Saturday, February 4, 2017

Faith #8 Review and *SPOILERS*


Writer: Jody Houser
Art: Joe Eisma, Andrew Dalhouse
Fantasy Sequences: Marguerite Sauvage
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: February 1, 2017


Faith has been a comic any new reader can pick up, understand the plot, and learn a life lesson. I gave high praise for the previous issue and hope to do the same for this new issue.

We pick where the last issue ended. Faith invites her co-worker/friend Paige over show her the ghosts who have invaded her life.  Faith still blames herself for the friends and family who have died. Paige having a cynical outlook on life gives her a pep talk. She tells Faith the world needs people like her, who believe people can change and are worth fighting for.

Paige takes Faith back into the apartment to face her demons, to realize they aren't a physical threat. Faith proceeds to shake off the funk she's in and realizes the ghost are holograms being projected by Vine technology. Everything comes full circle and wraps up how our antagonist placed these projectors into Faith's life. Which was rewarding for me, well played Jody!

With the help of @x, this leads Faith to the location where the projectors’ signal are coming from. We learn the janitor from her job had been monitoring the projectors’. The bigger reveal of this confrontation though is that he’s a lackey working for Sidney Pierce. Sidney has been holding a grudge against Faith. Last we saw Sidney is after the first arc wrapped up. She lost her TV career, home, eyebrow technician and Faith’s ex-boyfriend in the start of this series. Overall, she’s feeling a little salty towards Faith.

Sidney Pierce uses the janitor as a distraction and tosses him through the window, knowing Faith would save the janitor. Which leads to the tension of this showdown to dissolve. This allows Sidney to escape and attempts to catch a train to leave town. She seemed to give up bringing down Faith after things didn’t go her way. But while Sidney is waiting at the train station Chris Criswell, a familiar face we haven’t seen in awhile offers her to join him to take down Faith. We’ll see this explored in the upcoming bigger arc.

When things are starting to ramp up, it takes a step back and takes the slow burn course. The next issue being a "one off", I'd rather pick up where the issue ends. Regardless, Jody Houser continues to tackle the emotional chord of our main character in a graceful way. All while building Faith's rogue's gallery. Still great character and comedic moments to make for an enjoyable read. Jody Houser has been planting many seeds setting up something big for our main character that I hope brings this all together. Andrew Dalhouse continues a great job of portraying the mood of the issue through his colors. Let's hope the payoff is worth the wait.

Bits and Pieces:

Being a full-time Harbinger again and dealing with her own threats, Faith is busy finding herself and bringing down villains at the same time. We see Faith continuing to deal with the death of her family and close friends. Jody Houser has been planting seeds since the start of the series. Which leads to play into Faith’s future overarching story. Essentially, this issue is a setup for what’s to come in the upcoming arc. While it’s a quick read, you get a plot point wrapped up, an important friendship moment, and enjoyable art to guide you through the book.

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