Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: MJ Kim
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artists: Marguerite Sauvage
What You Need to Know:
Faith has been framed for a murder and is laying low as Summer Smith, her Clark Kent-esque alter ego.
In this Issue:
The start of a new Valiant crossover! This issue is all encompassing on establishing Faith and where she is at as she is attacked by a kaiju (her words not mine). She is dealing with the fact that she is now on the run and that she cannot be the superhero she desperately wants to be. She is called back into action by Monica Jim (Animilia) to help her fight…ghosts. Faith may not be able to help, but she definitely knows someone that can.
I was really excited to review this book because this is what Valiant does best – a new number one. Valiant has a way of treating the long running fans with respect and not ignoring what’s happened but also truly making number ones a jumping off point. It is with pleasure I can say they succeeded again at this, though not without some hiccups on the way.
There isn’t much to discuss about the story with this one. It is really just setting up how the characters will meet, as Dr. Mirage is not in the book until the very last panel. It was kind of jarring to see them focus on where Faith is for so long in this issue. It spends most of its time getting you caught up and Faith doing her best Spiderman impression on giving up the suit. Obviously, this doesn’t last, but Faith is a pop-culture character. If you’re like me, Faith never really resonates with you because she is just too much fan service. I don’t really find her anymore appealing than I have but I concede that it is easy to see why people do like her. I mostly came for the Dr. Mirage and she was scarce in this book.
The art is endearingly charming. It is a very bright book and Faith’s character design is undeniably perfect. From her colors to choice of outfit, her design has always been my favorite aspect of the character. Backgrounds are a bit bare, but the mood is effectively set on whatever panel is presented and that is due to a quality coloring job by Jordie Bellaire. I always find Valiant comics aesthetically pleasing and this book does a quality job highlighting that strength.