Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Faith' #12 by Jody Houser, Joe Eisma, Marguerite Sauvage, and Andrew Dalhouse

This is a bittersweet end to this run of Valiant's 'Faith.' Jody Houser has made it one of the best comics being published today. It's no surprise that it earned an Eisner nomination this year. While this arc, 'The Faithless,' ends with a whimper and not a bang, the entire run as a whole has been a triumph.



FAITH #12
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by JOE EISMA, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KANO (APR172135)
Cover B by JEN BARTEL (APR172136)
Cover C by JEN BARTEL (APR172137)
Cover D by JEN BARTEL (APR172138)
Variant Cover by SARAH WINIFRED SEARLE (APR172139)

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | FINAL ISSUE | On Sale JUNE 7th (5/15/17)

★★★★☆ (4/5)

Faith Herbert aka Zephyr has become the face of Valiant's superhero comics with an optimism, a confidence, and self-aware humor that makes her as relatable as she is incredible. A pop culture nerd like most of us, Faith find great joy in being a hero and helping people. She has the type of traditional enthusiasm for what she's able to do like Superman or Spider-Man has had. She keeps an alter-ego working for a website, slowly builds friendships and frets about stuff we all do - work, love, guilt. It's what makes Faith one of the best-developed characters in all of comics. I point this out because it's Faith that keeps the reader glued to the page even when very little happens and the ending is kind of weak like in an issue like this.  

Faith is held hostage by the dysfunctional band of villains who have dubbed themselves 'The Faithless.' They finally have her in their clutches and plan to kill her if they can figure out a way to do it without getting into another huge argument. Faith outsmarts them as they each take turns watching her. She appeals to Murder Mouse aka Jeff to find out what motivates his life of crime. Faith has always exhibited a genuine concern for her fellow man so when she tries to manipulate her captors it comes from a genuine place not just to make them look silly. 

There was a sense of actual menace coming from Faith's former celebrity crush in the Faithless' mastermind(?) Chris Chriswell. It seemed that Faith was in actual danger but that thought quickly dissipates when these criminals descend into the picture of incompetence. It's funny and entertaining in seeing them fumble this grand caper but the threat of real danger is gone. Throughout, Faith remains defiant but compassionate for people like Jeff who could do better for himself. If you're a fan of the series this issue won't change your opinion of how great it is but this is definitely not for new readers. 

Nonetheless, at its best 'Faith' captures the spirit of inspiring comic book heroes of the past while being fresh and relatable in the present. She's funny, brave, and at times very meta. The series has featured some amazing artists like Francis Portela, Joe Eisma, Margurite Sauvage, and Andrew Dalhouse who deliver consistently clean and expressive action. Eisma and Dalhouse are on issue twelve and they never falter to make a vibrant and joyful adventure even when the characters are trapped in a house mostly talking. 

'Faith' as a series is an exceptional example of what makes comics fun and entertaining. This is why Faith deserved a better series finale than this. It's funny and Faith is as brilliant and likable as ever but the weak ending underserves this great title. Regardless, 'Faith' is a shot in the arm to the superhero genre that delivers unadulterated joy and optimism. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PREVIEW: 'Tet' #4 by Paul Allor and Paul Tucker

We've seen Eugene's story. But during his last day's in Vietnam, he finally learns how Ha survived the war. She's always been much stronger than him; and much stronger than he's given her credit for. With all their secrets gone, Ha and Eugene must decide how to move forward.

REVIEW: 'Cyber Force' #3 by Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins, and Atilio Rojo

The story of Aphrodite is the focus of 'Cyber Force' #3. This compelling chapter continues to build the new world of Top Cow's reimagined original title. Corporate greed leads to murder and coercion until one doctor's obsession results in a powerful revelation.


CYBER FORCE #3 
Writer: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill Artist: Atilio Rojo Letterer: Troy Peteri Editor: Elena Salcedo Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 30, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)
Marc Silvestri released 'Cyber Force' twenty-six years ago and this second reboot of the former flagship series rests in the hands of writers Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins. It was only a matter of time before we'd get the whereabouts of the sentient android Aphrodite. Hill and Hawkins dedicate this issue to her story, and it's probably the best in the series so far. We get very little Carin and Morgan in order to give what is essentially an unnerving scientific horror story. 
Cyber Data is the or…

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

PREVIEW: 'Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella: The Heart Is A Lonely Killer' TPB by Shawn Aldridge and Rapha Lobosco

The Vegas strip heats up as Cassie Hack and her companion Vlad are on the trail of a deadly slasher and meet the lovely, yet lethal Vampirella. The team-up event you’ve been waiting for is a high stakes game of chance when they have to take on The Queen of Hearts!


This Volume collects the complete, 5-issue series by Shawn Aldridge (The Dark and Bloody) and Rapha Labosco (James Bond), and features all of the covers by Jenny Frison, Carli Ihde, Jen Vaughn, Kyle Strahm, Chrissie Zullo, Goran Sudzuka, Michael Dooney, Bully Tucci, and more!

Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella: The Heart Is A Lonely Killer TP
writer: Shawn Aldridge artist: Rapha Lobosco cover: Jenny Frison FC  |  136 pages  |  $19.99  |  Teen+  
COLLECTING ISSUES 1-5












PREVIEW: 'The Ghost, The Owl' Hardcover by Franco and Sara Richard

On a cool evening on the swamp, a figure appears dancing across the water. A human figure, but far from a human form. A Ghost, a young girl spirit that seems to have lost its way. A good Samaritan owl decides to help against the wishes of his animal brethren.


What mysteries does the ghost girl hold the secrets to and what will happen when she and the owl unlock them together?  Will they find out what happened to her? Will she find her way to where she needs to be?  What will happen to the animals in the swamp and surrounding forest? An adventure with the most unlikely of pairs, the Ghost, the Owl.

THE GHOST, THE OWL HC
In stores on 5/2/2018 Writer(s): Franco Artist Name(s): Sara Richard Cover Artist(s): Sara Richard
48 pgs./ A / FC                   $9.99