When Faith from Valiant Comics slid across my desk to be reviewed, saying I was excited would have been an understatement. I had seen the image of the plus-sized heroine littering the shelves of my local bookstore and comic shop but I hadn’t had the chance to give it a read until now. After thumbing through the first issue, I found it to be a refreshing read with a colorful cast of characters and was appalled that I’d put it off so long. The comic brims with pop-culture references and regular fourth-wall breakage centered around our titular protagonist who is just trying to find her place in the world.
In the first issue we’re introduced Faith as she struggles to keep her identity a secret, and find her place in the world. From a boss who wants to monopolize her identity, long distance relationships and friends who want to be overly involved in her personal life, Faith has a lot on her plate outside of being a hero.
Now, let’s talk about what has been the leading draw for fans of Faith. It features a plus-sized woman in the lead role, something that is entirely unique. What’s best about this is that Faith’s size isn’t a punchline. Valiant writers Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage take no opportunity to point out Faith’s weight, not even as an insult from apprehended criminals. Faith being plus-sized isn’t brought up and instead we’re simply treated to a psiot badass who is confident in her own skin, gets giddy over the boy(s) she has a crush on, and just wants to see a Nat 20 while fighting a mountain troll.
With a hero who is made to seem very real and so often reminds us of ourselves, it’s hard to not fall in love with Faith’s story.