of the first issue is how the titular character is actually handled, as it didn’t emphasis Faith’s weight at all. In the same way that the body shapes of other superheroes aren’t emphasized too much, Faith’s body isn’t the focal point of the series. Houser writes Faith like a character, and writes her incredibly well. The only comment on Faith’s appearance comes from a rather pretentious character who is quickly silenced. As a whole this series contains a positive message for a body-type that isn’t represented enough media by not making it a big deal.
Francis Portela’s art has improved significantly since the first issue, with most of the flaws disappearing. The characters’ all have consistent expressions that tell a lot, and as a whole the art adds an incredible amount of emotion to the story. Marguerite Sauvage’s fantasy sequences remain beautiful, and are some of the best looking pages in the book. The panels have fairly simple layouts, but this title doesn’t need anything too elaborate to remain engaging.
Faith #2 is a bit slower than the first issue, but that doesn’t stop the creative team from still delivering a fun ride that sets up the second half of the miniseries efficiently. The protagonist is still easy to love and the series’ brings quite a bit to comics that we don’t see enough of us. Faith is still a must read for anyone wanting something a little different for their superhero stories.