Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Faith' #2 by Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage


★★★★★ (5/5)

'Faith' is an entertaining character study in the "everywoman" as superhero. One of the biggest complaints about Superman has been that he's boring, he's invincible, he's a boy scout, and there's nothing compelling about him. That characterization is unfair as he's been portrayed in many interesting ways. Faith may not be as powerful as Superman but is a great example of how to create a superhero story with a noble protagonist while still finding conflict and drama without undermining her integrity. She's smart, brave, and heroic but what makes her compelling is that she's a relatable person with dreams and emotions like the rest of us. 

After the explosion that ended issue one, Faith feels guilty she couldn't have done more. She finds some solace in grateful survivors and a phone call from her friend @X, reminding her she doesn't have to it all alone. She has to balance her hero duties with her secret identity as content writer Summer for Zipline. It's a lot to take on in starting her new life in Los Angeles. It doesn't help that her editor assigns her to write a hit piece about her ex's reality show. If her editor only knew that she was Torque's ex-girlfriend as the hero Zephyr. 

One of the aspects of Faith's character I like is that she may affable and low-key at work but she's no pushover. When her editor interferes with her piece she confronts her immediately. Faith is no victim, no shrinking violet. She's confident and knows her worth. It's an admirable quality to have your hero also be aspirational. She doesn't have to pretend to be a clumsy reporter to better hide her alter ego. She's believable in just being a substantive person. 

In two issues Faith drifts into daydreams that sees herself under best case scenarios.They've been wonderfully illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage and really stand out from Francis Portela's equally stunning work. The lighthearted scenes represent a look into Faith's mind. She sees herself approaching Torque for help and him begging for forgiveness. Of course, things go completely the opposite way but it just goes to show her optimism and a stalwart belief in what she's doing is right.

Torque is wrapped up in his reality show success and done with being a superhero. He feels he's made it and Faith is jealous. Jody Houser writes the scene perfectly with the right beats in the dialogue. Torque is a lunkhead but just as confident in his views as Faith is in hers. It's melancholy but revealing all the same as Houser continues to build the world of 'Faith.' 

The mystery of Sam and the missing psiots still needs some more fleshing out but with the shocking cliffhanger the next issue should delve more into that. 

Francis Portela and Andrew Dalhouse artistically create a well-paced and beautifully laid out story. Portela's eye for direction and choreography give the book an energetic feel from one scene to the next. Things are never static as the perspectives change to keep the reader engaged with each panel. Dalhouse's colors are varied but expertly focused on the foreground especially when Faith is featured. You can't keep your eyes off of her as it should be. 

A lot has been made of Faith's appearance but it's a non-issue. As a person, as a hero, Faith rises above the superhero fray because of her confidence and her humanity. Houser has taken the best aspects of superheroes, male or female, and installed them in Faith as a role model. Valiant has a flagship superhero book on its hand if it wants it. If this mini doesn't turn into an on-going title Valiant should pack up and close its doors. Needless to say but 'Faith' is a must buy.  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PREVIEW: 'Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica' #2 by Amy Chu and Maria Sanapo

The body count increases and the mystery deepens as Vampirella and Red Sonja investigate the deaths plaguing Riverdale High. Turns out American high school life is as mysterious and perplexing as the murders themselves! Meanwhile, Betty and Veronica have troubles of their own when they butt heads with the editor of the school newspaper over their investigative news coverage. Is there a coverup afoot?


Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #2
writer: Amy Chu artist: Maria Sanapo covers: Fay Dalton (A), Robert Hack  (B), Laura Braga (C)              Dan Parent (D), Cat Staggs (E)               Dan Parent (RI-B/W), Laura Braga (RI-B/W),                Laura Braga (RI-Virgin), Dan Parent (RI-Virgin)
FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+  










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 …

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

Legendary Comics Releases Volume Two of 'Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger' and 'Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano'

Legendary Comics announces the release of the second seasons of popular comic series: LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER and FIREBRAND: THE INITIATION OF NATALI PRESANO.


Launching into comic stores and online today, Volume Two of Lost in Space: Countdown to Danger tells all new thrilling backstories of the show’s favorite heroic characters, with a special focus on Parker Posey’s villainous ‘Dr. Smith’ and fan favorite ‘Robot.’ While, Season Two of Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano, created by Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis, continues the journey of a young witch who has come to Seattle to defend humanity against darkness, now available exclusively on Webtoon. Readers can download the official Webtoon app by visiting the Apple App Store and Google Play.


LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER:

Penned by writer Richard Dinnick (Doctor Who; Thunderbirds) and Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics; The Flash) with stunning artwork by Zid (Skull Island: Birth of Kong; Trick ‘r Treat: Days …

'Black Terror' Back in New Series from Dynamite and Max Bemis

The Nemesis of Crime is back in a new limited series by writer Max Bemis (Moon Knight, Polarity) this October!


In this series, Bob Benton aka the Black Terror, is living in the 1970s and contending with his post-war mental health as well as the rapidly evolving social landscape around him. Say Anything band frontman and acclaimed comics writer Bemis is joined by artists Matt Gaudio (John Wick, Bettie Page) and Ruairí Coleman (Cloak & Dagger, Turok). Rounding out the team on colors and letters are Brittany Pezzillo (Bettie Page, Green Hornet) and Taylor Esposito.

Each issue of the series acts as both the next chapter and a standalone deep dive into the Black Terror's life and the chaotic 1970s setting. Fans can expect to see Black Terror's infamous plain-named sidekick Tim, cult leaders, mobsters, experimental drugs and more. Bemis has described the title as a bit of an Alan Moore take, but less depressing and with some 70s Batman DNA.


Writer Max Bemis said, "I loved w…