Seraph’s Sanctions: FAITH #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Art: Pere Perez, Marguerite Sauvage & Colleen Doran
Color: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT (July 2016)


The Breakdown:

Faith is continuing her life in L.A., trying to make new friends and dealing with her job as Summer Smith at Zipline. All seems to be normal … but not quite working out for her. She gets invited to meet with a very well known super hero actor and Archer is a bit hesitant given the events of the last actress that Faith met …

The Bad:


The Moment of the Issue:
I love how Faith’s call to Archer started very simple with her excited and Archer reminding her what happened the last time she met a famous actor.

The Good:

The appeal to Faith is that she is very much the everyday woman and a lovable geek that takes her job seriously because she was inspired by comic books. Dysart wrote her exquisitely. Kindt had also done a wonderful job writing her. Yet, Houser has her down to a tee. Houser channels the young girl who wants to be the heroine in movies or comics or books with the right amount of modern flair, awkwardness and courage. Houser makes our lead very relateable; down to the retelling of the origin in a way where it sounds fresh, to her inner monologues & day dreams that reveal insight on Faith’s fantasies and insecurities. There was very good pacing for the first issue and Houser makes sure that this issue was an introduction issue. A jump on point (haha) if you will.  Houser pens the accessible issue while setting up/continuing the status quo from her miniseries … just peppered with new developments. Buffy had the Scoobies. Daisy has … had her team oFAITH_ONGOING_001_006f Inhumans on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show. Faith has her group of friends, including some of her coworkers at her job, Zipline, as well her budding romance with Archer. There’s an authenticity about the cast that will grab readers attention and felt camaraderie with them … well, most of them.  Faith’s boss is both nurturing and manipulative, but not in a malicious way.  And there are some real hilarious moments, but Faith really shines to bring people along in her world. Houser is able to give us a fully realized character in a world not too different from our own and allow readers to feel attached to her very easily in this first issue. Also, the swerve she does here at the end of the first issue was hilariously done, alongside the good set up.

Meanwhile, there are three different art styles, but the art utilized all three extremely well. Saucage’s art still looks wonderful as the more painted style really helps make the dreamscapes look very much like a person’s fantasy given life. Meanwhile, Doran’s retelling of Faith’s origin looked good, allowing it to be a flashback and look different from the present and the fantasies. Finally, Perez gives some of the best art of his career here between keeping the characters outlined in color while the backgrounds are more traditionally inked and colors. Also, all the artists make the most of their time periods, all have an individual look. Perez and Dalhouse went the extra mile. They would change up the colors and outlines of the inks based on the time of day or mood of the scene. Sauvage’s art is colored as if it was watercolored paintings. The book is a creative tour de force that allows itself to make its own identity … FAITH_ONGOING_001_007which really fits into the theme of Faith.

The Verdict:

This was a well crafted first issue from start to finish. There was a little bit of action and a lot of fun. We got introduced to the status quo of the book. Houser pens us a heroine that not only readers can be proud of, but really fall in love with because many readers will be growing with Faith as she cements her life in L.A. Meanwhile, with her new “arch-nemesis” and the mysterious burglar … there are a plenty of mysteries to keep readers entertained. The cast is marvelous, with very distinct personalities. The art of the book is stellar and unique in their own way. Each artist doesn’t step on each other’s feet, rather set themselves up to really make their portion of the book look and feel a distinct way to cover a certain part of our heroine’s life or dreams. The book is an entertaining read from start to issue and a solid first issue.