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A&A The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #5
“How do you make Faith Herbert any more endearing? Send her out on a date with Obadiah Archer. It’s a charming evening full of awkward romance, geek-culture references and super-villain shenanigans. Fun times.”
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By Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage, Andrew Dalhouse, Dave Sharpe, Joe Quinnones
Valiant Comics’ characters can often feel like a mix of new and old archetypes, not surprising since as far as I know most are only 25+ years old at this point. While parts of the old can feel a bit cliche, its the addition of the new that makes their characters so refreshing. Faith being such a character.
Having no experience with the Harbinger section of the Valiantverse, I had no immediate clue as to what Faith’s role or powers would be. This issue does a succinct and approachable job explaining both of those aspects as well as introducing Faith to the world.
In many ways, Faith falls under the category of “Fangirl”. She makes jokes and references to characters she knows by heart from their comics (which by association goes for most of the people who read this comic), she has a youthful and optimistic attitude and its these qualitites that make her feel authentic. Not that the sunny, bubbly female personality is a first in comics, but in Faith’s case it speaks to me because I know women like Faith without the psychic powers. What is something of a first is someone of Faith’s physique appearing in a solo title. Despite all the discussions on cheesecake imagery and impossible body proportions, seeing superheroes who don’t resemble statues from Ancient Greece is still a rarity.
On the art side, Portela and Sauvage turn in one of Valiant’s prettiest books of the year. Portela captures the congested traffic of LA along with its shining skyscrapers and Sauvage injects some cartoonish whimsy into some daydream segments that captures Faith’s inner desires for heroic adventures.
Parts of Faith #1 will feel immediately familiar, but those parts are mixed in with playful satire humor as well a marked determination to bring back the heroes of old who saved people because it was the right thing to do (which is in itself a more than valid reason). This miniseries is sure to please devoted Valiant fans as well as those trying the title out of pure curiosity and inexperience with most of Valiant’s past works.