Book Review: Faith Vol 1: Hollywood and Vine by Houser, Portela, and Sauvage

faithFaith Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine contains the first four issues of Faith by Jody Houser, Francis Portela, and Marguerite Sauvage. Faith is a superhuman, a psiot, who has recently broken up with both her boyfriend and her superhero team, so she’s trying to figure out her place in the world and how she can still work as a solo hero while also maintaining a secret identity. Faith is perservering and adorable and a total nerd, basically a hero you want to be best friends with. She uncovers an alien plot with the help of a few friends, all while working a day job as an unassuming “content” creator for a Buzzfeed-like website.

The primary artwork is by Francis Portela with brief scenes (usually flights of fantasy or flashbacks) done by Marguerite Sauvage. I can’t praise Sauvage’s gorgeous artwork enough; I would basically read any comic with her art. This is not to suggest that Portela’s art is inferior. On the contrary, Portela creates a hero who is overweight, looks great, and has a rad costume. The comic is very body-positive; and, honestly, isn’t about time we see more than bosomy stick-figures as heroines?

I’m looking forward to the next chapter in Faith’s story and will be adding this to my pull list next time I visit my local comics shop.

Review by Jessica A.

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