Title: Faith: Dreamside #1
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: MJ Kim
Cover: Marguerite Sauvage
Publication Date: September 26, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Even before Faith Herbert, AKA Zephyr, gained the power of flight, joined the Harbinger Renegades, and soared through the skies of the Valiant Universe, deep down she was always a hero at heart. But what’s a hero to do in the face of a foe that exists only in nightmares? Face them head-on, of course! To protect the dreams of her teammate, Animalia, Faith must venture into a fantastical new realm the likes of which we’ve never seen…and she’ll need some help from the world’s premiere parapsychologist, Dr. Mirage, to make it back with her subconscious mind still intact!
This fall, uncover the secrets of the Dreamside as writer extraordinaire Jody Houser (FAITH, Star Wars: Thrawn) and rising star MJ Kim (FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1) continue the adventures of the high-flying icon…”
We meet up with Fair as she sits in her cubicle, down on herself and life. Things seems a little humdrum for Faith as she’s been sent deep underground, but things change quickly for a hero. After revealing her hero identity to save a young girl trapped in a car, Faith finds herself in the back of a police care, arrested for a crime she was didn’t commit. But, as luck would have it, Faith gets sprung from the cop car and rescued. Her rescuer turns out to be a young girl who desperately needs Faith’s help because…she…sees…ghosts.
Jody Houser puts out a kick-ass debut issue! Houser packs mystery and intrigue, and a fair amount of character and plot development in Faith: Dreamside #1. Faith starts out a bit defeated, but she quickly finds her stride by end of the issue. Houser’s portrayal of the character is spot on, Faith is warm, sensitive, caring and immensely powerful. Aside from Faith herself, the story has a strong foundation. Houser layers in intrigue with the cliffhanger, which leaves the reader wondering if superheroes and ghosts live in the same universe.
MJ Kim’s art sets the perfect tone, the images are soft, but detailed. The depiction of the giant green monster is brilliant, with elements of Godzilla, but not quite the same. The settings are equally familiar, a fact that I suspect will quickly change as Faith embarks on her mission.
The Bottom Line:
Faith: Dreamside #1 is an excellent debut issue. Houser positions the hero, Faith, in a tight spot and goes from bad to strange. I’m looking forward to what’s next for our hero.