Title: Faith Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine
Creators: Jody Hourser, Francis Portela, and Marguerite Sauvage
Type: Fiction, Comic
Genre: Young Adult, Adult
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Date published: January 27, 2016
Page Count: 63
E-copy of the book kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: 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 listicals 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?
I really wanted to love this comic book! …but I didn’t.
I did enjoy the story line, although it was not something new and overly exciting in itself. I also enjoyed the variety of body shapes and skin colours represented in the comic.
I did, however, find that the cover image is misleading in regard to the quality of the illustrations found within the comic itself. I really liked the style and colouring of the cover image, but was unpleasantly surprised that the illustrations are not of such quality on the inside.
The illustrations are not bad or terrible, but they are simply not as good as I expected them to be. Or maybe they are simply not to my taste. There were some awkward postures, as well as numerous facial renderings which looked strange or unnatural. Faith’s boss, some of the prisoners, and even Faith herself sometimes looked scarier than the actual villains (in my opinion).
I enjoyed the style of the daydream/dream sequences more than the style of the drawings within the actual story.
Overall, I did like this comic and I would like to see what happens next. I do not think that I would purchase this comic for myself though, but maybe as a gift to someone else.