Writer: Jody Houser
Art: Joe Eisma
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Well here we are. And now we’ve reached the end of the first Faith series, I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like a friend has just moved to another continent. Sure you can Skype, but it’s not the same as having them throwing laughs right there in the room with you. Over the top? Me? Maybe, but I’m going to miss the girl…until the next run, of course.
The conclusive issue of Faith finds our protagonist tied up and at the mercy of the adorably deadly, criminal gang known as The Faithless. After being framed for a crime by the use of a double, Faith faces an uphill battle to free herself while potential rescuers think she’s dead. The antics center around the gang and how they decide what to do with their prize catch. The quips come thick and fast, as we’re now used to, and any seriousness pertaining to the dire situation is offset by the presence of Dark Star, a psiot trapped in a cat’s body, and, of course, the self conscious, ney insecure, Murder Mouse. The reader knows there’s little chance of an upset but remains invested guessing the hows and whos of the outcome.
In keeping with the rest of the series, the artwork is dynamic yet soft on the eye. The pencilling is not light-handed throughout, with many character sequences drawn with a thicker line, and this has the result of forcing the characters forward in the frames and make them appear larger than life – both work well. At other times, fine pencilling styles marry with the dulled palate and creates a sense of understatement; Faith herself, or rather her alter ego, is, after all, trying to be the queen of average. However, on the whole, the cartoon style does not detract from the detail and facial expressions (always the perfect litmus test) are, well, expressive. The artist has again captured the dynamic action of the situation, even where very little actually happens, and has brought real humour to the page whilst doing it.
All in all, a great (if understated) finale to a fantastic series that has won many new fans outside of the traditional Valiant hordes. I can say with undoubted confidence, if nothing else, that this will not be last we hear of Faith as a solo outing. Sure, we’ll see her appear elsewhere in Valiant’s universe but this was something quite special. And with a few surprises thrown in at the latter half, kept this reader entertained to the bitter-sweet end.
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Review written by Arun S.