Our Lovable And Tenacious Heroine Returns In Faith: Dreamside #1

by Josh Davison

[**Mild Spoilers Ahead for Faith: Dreamside #1]

Faith Herbert has gone to ground after being framed for a murder. She now works an office job and has put her career as superhero Zephyr on hold. She writes for Zipline and even writes occasional articles to sway public opinion in favor of her superhero persona. However, a bad car accident endangering a mother and daughter pushes Faith out of the shadows and into the light as a superhero once again.

Faith: Dreamside #1 cover by Marguerite Sauvage
Faith: Dreamside #1 cover by Marguerite Sauvage

Faith: Dreamside #1 brings back the beloved Valiant character for a miniseries, courtesy of writer Jody Houser and artist MJ Kim. Faith Herbert is easily among Valiant’s most likable and charismatic characters, so it’s nice to finally see her back with her own story, even if it is only four-issues long.
One particularly endearing quality of Dreamside #1 is that Faith never stopped helping others. Her telekinetic abilities allow her to do small things covertly without drawing attention. Faith is in the league of characters like Ms. Marvel, Marvel’s Champions, and Superboy that are so endlessly optimistic and well-meaning that it’s hard not to absolutely adore them.
The overarching story kicks in during the final few pages; there’s not much to say about the premise beyond it leading to the cover-spoiled appearance of Doctor Mirage.
Faith: Dreamside #1 art by MJ Kim and Jordie Bellaire
Faith: Dreamside #1 art by MJ Kim and Jordie Bellaire

Kim’s artwork is as endearing as Faith herself, mixing western and manga-inspired art styles to craft an aesthetic that is an homage to modern geek culture—also like Faith Herbert herself. Our hero is given plenty of panels to have heroic poses and show off her abilities. Jordie Bellaire’s color work is bright and upbeat but still avoids the trap of oversaturation.
Faith: Dreamside #1 is an endearing first installment for this new story about one of Valiant’s greatest heroes. Zephyr charms and wins the audience over immediately with her bubbly and determined personality, and MJ Kim and Jordie Bellaire create a world around her that looks distinctly attuned for Faith. This comic is a good read and worthy of a recommendation. Check it out.
Faith: Dreamside #1 comes to us from writer Jody Houser, artist MJ Kim, color artist Jordie Bellaire, letterer Dave Sharpe, cover artist Marguerite Sauvage, and variant cover artists Sibylline Meynet, Jenny Frisson, and Adam Pollina with David Baron.

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