Faith and the Fu­ture Force

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Jody Houser, Stephen Se­govia (Il­lus­tra­tor) Barry Kit­son (Il­lus­tra­tor), Diego Bernard (Il­lus­tra­tor) Valiant En­ter­tain­ment (DE­CEM­BER), Soft­cover $9.99 (112pp) 978-1-68215-233-1

A non­tra­di­tional (read: over­weight) su­per­heroine leads a group of friends and en­e­mies against a threat to time it­self in Faith and the Fu­ture Force.

Faith Her­bert, liv­ing un­der the alias Sum­mer Smith due to her status as a wrongly ac­cused fugi­tive, is also the su­per­heroine Ze­phyr. Faith is re­cruited by Timewalker, an­other hero­ine, who seeks help in stop­ping a pow­er­ful ro­bot from dis­man­tling time it­self.

Sev­eral en­coun­ters with the ro­bot each re­sult in fail­ure—and a mes­sage sent back to the present to get more help for the next try. Even­tu­ally, Faith re­cruits her arch­en­emy, a frus­trated ac­tor-turnedvil­lain, for a fi­nal as­sault on the ro­bot. The book col­lects is­sues one through four of the Faith and the Fu­ture Force comic book se­ries.

Though full of ex­cit­ing, time-twist­ing ad­ven­ture, what sets the book apart is its sense of hu­mor, from Ank, Timewalker’s di­nosaur-woman com­pan­ion, of­fer­ing to “pro­tect your head crea­ture” as Faith re­moves her wig, to the many wry ref­er­ences to other science fic­tion stan­dards like Doc­tor Who and Star Trek. The art is ex­cel­lent, with care­ful at­ten­tion paid to de­tails from the many time pe­ri­ods shown through­out the story.

Though it lacks the ubiq­ui­tous cap­tions and ed­i­tor’s notes that marked Mar­vel comics of the 1970s and ‘80s, Faith and the Fu­ture Force brings a sim­i­lar joie de vivre. With al­lit­er­a­tive names like Sum­mer Smith and Chris Chriswell and a main char­ac­ter who faces pres­sure from her ed­i­tor to get an ar­ti­cle fin­ished (in be­tween sav­ing the world), it’s easy to see this book, and the Valiant style, as a wor­thy twenty-first-cen­tury suc­ces­sor to Mar­vel’s glory days.

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