Faith Issues 1-4 (Limited Series)
Writer: Jody Houser
Cover Artists: Various
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Release Date: January – October 2016
By: Bailie Scheer
Faith the first issue (the real first issue) had me really confused from the jump. The way they began her story was about as confusing as something could get. I think the writers expected the readers to have read the previous comics that she was in, and to know a little bit of her back story. I have an issue with this though because for some people (like me) we didn’t start back in Harbinger where Faith’s story really began. So, you get little to know background of her character. Side Note: They fix this in the second version of the Issue. So, with limited background knowledge of Faith, they continue throwing in characters that the reader wouldn’t know about unless having read previous comics. This frustrated me quite a bit reading it purely because in my opinion I shouldn’t have to read every comic from the past to be able to know about a character(s).
Now, with all that being said, I love Faith. I love her humor, her relationship skills, and her work skills. I feel that as a character I can really relate to her on another level. It’s really what makes her a great character, it’s because she is relatable. Now, the first issue begins with you thinking that there are zombies of some sort involved, at least that is what I thought. It really makes you want to continue through the arch because you really have no idea of what is going on until close to the very end. That is one thing the writers really have going for them is the fact that they make the reader want to continue reading. Now, was it the best story line it could have been? Eh. I think they do better the second time around, but for a first shot it’s good. Now, they have this Ex’s drama/New Boyfriend drama that they kind of just threw into the mix. Did they really need to add the drama of it all? No, but who doesn’t love a good lovers quarrel?
Archer is thrown into the mix, and once again you have no idea who he is unless you have read his comics, and there is also the mysterious @X. I honestly was confused the entire time reading the mini-series because they didn’t put a name to a face until the very end, like seriously the last page. Turns out he’s her IT guy, in a sense. Now, the plot of all the stories is pretty good, like I said before. They add a sense of mystery to it all, bad girl turns out good, People detonating themselves. It’s a fast paced story with a good amount of humor. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so you will just have to read it yourselves.
The art is very well done. They do change it with the reboot, but I will talk about that in another review. I did notice that they make her boss look more evil then what she really is. Her smile makes me want to cringe. I get that that is on purpose, but still super creepy.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and the characters both good and bad. They did a really good job of telling the story and keeping it fast paced. My only complaint is the fact that you have no background of the characters if you are coming in blind. Other than that it was well written and a fun read!