Fly­ing solo

Sky’s the limit for Valiant’s res­i­dent geek Faith in her first minis­eries

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“Faith’s in­cred­i­bly iden­ti­fi­able to me as a life-long comic book fan.” Ac­cord­ing to Jody Houser, she was born to write Faith. With the char­ac­ter hav­ing ini­tially ap­peared as part of the Har­bin­ger Rene­gades, Valiant are now giv­ing pop cul­ture lov­ing psiot Faith Her­bert her own four-parter.

“She stands as a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the very best that both geek­dom and su­per­heroes have to of­fer,” says Houser, who will be joined by artists Fran­cis Portela and Mar­guerite Sau­vage. “She’s pas­sion­ate and com­pas­sion­ate, and is driven by the op­ti­mism that one per­son really can make a dif­fer­ence. ”

As a comics fan, Faith knows all the tricks of the trade, as she takes up a po­si­tion as a Clark Kent-style re­porter. “Faith is in­cred­i­bly genre-savvy,” says Houser. “She grew up with the same su­per­heroes that we did and, for her, they form the ba­sis of what a su­per­hero should be. So the tra­di­tional el­e­ments like an al­ter ego, a jour­nal­ism ca­reer, and su­per­hero pa­trols… But she’s smart enough to know that glasses alone aren’t that great of a dis­guise, which is why she wears a wig as well!”

With Houser promis­ing “plenty of geek nods, LA ref­er­ences and adorable pup­pies,” Faith at­tempts to strike out on her own, only to find her­self sin­gle-hand­edly fend­ing off an alien in­va­sion. “It’s really her first time out in the real world as an adult,” ex­plains Houser. “So she has to deal with mun­dane chal­lenges like weird neigh­bours and in­ter­est­ing co-work­ers, along­side threats to hu­man­ity.”

Faith is pub­lished by Valiant on 27 Jan­uary.

Faith (also known as Ze­phyr) knows all the su­per­hero rules.

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