Review: “Faith, Volume One: Hollywood and Vine” By Jody Houser, Francis Portella, Marguerite Sauvage, Andrew Dalhouse

Review: “Faith, Volume One: Hollywood and Vine

A review by Amanda.

Faith Herbert is a sci-fi nerd, comic book lover, and an all-around geeky girl. She’s also a superhero. Faith is a psiot; a human with supernatural abilities. Orphaned at a young age and raised by her grandmother, Faith’s nerdy dreams came true when her special talents made themselves known. She joined a team of other psiots called the Renegades and created the alter ego Zephyr. She used her telekinetic ability to fly and move objects to help people, and formed close relationships with her teammates.

When the story begins, Faith has left the Renegades for an unknown reason. She has created a new identity as Summer Smith, a journalist at an online magazine, and still uses her Zephyr persona to help people in Van Nuys, California. Bored and looking for superhero action, she stumbles across something dangerous involving missing psiots. Faith is determined to solve the mystery and save the day, but may have gotten in over her head…

Faith is a non-Marvel, non-DC superhero comic from Valiant. It stood out from other comics on a superficial level because the protagonist didn’t fit the standard superhero appearance – she was fat. Readers know this solely because of the art. Her weight was never mentioned by any character, not even in her own thoughts, which was both unexpected and invigorating. Faith, the character, was loveable and goofy. She was a Joss Whedon fan and made several nerd references that felt like nods to beloved franchises. She had a romantic life but it didn’t dominate the plot. The story was a bit slow to start and some aspects were not made entirely clear, such as why she left the Renegades. More background on the supporting characters would also have been beneficial. Perhaps future issues provide more depth. Overall, this was a nice comic – not action-heavy, and light on the details, but still a fun read. Its most attractive features are the humor and relatability of its main character. This volume is comprised of the first four issues.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

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Review: “DC Comics: Bombshells Volume 1: Enlisted” by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage

DC Comics: Bombshells Volume 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage

A review by Courtney.

I’m not going to lie, I picked up this comic after I saw all the amazing posters coming out and then Hot Topic released a Bombshells line of clothing but before I jumped completely on the bandwagon, I decided to read the comic first. I try to be a well read fangirl, but that involves the long story of my nosedive into comics in the first place. Long story short, there is a lot of Bombshells merchandise out there, and I wanted to find out if I actually liked the Bombshells before I bought any of it.

Volume 1 of Bombshells covers several introduction stories because there are five main bombshells and then we also have to meet a couple other characters that I’m not entirely sure how to classify at the moment.  Bombshells takes place during World War 2, or definitely sometime in that era (the United States is engaged in war against the Nazis). It starts off with Batwoman, Kate Kane, who is a baseball playing vigilante until she gets recruited by Amanda Waller to be a Bombshell and help win the war. Wonder Woman and the Amazons get tired of their people getting hurt and killed by the bullets and bombs that keep falling on the island during air battles and decide to take matters in their own hands and destroy the planes overhead indiscriminately. Wonder Woman teams up with Mera to rescue a fallen soldier who is sentenced to death because of the crimes of his fellow soldiers. We also meet Super Girl and Star Girl who hail from Russia and are on the run after discovering that their government is lying to them and attempting to trick them into killing their own people who are outspoken against the government. This is barely the tip of the iceberg of the characters and stories that are introduced in this volume.

This volume is hard to digest in terms of the sheer amount of characters and backstory you have to keep track of. I was already familiar-ish with most of the characters so it wasn’t as bad for me because I already had a previous connection with most of the characters. If I hadn’t known anything about any of the characters, it would have been a tough read. Even trying to summarize all of the characters is a struggle because there are just so many. I did enjoy getting to read Zatana’s plotline because she is a character I have never read before and wanted to read and I was given enough to pull me in. At the moment, the characters aren’t interacting with each other very much, but this volume only covers the first six issues and there is a lot in there. I do appreciate where the story has the potential to go and I’m hopeful for the direction it will take. It reads like a novel that someone attempted to put into comic book form.

The art and the costumes are fantastic. I really appreciate the 40’s feel to it that everything has and because it takes the characters in a fresh direction. I get why this book has been so commercialized; the looks that each character has are just very throw back, retro in an oddly empowering way. I am looking forward to reading more of the story to see if the characters do get more depth and to see how they interact with each other in the future. I would recommend this comic to anyone who is curious about what the fuss is about, who has also read at least a couple of comics about any of the main Bombshells because I think a little background character knowledge is helpful in following the storyline.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars.

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