- Publication Date: July 5, 2016
- Fantasy, Science-fiction, Superheroes, Graphic Novel, Comic
- Warnings: Though this is technically its own series and can be read as such, this graphic novel does hint towards things that happened in an earlier series so if you hate starting kind in the middle of a character’s story this might not be for you.
“Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!
But flying solo is going to be tougher than Zephyr ever thought when she uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?”
If you haven’t figured out, I love comics/graphic novels that break stereotypes. Looking at the cover of Faith I knew that at least design-wise, this wasn’t the stereotypical female superhero which makes me happy. Though I love female superheroes like Wonder Woman, you have to admit that her design was totally for the male gaze – as well as some earlier part of her backstory as a comic book character. It’s really interesting. Go look it up if you don’t already know.
Faith, also known as the super-heroine “Zephyr”, is trying to do the whole “lone hero” thing by herself after leaving her team and boyfriend. Faith seems to take place after the events of the Harbinger series – though don’t hold me to that since I had never really heard of the series before now. What I really like about Faith is that though she does have issues, at least what I’ve read in Faith Vol. 1 she seems completely comfortable in her body which was really amazing and refreshing to read. Faith is a confident and beautiful woman who just so happened to be plus sized…and also a superhero.
Houser did a very good job of making Faith feel relatable for her personality as well. Though Faith is comfortable with herself physically, we do see her insecurities with being a lone superhero and not being on a team anymore. Her boyfriend has moved on, her work colleagues don’t know who she really is, for obvious secret identity reasons, and the one person she talks to on a somewhat regular basis who knows about her hero self is the mysterious “X” who we never really see in person. Though having a very friendly personality, Faith finds herself in a position that many of us can all relate to, whether or not we have super powers: starting life a new life in a new place, far from the people and places you once knew. Throughout Vol. 1, you see how Faith views her role and responsibilities of being a superhero and how things aren’t always as easy as the comic books and movies make it out to seem.
My only issue with Faith Vol. 1 is that there are elements that are lost if you haven’t read the Harbinger series. You can easily find things on Wikipedia and other comic book sites but there’s obviously a difference between reading a summary of something and reading the actual comic itself.
Over all, Faith Vol. 1 is a nice change from the typical comic book super-heroine in terms of physical appearance and has enough heart and personality that makes her far from a token niche character. If you like more of a realistic, every day type superhero with science-fiction and mystery thrown in, I’d totally recommend Faith Vol. 1.
I received a copy of this book from the NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
What do you all think? Have you read Faith Vol. 1 already? Have any other book suggestions that I should add to my Saturday Reading List? Leave your thoughts behind in the comments. Just be respectful please.