Faith #1 (Mini-Series)

Faith #1 (Mini-Series)

Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: January 27, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 37 User Reviews: 5
8.3Critic Rating
7.7User Rating


Faith Herbert, the psionically gifted "psiot" known as Zephyr, has been a neglected child, a pawn of the Harbinger Foundation, and a washout with the government superteam called Unity. But now she's taking control of her life and becoming the hero she's always known she can be - complete with a secret identity, a codename, and a cover assignment that routinely throws her into harm's way! But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought as she uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy that could destroy human civilization from the inside out! Is Faith out of her depth...or in for her biggest adventure yet? Rising star Jody Houser (Orphan Black) and red-hot artist Francis Portela (Green Lantern) pilot a new chapter for Valiant's high-flying hero right here in her first-ever limited series!

  • 10
    First Comics News - Richard Vasseur Jan 18, 2016

    Faith may not be your skinny super model type super-hero but who cares. Here is a super-hero to have faith in. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Jan 20, 2016

    Valiant really kills it with their miniseries, every time. The Valiant, Divinity, The Delinquents, and Quantum & Woody Must Die have all been incredibly good, and easy to jump into for a new reader. Faith continues that tradition at the one big company with a cohesive universe that's still young enough to support that kind of endeavor. I'm just glad they're delivering that kind of quality yet again, and I applaud the entire team. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jan 29, 2016

    Representation matters in comics and Valiant delivered a special hero in 'Faith.' She is charming, brave, upbeat, and confident. Everything you could want in a hero regardless of appearance. The debut isn't without some issues but overall it shines brightly and with a cliffhanger to come back for. 'Faith' is a winner. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Feb 2, 2016

    As you can tell from my review, when I was reading FAITH I was reminded of quite a few other comics out there. But don't take that as me not liking this book or calling it derivative. Just the opposite! FAITH takes what other comics are doing and really makes it feel unique and fleshed out here. I enjoyed this issue so much, I actually would like to see it as an ongoing series. It seems like FAITH's and the creative team have a lot to offer here. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Jan 20, 2016

    Faith #1 is solid as a slice of life easy going super hero read, it's really just a story about how she's doing since the events of Book of Death and The Valiant (I think that's what it was called.) Which brings me to believe this series will be a great read for people who want to break into comic books, it's easy to pick up like all Valiant titles, it's her first issues as a 4 part series, and Jody Houser brings Faith as one of the most optimistic super heroes ever. But lets also not forget Francis Portela's art work which is fantastic to look at and totally Valiant. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin Feb 1, 2016

    Enjoyed the issue? Let us know what you think in the comments section below! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jan 15, 2016

    Overall then, while this is first and foremost an introductory issue that sets out to establish the status quo for our beloved character, there are enough intriguing plot threads being dangled here to all but guarantee that this series is going to be a hit.  Faith is yet another utterly brilliant character from a company that seems to thrive on brilliant characters, and this is an upbeat, positive and above all a truly fun book that deserves to be seen by as many eyes as possible. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jan 20, 2016

    All in all, Im definitely recommending Faith #1. We have a lead who strays from the typical comic book womans body and a cast of characters with a diverse range of shades. This is a story about a woman who is forging a new path and new life, but not out of tragedy or suffering, and I cannot say enough how much we need more stories like this in comics. For something new, pick up this first issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Eric Ogar Baumgard Jan 21, 2016

    I think fans of Faith will love this book and new readers will fall in love with Faith. I think this is a book a lot of people will be able to connect with, and that you can't help but feel good after reading. What plus-size nerd doesn't wish they could be a superhero? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Jan 26, 2016

    Do you read Valiant? Then you are picking this up. But, this should be the kind of book that attracts readers from outside that circle. It's a good first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Alyssa Jackson Jan 26, 2016

    All in all, this book made me happy in so many ways. There are couple of clunky moments that are mostly due to this being a first issue of a new series, but not enough to detract from the book's overall delightfulness. We've got a solid set up to a good story, with a fun and unique heroine, and I can't wait to see what's coming next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 2, 2016

    This series promises some sincere answers to that question - assuming Faith survives the last page, of course. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 27, 2016

    “Faith” #1 is a step towards representation in comic books that I needed. This is a really packed debutthat isn't perfect but it's made me believe in the power of superheroes again. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Dan Crotty Jan 31, 2016

    A "glass full" entry point for Valiant virgins and a fun inaugural issue with a fan favorite for Valiant veterans. Personal drama, jokes, cheerful art, and superheroics from a gal who wants to be the best superhero around " put your faith in this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - GCBTs Jan 18, 2016

    I highly recommend you go out and buy it. This introductory issue is a fun simple read, and sets the stage for a larger alien kidnapping conspiracy that will envelop Zephyr, aka Faith, in the exciting Valiant Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Jan 20, 2016

    In many ways, Faith #1 isemblematic forits title character. Imperfect, lighthearted and inviting, perhaps the purest hero in the Valiant Universe delivers a pure superhero experience.It's a side of this universe that is rarely explored, but I'm more than willing to take a ride through it with Houser and Portelaat the helm. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    PopOptiq - Ashley Leckwold Jan 20, 2016

    Even without previous knowledge of Harbinger, the first issue of the Faith miniseries is an absolute delight. It could have been way too easy to take a character like Faith and turn her into a one-note joke, but Houser, Portela, and Sauvage flesh out her character so much in a wonderful introduction story. Faiths size is not her only character aspect, but it is not hidden away like a piece of shame either. Plus, the book leaves off on such a cliffhanger that it would be hard not to pick up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Jan 25, 2016

    Faith #1 is yet another excellent debut for a Valiant miniseries, and a win for the comic book industry as a whole. Faith is a fun, relatable character that also represents a body-type that isn't usually seen in media. While there are a few hiccups in terms of pacing and the lack of clear antagonist, this is made up for with delightful moments, solid humor, and Faith rescuing puppies (Which is as great as it sounds). Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 27, 2016

    Houser has put together a solid enough and standard enough opening issue that works for the Valiant crowd and has just enough of a hook to draw in those outside it as well. I wish it had done a bit more to be accessible to new readers, but i'm not too surprised. Faith herself is definitely the draw and there's an infectious energy to her that Houser captures just right and that Francis Portela brings to the page perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Jan 26, 2016

    At the end of the day, the biggest strength of "Faith #1" is that the team kept it simple. It's the tale of a young woman trying to find her way in the world, but doing it with a smile and optimism. Also with punching puppy thieves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Jan 14, 2016

    Faith #1 is a solid beginning. Like the character herself, the story has humor and most of all, heart. This is not a story written merely to capitalize on a fan favorite;Faith stands on its own. Existing fans will enjoy a plot that ties into and affects the larger universe. New fans will discover an unconventional and extremely relatable protagonist. You cant help but to root for Faith, whose inherit goodness shines like a beacon. Faith is a role model, and fans will want to #FlyLikeFaith alongside her on this adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Jan 16, 2016

    Faith #1 introduces one of the most realistic characters we've seen in comics for a while. This title has loads of promise and is no doubt set up to have an incredible die-hard following. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jan 18, 2016

    Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage (fantasy art) make a great pair on the book. Portala goes for broke with Faith taking on a Clark Kent persona, and it really works. You can feel the every day persona melting off of her as she takes off the scarf and wig. There's a good sense of motion with Faith, and her body language shows a sense of inexperience. The use of stagnant panels that are cropped into three parts spices the visuals up a bit. While Sauvage's artwork is funny, and has a nice contrast to Portela's more grounded artwork, it seemed strange to have Faith suddenly look like Adele in these pages. The consistent coloring by Andrew Dalhouse for Faith's costume was a nice touch. The colors really pop with the slightly thinner lines, especially the sunset reflects incredibly well off the buildings. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Armand H Jan 20, 2016

    The creative teams goal with this issue appears to be to establish the new status quo for Faith following her departure from Unity, Valiants supergroup, and her break up with Torque, one of the main characters from the Harbinger series that Faith initially starred in. With the assistance of Ax, a former Harbinger member, Faith has established an alter ego with not so subtle nods to a distinguished competitors major character. The events of the book feel as if they serve as the launching pad for whatever comes next. Faith #1 is a fun read, and it gives me hope for the future of the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 26, 2016

    2015 was year filled with books aiming to make an impact in terms of representing people of all races and creeds. Now 2016 has Faith #1, and while it may not act and read like an important moment, it most certainly is. Jody Houser could have turned this debut issue into a sort of "lesson of the week" series, making the story insist upon the reader how important it was. Thankfully, she didn't and instead turned in a propulsive, character centric story that gives us enough to leave us wanting to hang out with Faith and her diverse co-stars more. Though the art team stumbles, Faith #1 still soars, both as a story and as an example of the shifting comic book landscape. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jan 27, 2016

    Despite all of the sunshine and happiness, Houser's story opens up with a darker spin in a sequence that later ties into the psiot's overall situation in the Valiant Universe, keeping Faith's story firmly rooted in the same world she seemingly left, and further ties her story into past events by bringing along one of Faith's fellow former Renegades. "Faith" #1 is a charming continuation of a post-Renegades, post-Unity character who definitely deserved her own series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Jan 27, 2016

    From cover-to-cover, artist-to-artist, we see unbridled joy on Faith/Zephyr's face whenever she is airborne. How is such a Rubenesque figure soaring to these heights, you may ask? How is gravity defied with such a disregard to physics? Is it "flying and a bit of kinda-sorta-maybe telekinesis?" The answer is, "Who the hell cares?" If flying is what you do, if flying is what you are, and if flying is what you love, disregard the naysayers. Fat, skinny, old, young, male, female, whatever " just have a little faith, put on your cape, and kick some bad guy ass. And keep smiling all the while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 27, 2016

    Faith is the latest Valiant mini to get off to a good start, Houser and Co. making great initial use of the fan favorite character. The plot is a bit threadbare as of yet, but the strong characterization and referential air, paired with the enjoyable art of Portela and Sauvage, go a long way in earning return readership. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Alan Jan 28, 2016

    Final Verdict: Faith is the poster child for what caped heroes would be if they existed in our society today. Not everyone is built like Superman & Wonder Woman, and neither would real life heroes. But don't pick this book up because of that, pick it up because it's extremely well written and a fun read. Can't wait for the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Adam Waugaman Jan 28, 2016

    If you're looking for a superhero title that branches away from the standards of DC and Marvel, I definitely suggest checking out Faith. It is only a four-part series, but perhaps with enough praise and sales from fans, we could see Faith extended into a regular monthly title. Also after reading Faith, I've become interested in trying to learn about some other parts of the Valiant universe and would like to see where Faith got her start in the Renegades. If you're a fan of other solo-female superhero titles like Ms. Marvel or Spider-Gwen, this book should be relevant to your interests! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Feb 4, 2016

    The creative team has done a great job introducing this new superhero and her unique style. Faith is a wonderfully lighthearted and charming story about a truly loveable character. This series is most definitely going up from here, so make sure to keep up! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jan 27, 2016

    Those minor hiccups aside, this is a strong art team that should only improve as they become more comfortable with the character. Which is the main message one can take away from this title. Few things are rarely perfect, especially compared to what we build in our own minds. Freeing ourselves of such expectations are the only way we can truly fly and be the hero. For that, Faith #1 provides and strong and entertaining lesson that we should read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 30, 2016

    Houser, Portela and Sauvage have a potentially good series on their hands, even if it's only going to be four issues long. But they and Valiant need to get out of Faith's way before she drowns in exposition. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Alamo Feb 1, 2016

    This first issue of Faith is a solid reintroduction to the character and a good jumping on point for anyone who is curious about the buzz surrounding this character. As a longtime fan, I'm happy to see Faith brought to the forefront, even as I know there is much more to her than this single issue lets on. I'm looking forward to seeing where Houser takes the story and how she develops the character. As much I know and love Faith, there is much more to be explored and I cannot wait to see what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jan 27, 2016

    Francis Portela has spent some time hopping around other Valiant books, such as Ivar: Timewalker. His line art in Faith #1 is clean, competent, and rather uninteresting. Marguerite Sauvage illustrates a handful of Faiths fantasies, and they positively pop with personality. Her art, like the writing, is so good that you wish the rest of the issue could hold up just as well. Unfortunately, Faith #1 simply a pleasant read, not a great one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Heather Hurt Jan 28, 2016

    Faith #1 is a great pick up for anyone who wants to take their first steps into the Valiant Universe. She is smart, independent and a superhero like no other. But, instead of making her proud, they made her so sweet that it was almost overpowering. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flip Geeks - Tonichi Regalado Jan 22, 2016

    Faith, I believe is going to serve Valiant well; it has the potential to break boundaries concept wise. It's on a decent but rocky start but with the right execution, the series will go on to something wonderful! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Carl Jansson Jan 26, 2016

    Jody Houser crafts a fun little story that is expertly paced and full of genuinely funny moments that had me laughing out loud. She paints Faith as a sympathetic character that is easy to fall in love with. She peppers the story with references to Doctor Who, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, and more, giving readers a glimpse into Faith’s pop-culture obsessed mind. This is a girl who didn’t just fall into superheroing, but grew up immersed in comics, science fiction, and tales of heroes that informed her need to one day become like them and save the world. Faith is written very much like an everyman, living in an apartment with paper thin walls, working a job she only nominally likes, and needing an escape from her everyday doldrums. One can’t live a satisfying life posting listicles and cat videos without an outlet, and her alter-ego as Zephyr is that outlet. Houser’s dialog has a smooth flow to it that just rolls off the lips of her characters, and she knows how to write an exciting yet tense cliffhanger that makes sure you’ll be back next issue. I will definitely be looking for more of her work. The art by Francis Portela is fantastic, whether sitting at her deskjob or flying high above Los Angeles the panels are filled with detailed linework with a soft edge befitting the character. His facial expressions and body language could tell the story without dialog. The page layouts aren’t anything too fancy, but that’s not a complaint. The fantasy/daydream sequences with art by Marguerite Sauvage are different enough that they set themself apart from the rest of the story, yet similar enough that they don’t take you out of the story. Her pages do have a softer edge, with a dreamlike quality to them. As good as the art is the coloring by Andrew Dalhouse elevates it to an even higher standard. It has a smooth airbrushed look to it that is easy on the eyes. His hues give the mostly shadow-free linework depth and shape.

  • 10
    Atomichound Jan 30, 2016

    Great, great debut issue. Glad to see it get some widespread discussion. Valiant strikes again!

  • 2.5
    Marlin_Grin Feb 2, 2016

    Getting kind of transparent now.

  • 9.0
    Pundo Jun 2, 2016

  • 8.0
    CraigR Jan 27, 2016

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