Valiant Entertainment 2017
Written by Jody Houser
Illustrated by Stephen Segovia & Barry Kitson
Coloured by Ulises Arreola
Lettered by Dave Sharpe
Faith “Zephyr” Herbert – former member of Unity, current Harbinger Renegade, and Los Angeles’ #1 superhero – is the universe’s last, best chance at survival! Centuries from today, a devious artificial intelligence has unleashed a blistering attack on the very foundations of time …one that is the unwriting history from beginning to end! Now, with her options exhausted, Neela Sethi, Timewalker – the self-appointed protector of what is and will be – has returned to the 21st century to recruit Earth’s greatest champions of today and tomorrow to oppose this existential threat…and she needs Faith to lead them! But why Faith? And why now?
Not to poo poo on anyone’s parade but I was kind of hoping for the return of Rai and the Future Force. I mean get Faith is popular but let’s not oversaturate her and make us all lose some interest. That being said wow okay so it does make a little sense that Neela has come for Faith because well girl power and all that jazz. If it were Ivar we might have gotten Rai instead we don’t rightly know.
Well it’s nice to see that Neela hasn’t changed one little bit. She’s still pushy, demanding and doesn’t tell you much that you need to know. I mean it’s a good thing Faith is such a Comicon and Dr. Who nerd because this encounter really is right up her alley. Though I will admit that the way Jody has this whole thing playing out is rather interesting. Time Travel can be tricky, messy and a downright bitch if you don’t get it right or at least understandable. So it’s nice to see how she tackled this and makes it work.
I do like the interiors here. The use of page layouts with their angles, perspective and utilisation of the backgrounds really make the ebb and flow of the story move nicely. The attention to detail is fantastic the weight of the linework and how it’s used to express emotions is delightful. Though I do wonder always wonder how they get the wigs to look that good on these characters cause mine never seem to lay quite like these! Then of course there’s the *spoiler alert* evil robot and his effects that make me laugh, which is a great thing. Lest I forget the new
Sidekick Neela’s got yeah some great creativity and imagination there!
So it may be Faith calling all her friends in to help her on a lifelong dream mission to save all of time and space. Well if this first issue is any indication of what’s to come well then we’re in for a great time!