Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Faith #1

   Give Valiant credit for giving a series to a somewhat unlikely superhero.

   Most stars of such books are examples of the heroic ideal (there are exceptions, of course). The men all have rippling muscles and the women are all supermodels, with big chests, thin waists and without a trace of cellulite.

   But Faith doesn't fit that mold. She's a big girl, neither muscular or willowy - overweight but still dedicated to using her powers to help others.

   First created in the Harbinger series, as of this issue she's on her own. She moved to Los Angeles to make a new life for herself,  working as a journalist by day (though it's not exactly the Daily Planet or the Daily Bugle) and fighting crime at night.

   The issue is written by Jody Houser with art by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage, and it's a solid start.

   Faith is a hero with heart, dealing with wacky neighbors, ex-boyfriends, crazy co-employees and loser criminals - never losing her unbending optimism and energy.

   It's the classic concept - what if a real person gained powers and decided to use them for good?

   This series promises some sincere answers to that question - assuming Faith survives the last page, of course.

Grade: A-


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