August 16, 2022

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Comic Review: Faith Volume 2

Valiant's superpowers fangirl Faith graduates to her own solo series.

There’s just something fun about Faith Herbert.  Most of Valiant’s line features updated versions of various 90s characters, but Faith was brand new.  A bubbly fangirl, Faith doesn’t let things like being an orphan or finding out superheroing might be more complicated than it looks slow her down.

After a successful mini-series, Faith graduated to an ongoing solo series with volume two, subtitled California Scheming.

Given how grim most of the Valiant titles seem, aside from the purely comedic ones like Archer and Armstrong, it sure is nice seeing a heroine who just enjoys life and knows the tropes when she sees them.  Faith’s adventures are rarely earth-shattering, but that doesn’t mean she should be written off.  She’s still establishing herself as a hero, and she doesn’t exactly have a long list of enemies outside of whoever is messing with the Harbinger Renegades when she hangs with her team.

As such, the four issues collected in here show Faith having two mini-adventures while expanding a bit on her supporting cast.  Besides, these are Faith-appropriate adventures, as she learns how to do more with her companion field, plays a D&D like game with new friends, and finds her boss (who knows her duel identity) tasking her to write articles for the Buzzfeed-like website Faith works for as her superhero self.  So, what sort of adventures does Faith have here?  In the first, she meets her favorite superhero actor, Chris Chriswell, who it turns out is actually an aspiring supervillain who hates how he’s been typecast.  In the second, she and boyfriend Archer (of the aforementioned Archer and Armstrong), go to a comic convention and find a thief stealing valuables with help from a magical relic that makes duplicates of himself.  The second two-parter is a bit more fun, as Faith not only in the dialogue boxes dispenses “con tips” for her readers but also has to usher her newbie boyfriend through the world of cosplay and convention customs.  Oh, and the device goes off and temporarily creates a second Faith, and both Faiths automatically assume the other is an evil twin.

Faith is just a fun book, where nothing seems to get the protagonist down for long and she just enjoys life.  Nine out of ten Danger Mouse knock-offs.

Oh, the con scene actually has a number of Valiant talent in the background signing things for a fun Easter Egg.


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