Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover A by JOE QUINONES
Cover B by LUCY KNISELY
Variant Cover by BRIAN LEVEL
It has been some time since I picked up a Harbinger comic, perhaps a year or so. Harbinger: Faith #0 does a great job of reminding me why I liked the series to begin with. Faith #0 is about, well… Faith Herbert, a.k.a. Zephyr of, the quasi-superhero team, the Renegades. This issue however, is not a prequel to Harbinger events, but primarily a segue in to Faith’s appearance in Unity #13.
Faith was always one of my favorite characters from Harbinger,(second only to Kris perhaps). Her personality as the joyful, bubbly, heavyset maiden of the wind gave her a quality that was new to the superhero scene. The issue builds on that personality and shows how Faith has matured as a person and as a hero. She’s found love and blossomed into a woman from the ashes of a girl. She knows what she wants in the world
. As we are to understand it, she counts herself fortunate for finding love. We find she has two great loves; her boyfriend, Torque and being a superhero. The latter of which, she has been in love with for far longer. She takes the all to familiar Parker route of duty above love, albeit for different reasons and finds herself in the next stage of her own personal evolution.
The character portrayal is what really makes the issue shine. There are a funny moments, a small stint about reality TV and arguments. There aren’t any explosions or villains in it, just ordinary struggles with people who have been changed in an extraordinary way. In the end it’s the characters that really hook you to a tale and the creation team did a great job.
Darryll B. Carter
Creator and writer of the Magnificent Black Mage