3.5 stars, rounded up to 4
I love Faith. LOOK AT HER!!!!! She is a legitimately fat woman. She looks like a real fat woman and not just an extra curvy woman. She flies and fights crime. As a fat woman myself, I love this. I know a lot of fat women who have the athleticism and grace to fly, if only gravity would let them. And do you know how often her weight is alluded to? Never. No one tells her she can’t superhero because she’s fat, and losing weight never comes up. When she daydreams, she imagines herself as she is, but with more cleavage (see below).
Faith is a superhero from a non-DC or Marvel Universe. I have no familiarity with the superhero world Faith inhabits, but her world shares our pop culture. Faith is a huge comic book, sci fi nerd with a special Joss Whedon focus. Faith is a psiot – a human with extra abilities. There are others like her and more with potential. She was part of a group of superheroes, but after a friend died, she left the group. Now she has a day job as someone who writes listicles and keeps her real identity secret. Potential psiots are disappearing, and at least one has turned up dead. Faith must investigate and save the day.
I’m going to need to read another volume of Faith’s adventures before I decide whether or not I’m all in. As excited as I am about Faith, I don’t have much emotional connection with her as I do with some of the other graphic novel heroes. Unlike Saga, Faith doesn’t really world build because she is already an established character in her world. Unlike the Marvel Universe characters, I haven’t absorbed the world through osmosis. But, I want to give her time to grow on me. It probably won’t take much. She daydreams and fights crime. She’s pretty great.