Title Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith #1
Words Jeremy Lambert
Art Eleonora Carlini
Colors Mattia Iacono
Published February 24, 2021
Publisher’s Summary “The future of the Buffyverse begins in an all new one-shot revealing the secrets of Faith the Vampire Slayer. With no Watcher, no idea how to harness the power in her and no idea where it came from, Faith has fallen back on old habits — and morals — to guide her. But what happens when those morals don’t line up with the Council’s… or with Buffy’s? The origin of Faith is revealed here for the first time, with a shocking ending to this issue! A perfect jumping on point for new and longtime Buffy fans alike that sets the stage for shocking events to come.”
The origin story of the murderous and unstable Slayer Faith is presented in flashbacks and supplemented by the point of view of the neophyte Watcher Wesley. Her life before Sunnydale consisted of a series of dreamlike sequences where she could never be sure what was real. Things have suddenly got more serious for her and various factions are vying for her attention.
Jeremy Lambert has captured the essence of Faith. Her wisecracking, ethical ambiguity, and nascent nihilism shine and engage. Lambert arguably makes her more interesting than even Buffy. What really works though is how even though the narrative is close to the existing stories about Faith, there is added subtlety, particularly what is going on in her disturbed mind. The hypocrisy of the Watcher’s Council, though not in the forefront of the story, is clearly present, even in the early days of her training.
All roads lead to Sunnydale, apparently, and Faith will take the one with the most mayhem, and that is a welcome adventure.
The Bottom Line
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Faith is a terrific jumping on point for the Buffyverse centering on one of the most conflicted characters of them all. A satisfying entry in the canon for old and new fans alike.