Comics are full of handsome and beautiful heroes and heroines. Less perfect forms are often reserved for supporting characters or villains. Here’s an attempt to break that mold by offering a plus-size heroine, Faith Herbert, fighting crime as Zephyr. Formerly of the super-team The Renegades, she’s now on her own in Los Angeles.
Faith has found a job as Summer Smith, a blogger for a celebrity news site, and isn’t liking it much. Her boss is intimidating, her fellow employees cut-throat, and the subject matter sometimes off-putting, as when she’s expected to dish dirt on her ex-boyfriend. Despite her powers, Faith feels rather lost, and relies on her vivid fantasy-life imaginings, which we see depicted in a different art style, to get her through the day.
Faith’s first crime-fight is against puppy-nappers, but things soon turn more serious and deadly when she gets on the trail of a sinister group who is out to capture and drain power from other psiots (superheroes) like herself, who are perfectly willing to use their own agents as suicide bombers when necessary.
I enjoyed this collection of Faith’s first four issues that was given to me at Balticon. I admire the attempt to make the heroic field more inclusive, and wish writer Jody Houser and artists Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage well with the series.