Faith, Volume 1
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

Faith, Volume 1 Details

TitleFaith, Volume 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 6th, 2016
PublisherValiant Entertainment, LLC
ISBN-139781682151211
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Superheroes, Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics, Young Adult

Faith, Volume 1 Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read anything with Faith in it before but it didn't take away from the story. I thought it was pretty good. Faith is trying to go it alone without her crew. She works a regular job during the day and helps people by night or in the day time if need be. She is a very sweet character. My favorite was when she saved the dogs =DI loved the graphics as well. She had some help trying to find out what was going on with these evil peeps and it all turned out okay in the end. I hope to read I have never read anything with Faith in it before but it didn't take away from the story. I thought it was pretty good. Faith is trying to go it alone without her crew. She works a regular job during the day and helps people by night or in the day time if need be. She is a very sweet character. My favorite was when she saved the dogs =DI loved the graphics as well. She had some help trying to find out what was going on with these evil peeps and it all turned out okay in the end. I hope to read more of her adventures!
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  • Adam Silvera
    January 1, 1970
    4.5. Really enjoyed this! Was a little disoriented in some places because Faith's story begins in a previous series, but I got through it. Was especially charmed by her geekiness.
  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    Faith is your plus size super hero and she has a double identity. She was part of a team and now she is on her own in LA. She has a job and she is kick-ass and compassionate.The art didn't stand out to me really. I did like her costume with the coat tails being what flaps in the wind. It's smart. This is a smart comic connected to a larger universe it appears. I wasn't too into the villain and there was a whole lot of angst. It was a great comic.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    It's refreshing to see a superhero comic that goes beyond just refusing to hypersexualize its female lead and stars an overweight woman whose weight is a non-issue. It's totally unrelated to her powers, to her work as a superhero, to her personal life, to anything. And beyond that, I really like Faith as a character. Unfortunately, the story is kind of meh. It does nothing for me. I'll still probably read the next volume she shows up again, because I like her, but the story here is a snooze.
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    Faith, alias Zephyr (her super hero name) and Summer (her regular boring job name), is plus-sized, or "fuller figured," and this isn't even mentioned in the comic in any way, which is unique, surprising, refreshing. The story is vanilla. She's a Clark Kent-type journalist, but she works in social media. She has a super cute sculpted ex she is trying to get back into saving the world with her. This has a lot of energy and is pretty fun, I thought.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy reading a few of Valiant's titles, but I have to admit that as a rule the general tone - with some exceptions - is quite grim. This miniseries (which was quickly upgraded to an ongoing), focusing on the popular Renegades character Faith Herbert a.k.a. Zephyr, is an even more radical departure in that it endeavors to do what even Valiant's handful of "fun" books neglect to do - charm their readers with the kind of optimism and exuberance that made superhero comics so popular in the first I enjoy reading a few of Valiant's titles, but I have to admit that as a rule the general tone - with some exceptions - is quite grim. This miniseries (which was quickly upgraded to an ongoing), focusing on the popular Renegades character Faith Herbert a.k.a. Zephyr, is an even more radical departure in that it endeavors to do what even Valiant's handful of "fun" books neglect to do - charm their readers with the kind of optimism and exuberance that made superhero comics so popular in the first place. It's the kind of approach that Marvel got right with their recent Ms. Marvel and Silver Surfer titles (among others).Hollywood and Vine finds Faith moving to Los Angeles after the breakup of the Renegades, assuming a secret identity as a mild mannered web content provider (because no one does any actual reporting anymore) and coming across a plot by the alien Vine to avenge an earlier lost conflict with humanity by infiltrating Hollywood.The thing that makes Faith work so well, as a book and a character, is that Faith is a comic book nerd herself, and tries to faithfully employ the various tropes of the superhero genre in her own hero-ing career - only to discover that the formula doesn't always fit the circumstances. This isn't necessarily a new idea, but Faith's ability to improvise and adjust under fire is what sets her apart, as well as her innate belief in herself and her instinct to distinguish between her own preconceptions and the reality she faces. In this sense, she is kind of like the ideal Jane Austen heroine in superhero form.Bravo.(p.s. Don't worry if you're unfamiliar with Valiant continuity. What little background you need to get started with this character is provided in the first issue.)
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This is everything I've ever wanted in a superhero comic.First of all, Faith is just an amazing character. She's hilarious without feeling like a comic book cliche. I think it boils down to her sheer earnestness, which also makes her endearing as hell. I dare you to dislike her--IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.I loved that this read as very self-aware without being too hipster cool. It pokes fun at superhero comics without every coming across as petty or mean. That is a fine line to toe, and Houser does so with This is everything I've ever wanted in a superhero comic.First of all, Faith is just an amazing character. She's hilarious without feeling like a comic book cliche. I think it boils down to her sheer earnestness, which also makes her endearing as hell. I dare you to dislike her--IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.I loved that this read as very self-aware without being too hipster cool. It pokes fun at superhero comics without every coming across as petty or mean. That is a fine line to toe, and Houser does so with skill.The art is great--we flip between a more traditional modern superhero style and a softer look that represents Faith's imagination. It's a fun art device that works well.The plot kept me intrigued, which was great, but really this soared because of Faith. I want to follow her everywhere.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Faith is a fresh, funny and action packed new comic series. Jody Houser's writing is just fantastic and the artwork is bright and traditional and lovely. I was immediately drawn to the story and the humour on offer, and Faith herself is just a delightful character to follow. I really enjoyed this book and felt like it just went by in a flash, I can't wait to read on and discover more about the characters and the world they inhabit. I recommend this, for sure.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    More like 3'5 starsI just liked this comic a lot. It is full of surprises, like for instance, this retake of the woman figure in super heroes comics. I love that she is overweight, and that the other characters have lots of different physical atributes instead of sporting the same kind of body. I also enjoyed the reference to Superman: heroe and reporter hahahaThe story line is quite good, and we found a super heroe who is quite human, which is also very appreciated. It references a lot of backs More like 3'5 starsI just liked this comic a lot. It is full of surprises, like for instance, this retake of the woman figure in super heroes comics. I love that she is overweight, and that the other characters have lots of different physical atributes instead of sporting the same kind of body. I also enjoyed the reference to Superman: heroe and reporter hahahaThe story line is quite good, and we found a super heroe who is quite human, which is also very appreciated. It references a lot of backstories that aren't present on the actual comic, so I guess we will be getting more information on thispast as the series goes on. And the actual story is quite curious and leaves you wanting to know more.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the artwork and the storyline. The reality tv show was tongue in cheek funny. I liked that the MC was not the typical bosomy skinny mini with muscles on muscles and gravity-defying barely there costumes. My only quibble is I feel like there is much more back story that I wasn't caught up on enough to catch everything in this volume. I would like to read more of the back story and would like to read the continuation of Faith's story. 4 solid stars.
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  • Mario
    January 1, 1970
    Faith rocks!!Plus Valiant and Houser keep her real. What with the regular job, millennial day to day life, boys, etc. She's geeky, cool, and Zephyr. Even the fan service doesn't seem too contrived. I dig it.
  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this a lot. I initially gave this a 4 but while writing this review, I realized how great this was, and it's going to a 5. This is probably the best female-centered graphic novel I've read so far. What I love about it is that author Jody Houser treats her characters as regular people. Faith is an overweight superhero but not once did Houser even write anything in the graphic novel to talk about that. Faith is just who she is. Faith loves SFF and geeky things but it wasn't over-the-top to I loved this a lot. I initially gave this a 4 but while writing this review, I realized how great this was, and it's going to a 5. This is probably the best female-centered graphic novel I've read so far. What I love about it is that author Jody Houser treats her characters as regular people. Faith is an overweight superhero but not once did Houser even write anything in the graphic novel to talk about that. Faith is just who she is. Faith loves SFF and geeky things but it wasn't over-the-top to the point where it was patronizing. Houser never once puts all this in the reader's face by giving Faith some ridiculous overweight scene or geek girls are real scene, it is all just who Faith is. We know right away from the art, that this is who Faith is, and it is fantastic. The cast of this comic is so diverse but it never brings attention to it, it just is. The biggest thing is that Faith is a desirable woman, that has ex-issues, but is also dating a new guy. An overweight geeky superhero girl that is dating and I am just super excited over this fact. I also loved the fact that in her head imagination, she always wears low cut shirts, but in real life, she doesn't. I think this says something interesting about the character. This graphic novel says, "this is what our world is like," and just goes along with the story. Nothing has been more of a spiritual successor to Whedon's Buffy than this. It just felt right. The story was very Whedonesque. Basically, people are kidnapping psiots(the superhumans in this world), and Faith is tracking down these bad guys. This isn't a super complex story but it works really well. Yes, there are many instances of the narrative talking about things that happened in other comic books before this volume of Faith, but the reader can figure it out rather quickly. I'm definitely going to be following this series with the new on-going series that they are putting out now. This also gives me more determination to try more Valiant comics in the future. To sum it up, I was so impressed with how the graphic novel was handled, that I had to give it a 5.
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  • Raina
    January 1, 1970
    I was surprised how much I liked this. And it wasn't just the hero. Usually, superhero-universe characters are too actiony or referential for me, unless they're not macro-universe-based (cf. Ms. Marvel. Vol. 1: No Normal, Rising Stars: Born in Fire). Here, I loved how much time was spent on the practicalities of life as a superhero - with a dayjob, alias, exes, relationships. Solid, readable, engaging. Yeah, kinda loved it.
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  • Seizure Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Not a follower of Valiant, so I felt a little afloat regarding characters & back story. A little too much cutesy romantic fantasy. Still funny. What I found to be the most ridiculous, unbelievable, downright far-fetched nonsense? That full-page shot of Faith flying over the 405 freeway. Those lush green hills and big fluffy trees are pure fantasy in the desert that is Southern California. Has the artist ever been to L.A.? OUTRAGEOUS MISREPRESENTATION.
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  • Rita
    January 1, 1970
    Fun and smart and lives up to the hype. It's a book I wish I'd written and it motivates me to work on the one I am writing. This superhero is way overdue! Thank the gods she's arrived at last!
  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    In the first volume of the series, Faith is a former superhero who left her superhero teammates to strike out on her own. Working as a reporter for a smalltime website using the alias of Summer Smith, Faith works her regular job during the day and heroics at night as Zephyr. In her first case on her own, Faith runs into a rather nasty cult involved in the disappearances of gifted people. It's up to Faith and her friends to deal with the cult before anyone gets hurt. I've only ever heard good thi In the first volume of the series, Faith is a former superhero who left her superhero teammates to strike out on her own. Working as a reporter for a smalltime website using the alias of Summer Smith, Faith works her regular job during the day and heroics at night as Zephyr. In her first case on her own, Faith runs into a rather nasty cult involved in the disappearances of gifted people. It's up to Faith and her friends to deal with the cult before anyone gets hurt. I've only ever heard good things about this series which is why it's a little frustrating that I didn't particularly enjoy this first volume. It's good to see a female superhero whose focus is absolutely not on her sex appeal but Faith didn't have anything that really interested me and the story is seriously snooze worthy. And as much fun as it is to have a geeky heroine, when she quotes every major sci-fi show that's been on in the last twenty years, it feels a bit much. Faith has a lot of comments to make about the superhero genre and I appreciated the fresh take on it but this volume just didn't hold my attention.
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  • Venus Maneater
    January 1, 1970
    Got to read this comic for free through NetGalley, but that won't influence this review in any way.Such a lovely cover! Faith sitting peacefully, rockin' her gear, rockin' that beautiful ombre hair, probably writing a review about the last comic she read. Pigeons like WTF is happening. Faith - Superhero Zephyr by night, and wig-wearing Buzzfeed-esque reporter by day. She's sweet, she's a nerd (there are even action figures in her bathroom!), she's plus-size, just a tiny bit insecure, but spunky Got to read this comic for free through NetGalley, but that won't influence this review in any way.Such a lovely cover! Faith sitting peacefully, rockin' her gear, rockin' that beautiful ombre hair, probably writing a review about the last comic she read. Pigeons like WTF is happening. Faith - Superhero Zephyr by night, and wig-wearing Buzzfeed-esque reporter by day. She's sweet, she's a nerd (there are even action figures in her bathroom!), she's plus-size, just a tiny bit insecure, but spunky and funny when it matters. I like her, she's refreshing. Not overly hilarious (it's not like she constantly has a come-back ready), but funny and a bit of a fumbler. The cast is diverse, but it doesn't feel forced or ham-fisted in any way, there are just many people of color and that rocks. One thing though; I love that Faith is a plus-size girl. I mean, there are a lot of big people in the world, so why shouldn't there be a thick superhero as well? But, she seems to be the only plus-sized cast member in this comic, literally everyone else is thin. Not that that's a bad thing; I'm a skinny girl as well, but I picked up this comic hoping to see more diversity, and not just in gender and color. The story certainly has potential, but the first two-thirds of this comic is lacking a bit. We're mostly following Faith around during her search for some real crime (instead of saving puppies from pooch-stealing cartels), and her search is, well, long and slow. And when the story finally really gets going, when she finally gets that serious life-risking crime fighting she'd been looking for, it's over before you know it. Cliffhanger. Ugh.TL;DRPros:- Diverse Cast- Realistic Protagonist- Funny but with moderation- Beautiful coversCons:- In this comic there is one thick girl and a whole lotta skinny people.- Story is lacking- Liked the art during Faith's "imagination" sequences more than the regular art
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  • jess
    January 1, 1970
    The first three issues of Faith are a delight. It has the backstory and world building you need and expect from any new character's universe -- where did you come from? what can you do? who did you hurt, and who has hurt you? mild-mannered secret identity. You know, the things we need to give any sh!ts about a character. But Faith is also more than just a fun new superhero comic. She's a woman, and she's fat. The book never beats you over the head with these facts, but obviously her identity inf The first three issues of Faith are a delight. It has the backstory and world building you need and expect from any new character's universe -- where did you come from? what can you do? who did you hurt, and who has hurt you? mild-mannered secret identity. You know, the things we need to give any sh!ts about a character. But Faith is also more than just a fun new superhero comic. She's a woman, and she's fat. The book never beats you over the head with these facts, but obviously her identity informs her decisions and motivations as a superhero. The stories become a vehicle to legitimize and acknowledge the lives of people who happen to also be women, who happen to also be fat. And that, my friend, is harnessing the power of comics for the good of the world. Faith is the superhero who can save us from ourselves.
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  • Bookishrealm
    January 1, 1970
    This was an interesting comic. I appreciated the elements of not having a stereotypical super hero but to be honest the story was rather confusing. I didn't exactly get what was going on and then on top of that I didn't really understand the ending. It just didn't make sense to be quite honest. I felt like they could have done a much better job with her as a character. The artwork was pretty good and I was intrigued enough to pick up the second volume and I really could appreciate the fact that This was an interesting comic. I appreciated the elements of not having a stereotypical super hero but to be honest the story was rather confusing. I didn't exactly get what was going on and then on top of that I didn't really understand the ending. It just didn't make sense to be quite honest. I felt like they could have done a much better job with her as a character. The artwork was pretty good and I was intrigued enough to pick up the second volume and I really could appreciate the fact that we finally have a comic book female lead that isn't hypersexualized.
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  • Chessa
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the premise, but the details really got in the way for me. The plot was just kind of meh. Most of all, I found Faith's internal monologue text boxes reeeeeaaaaallllly distracting - and it really cluttered up the frames. I think this is where I will leave this series.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    I received a partial galley of this from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. However, I also got a copy of the full first volume in a Humble Bundle, and that’s the one I read. (The partial galley contained issued one and two and a lineart-only version of issue three. The full first volume contains issues 1-4.)I really enjoyed reading about a fat superhero whose weight is NEVER EVEN MENTIONED, except for one single fat-shaming comment by Faith’s ex boyfriend’s current g I received a partial galley of this from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. However, I also got a copy of the full first volume in a Humble Bundle, and that’s the one I read. (The partial galley contained issued one and two and a lineart-only version of issue three. The full first volume contains issues 1-4.)I really enjoyed reading about a fat superhero whose weight is NEVER EVEN MENTIONED, except for one single fat-shaming comment by Faith’s ex boyfriend’s current girlfriend, which was immediately shot down by said ex-boyfriend. There was nothing about exercise or self esteem or anything, Faith just EXISTED like the normal person she and every other fat person is. I love it. More of this, please.I really loved Faith as a character too, and thought her ways of thinking about things and being determined to live a normal life with no superhero benefits was great. She’s not rich like Batman or an immortal princess like Wonder Woman, she’s just a regular girl who rents a tiny apartment and has a less-than-dream job and is trying to move on after a breakup into a new relationship.Also, there are aliens, because of course there are aliens, and I love it when there’s aliens. All the little pop culture references were great too, especially the nod to the fact that there are so many scifi and superhero actors named Chris.We come into this story halfway through Faith’s full story, after the events of Harbinger: Children Of The Eighth Day. But you don't miss anything if you haven't read that first. Faith gives us the relevant information about her past as it pertains to her present, and I didn’t feel lost at any point, only a little curious. I might check out Harbinger later, just to get the full story.This was a really solid first volume of what’s clearly an awesome series, and I can’t wait to read the rest.
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    Stuck between a 2.5 and 3/5 stars, so I'll just round downI dunno... I just didn't really care about anything that happened in this. Or anyone, really. Everything just fell kinda flat and I didn't feel involved in the characters lives or the whole plot and stuff. There's not really much to say other than I didn't feel much of anything reading this, and the art was OK. I think one of the only things I liked about this volume was the fact that Faith is a bigger female superhero, and nobody makes a Stuck between a 2.5 and 3/5 stars, so I'll just round downI dunno... I just didn't really care about anything that happened in this. Or anyone, really. Everything just fell kinda flat and I didn't feel involved in the characters lives or the whole plot and stuff. There's not really much to say other than I didn't feel much of anything reading this, and the art was OK. I think one of the only things I liked about this volume was the fact that Faith is a bigger female superhero, and nobody makes any nasty comments about that- I'm very self conscious about my weight, and seeing her kicking ass and not giving a shit was really nice and inspiring. But yeah. Probably not going to carry this series on, unfortunately.
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  • Elena
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the eponymous character introduced in this series. I was very excited to discover a fat superheroine who can fly, with nary a fat joke to be seen (whoo!). This is definitely a series to appeal to Millennials, since it's very tied in to pop culture (for example, Faith's modern Clark Kent day job is at a BuzzFeed clone writing articles such as "10 More Actors Named Chris Who Should Play Superheroes on the Big Screen"), and I think it hits its mark there. However, the plot lagged a little i I loved the eponymous character introduced in this series. I was very excited to discover a fat superheroine who can fly, with nary a fat joke to be seen (whoo!). This is definitely a series to appeal to Millennials, since it's very tied in to pop culture (for example, Faith's modern Clark Kent day job is at a BuzzFeed clone writing articles such as "10 More Actors Named Chris Who Should Play Superheroes on the Big Screen"), and I think it hits its mark there. However, the plot lagged a little in comparison to the awesomeness of Faith--I thought she deserved a more compelling story and a way better villain to battle.
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  • Adriana
    January 1, 1970
    Another case of too much hype?Sadly, it's a 3.5 star read.There are things that I really liked about the story and the heroine, but I'd heard so much about how amazing and life-altering this series is that I was honestly expecting something way different than what I got.Faith is a cool character and I love that she has a fuller figure and it's never even mentioned. The solid plot, if not ground-breaking, keeps you turning pages. While the art is very nice and works well within the narrative of t Another case of too much hype?Sadly, it's a 3.5 star read.There are things that I really liked about the story and the heroine, but I'd heard so much about how amazing and life-altering this series is that I was honestly expecting something way different than what I got.Faith is a cool character and I love that she has a fuller figure and it's never even mentioned. The solid plot, if not ground-breaking, keeps you turning pages. While the art is very nice and works well within the narrative of the story. I'm hoping that volume 2 ups the ante a bit and shows me why everyone seems to be going gaga over.
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  • Lata
    January 1, 1970
    Light, amusing, fast-paced, and fun. This comic says a lot without slapping you upside the head about it. Faith is a geek girl and superhero (who's also a Firefly fan). She doesn't look like the typical superhero. I liked that Faith looked like a real woman, and didn't stress about her looks or her weight. She's self-confident about herself, despite her somewhat angsty internal monologues. She's got a rather mundane job, and her coworkers look like real people. Again, nice details.I'll be checki Light, amusing, fast-paced, and fun. This comic says a lot without slapping you upside the head about it. Faith is a geek girl and superhero (who's also a Firefly fan). She doesn't look like the typical superhero. I liked that Faith looked like a real woman, and didn't stress about her looks or her weight. She's self-confident about herself, despite her somewhat angsty internal monologues. She's got a rather mundane job, and her coworkers look like real people. Again, nice details.I'll be checking out the next volume.
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  • Pam (The Girl Who Cried Books)
    January 1, 1970
    The whole time I was reading Faith, I imagined Rebel Wilson. I mean, Summer a.k.a Zephyr is cool and had the right amount of comical bits which made me think of Rebel Wilson. If this comic book series is ever going to be a TV series, they better star Rebel. That aside, I think the story is refreshing in terms of the main character. She’s unconventional in a way that Zephyr’s character defied society’s typical 36-24-36 superheroes. She’s bigger but just as awesome! It’s actually empowering. I’m l The whole time I was reading Faith, I imagined Rebel Wilson. I mean, Summer a.k.a Zephyr is cool and had the right amount of comical bits which made me think of Rebel Wilson. If this comic book series is ever going to be a TV series, they better star Rebel. That aside, I think the story is refreshing in terms of the main character. She’s unconventional in a way that Zephyr’s character defied society’s typical 36-24-36 superheroes. She’s bigger but just as awesome! It’s actually empowering. I’m looking forward to more exciting adventures with Faith!
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  • Malapata
    January 1, 1970
    Un cómic de superhéroes entretenido y que se lee bastante bien. La protagonista es interesante y la trama no está mal aunque, como decía, no deja de ser un cómic de superhéroes.
  • Derek Royal
    January 1, 1970
    One of the highlights of the Valiant universe!
  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    review - https://youtu.be/7Q13QaiKcMY
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2017/08/2...Faith is a kick ass heroine! Not your typical scantily clad model type superhero chick, she transcends that stereotype and it becomes a non-issue.Faith Herbert aka Zephyr has actually been around in comics as part of the Harbinger Renegades through Valiant Comics since 1992. I was unaware of this series, as I have read almost nothing from Valiant. But a year ago, Faith was given her own stand alone series, and I to This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2017/08/2...Faith is a kick ass heroine! Not your typical scantily clad model type superhero chick, she transcends that stereotype and it becomes a non-issue.Faith Herbert aka Zephyr has actually been around in comics as part of the Harbinger Renegades through Valiant Comics since 1992. I was unaware of this series, as I have read almost nothing from Valiant. But a year ago, Faith was given her own stand alone series, and I took notice. Faith is a psiot, a sub-species of humans that have evolved psychic/mind-based powers, and she also can fly as she is light as a feather. As such, I love the front cover, that juxtaposes the imagery of a large person being able to sit on phone wires, to showcase one of her powers.This first volume tries to catch you up a bit on Faith and why she left the Harbinger team. It seems as if a romantic break up with one of the members and the fallout from an especially difficult mission has her wanting to spread her wings. She takes on a secret identity of Summer Smith to safeguard her Zephyr persona , and goes to work at a gossip magazine as a journalist. Sporting a red wig, she tries to balance being a working woman with deadlines and bills with making new friends, and just possibly starting a new romance.She is more than willing to remain a super hero, and takes on a ring of dog nappers, along with aliens bent on world domination. All of this is done with a practicality, showing Faith as a real woman with issues and fantasy crushes. In fact, I love when she fantasies, for the art shifts to show the difference between her reality and her fantasy. Artist Francis Portela draws Faith in her real world, while Marguerite Sauvage takes over for the fantasy segments. I love this, for it shows while Faith may be fantasizing, and the art changes to a pastel hue with a more cutesy rendition of her, Faith doesn’t alter her appearance drastically (aka- her weight) even in her dreams. She is who she is, and is proud of her look. In fact, the artists make sure she is drawn wearing trendy clothes, no trying to camouflage who she is. I love that!This is a solid start to a new series, and I’m glad that Valiant choose Faith to showcase. She is a worthy adversary of any super villain, with promising future story lines. She is positive role model to girls, on top of all that. You go girl!
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