It’s not often you see a super-heroine outside of the thin-but-busty, let alone a fat woman who is actually more occupied with saving people than her figure. But that’s Zephyr, also known as Faith Herbert, who finds that psiots are being kidnapped in her new hometown. What’s a girl to do when blonde men in dark suits come to turn her world upside down? Do what she does best — be a hero.
Let’s take a look at Faith Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine.
A partial galley of this book was provided by NetGalley.
Faith Herbert has moved to Los Angeles in order to help people on the West Coast. Being the ultimate nerd, she tries to lives the Superman fantasy by becoming a reporter…only to end up a content creator. Soon her life becomes a lot more complicated when she finds that psiots are being kidnapped by men in black, all of whom speak and act the same and as soon as they’re caught, kill themselves. It’s up to Faith to figure out what’s happening in Los Angeles and keep living the good life.
First off, let me say as a big lady myself, it’s nice to have a female character who looks more like me and isn’t ashamed. In fact, no one treats her as lesser just because she’s fat — she has an active romantic life, people respect and befriend her, villains don’t treat her as any less of threat, no one throws food at her or mocks her (which happens to big people way more often than it really should). Faith is a character that is so cheerful and full of joy that it’s impossible not to like her. She’s always looking on the brighter side of life, always kind and genuine, and even when she’s being snarky she’s a lot of fun. She might be my new favorite comic character…or at least she shares the pedestal with Batman. They’d probably get along.
The story itself is interesting, but I couldn’t find myself getting invested in the mystery. As someone who never read Harbinger (despite Silverwolf’s years of touting its merits), I did feel a little lost with some of the terms and the characters. Not that the comic just expects you to know them, but the blurbs they do provide doesn’t cover the whole pantheon of the mythos, so there are conversations that don’t make sense without the full context. Additionally, the pacing gets a little fast around Issue 3, which is understandable in the sense that they need to get to the action and hold the readers’ interest, but it does feel rushed. Personally, I think they could have held off a bit and pushed it into the last issue of the volume, but the way it ends works for the overall narrative, you can overlook it.
The art in this book is simply gorgeous. The details are clear and aplenty, with interesting and well done backgrounds. It would have been easy to have Faith be the “different” looking character, but there are various characters of color, of different sizes, with diverse facial expressions and demeanors. Even the clothes are well thought out and diverse, meaning that thought went into character’s design. It’s weird to bring it up so heavily, but I’m not used to so much variety in a hero comic. The action flows well from panel to panel, though my favorite part is when the style changes when Faith is fantasizing.
All in all, Faith Volume 1 is a great start to a worthy solo series. Hopefully, the fans will be there behind it so we can get another two volumes or so, because the sheer depth and joy of this comic is something I think readers can get behind, like campy cuteness of Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel.
– Excellent art.
– Faith is an excellent character who shines in a solo series.
– Full of joy and action-packed good times.
– If you haven’t read Harbinger, parts can be a bit confusing.
– Pacing is a little fast around issue 3.