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Because you Demanded it! The high-flying hero that captured the Imagination of the world is back with a Colossal new ongoing series! In a city under siege by robots, aliens, monsters, and even worse... celebrities, there is only one woman the people of Los Angeles can count on: the stratospheric superhero called Faith! Aspiring reporter by day and dedicated crime-fighter by Because you Demanded it! The high-flying hero that captured the Imagination of the world is back with a Colossal new ongoing series! In a city under siege by robots, aliens, monsters, and even worse... celebrities, there is only one woman the people of Los Angeles can count on: the stratospheric superhero called Faith! Aspiring reporter by day and dedicated crime-fighter by night, Faith has tackled every obstacle in her path with confidence like those crushing deadlines at work, the long-distance boyfriend half a world away, and the missing back issues that plague her comics collection! But, unbeknownst to her, Faith is about to collide with the one force she never saw coming: an up-and-coming super-villain bent on snuffing her out once and for all! But who is lurking behind the mask of her new foe and could they just be the one person capable of rendering Faith powerless? Faith's headline-grabbing adventures continue here as breakout writer Jody Houser (Orphan Black) and sensational artists Pere Pérez (Archer & Armstrong) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics: Bombshells) deliver the next high-flying chapter to the all-new ongoing series read round the world! Collecting: Faith 1-4


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Because you Demanded it! The high-flying hero that captured the Imagination of the world is back with a Colossal new ongoing series! In a city under siege by robots, aliens, monsters, and even worse... celebrities, there is only one woman the people of Los Angeles can count on: the stratospheric superhero called Faith! Aspiring reporter by day and dedicated crime-fighter by Because you Demanded it! The high-flying hero that captured the Imagination of the world is back with a Colossal new ongoing series! In a city under siege by robots, aliens, monsters, and even worse... celebrities, there is only one woman the people of Los Angeles can count on: the stratospheric superhero called Faith! Aspiring reporter by day and dedicated crime-fighter by night, Faith has tackled every obstacle in her path with confidence like those crushing deadlines at work, the long-distance boyfriend half a world away, and the missing back issues that plague her comics collection! But, unbeknownst to her, Faith is about to collide with the one force she never saw coming: an up-and-coming super-villain bent on snuffing her out once and for all! But who is lurking behind the mask of her new foe and could they just be the one person capable of rendering Faith powerless? Faith's headline-grabbing adventures continue here as breakout writer Jody Houser (Orphan Black) and sensational artists Pere Pérez (Archer & Armstrong) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics: Bombshells) deliver the next high-flying chapter to the all-new ongoing series read round the world! Collecting: Faith 1-4

30 review for Faith, Volume 2: California Scheming

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Faith is by far the best character in this current version of the Valiant universe. She should guest in every Valiant book like Wolverine in the 90's. I dig how she looks like a real person, not a super model. Her uber-nerdness gets me every time. I love her mention about how the OG Star Wars E.U. was a lot better. I've had that exact same conversation more than once. The villain in the first half of the book is a little one note but the book really shines when Faith takes Archer to his first co Faith is by far the best character in this current version of the Valiant universe. She should guest in every Valiant book like Wolverine in the 90's. I dig how she looks like a real person, not a super model. Her uber-nerdness gets me every time. I love her mention about how the OG Star Wars E.U. was a lot better. I've had that exact same conversation more than once. The villain in the first half of the book is a little one note but the book really shines when Faith takes Archer to his first comic book convention. The villain is still kind of inconsequential but once Faith gets magicked, the story really turns up a notch. I'll leave it at that so as not to spoil anything.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I was not impressed with the first volume of this series, nor was I impressed with the first half of this book. (Stupid villain, bland characters and action.) The second didn't seem like it would improve much as the main character and her boyfriend went to a comic convention and stumbled across yet another stupid villain. But then in the final chapter a doppelganger appears and the story ends in the sort of grand gesture of heroism and sacrifice for which I am a total sucker. I feel like I'm fin I was not impressed with the first volume of this series, nor was I impressed with the first half of this book. (Stupid villain, bland characters and action.) The second didn't seem like it would improve much as the main character and her boyfriend went to a comic convention and stumbled across yet another stupid villain. But then in the final chapter a doppelganger appears and the story ends in the sort of grand gesture of heroism and sacrifice for which I am a total sucker. I feel like I'm finally starting to understand Faith as a character and can admire her. I just wish she had some worthy foes or challenges to face, because one good chapter out of eight in her first two volumes is not a great ratio.

  3. 4 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    Oof. This is not as good as the first volume. What’s it about? Faith is struggling to balance superhero life and normal nerd life. Well, she gets pretty excited when she gets the chance to meet her favorite actor... but it might not work out so well. Oh and some trouble happens at a comic con! Pros: The story is fun. It’s nothing particularly complex or deep but it’s a fun superhero tale. The characters are still interesting. The title character is relatable and has a nice personality which makes man Oof. This is not as good as the first volume. What’s it about? Faith is struggling to balance superhero life and normal nerd life. Well, she gets pretty excited when she gets the chance to meet her favorite actor... but it might not work out so well. Oh and some trouble happens at a comic con! Pros: The story is fun. It’s nothing particularly complex or deep but it’s a fun superhero tale. The characters are still interesting. The title character is relatable and has a nice personality which makes many readers (including myself) care about the character. This has some pretty decent comic relief moments. There are a LOT of easter eggs and references in this volume. Especially in the final 2 issues which take place at a comic con. I especially loved this one panel that even has a bunch of comic book creators at the con, that was so fun! You also saw various things at the conventions, cosplays and even before that there were some references. LOVED THE NERDY STUFF! Cons: There is less action than I hoped for. There were a few exciting moments but not as much as I expected. This story is fairly predictable. I saw the majority of the twists coming way before the reveal. The ending is kinda weak. The one villain’s comic con scheme is iffy. So I let the no weapons thing slide because it was mentioned and takes place in California which has fucking terrible gun laws (I’m used to comic cons in PA where real blades are sold and it’s a near guarantee that at least a few people are packin’ at a major event) but how is there almost no security at this huge con with a bunch of high profile creators? Also, when fans are being assaulted and villains are trying to steal their shit they don’t even attempt to fight back? Seems unlikely considering how I’ve witnessed people shoving other people at comic shop sales, I’m not even one of those psychos but if someone assaulted me AND tried to steal my stuff, they’d probably be leaving that comic con in an ambulance. It just seems so unlikely and strange. Mixed thoughts: The art. Some panels look great, some panels look terrible, a lot of it looks just “okay”. Overall: A major step down from volume one (which I gave 5 stars) but not bad. It has quite a few problems but is still entertaining enough though I’m not so sure if I’d as excitedly recommended the series. 3/5

  4. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    Faith is a great character and this series is just a lot of fun. I love how she looks like a normal person and the story does a good job of balancing her superhero persona with her everyday life. She's very relatable as well, from her nerdy interests to slipping off into random daydreams. The villains might be a little bit simplistic right now but they're also fun in a way that pokes fun at current pop culture. Definitely would recommend this series to anyone looking for a fun and upbeat superhe Faith is a great character and this series is just a lot of fun. I love how she looks like a normal person and the story does a good job of balancing her superhero persona with her everyday life. She's very relatable as well, from her nerdy interests to slipping off into random daydreams. The villains might be a little bit simplistic right now but they're also fun in a way that pokes fun at current pop culture. Definitely would recommend this series to anyone looking for a fun and upbeat superhero series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    I bloomin' love this series!! The story in this volume is very contained. I like that it's small and takes place in a geek convention XD I bloomin' love this series!! The story in this volume is very contained. I like that it's small and takes place in a geek convention XD

  6. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    ★★★1/2 Things are going pretty well for Faith. She's getting more popular as a superhero, her budding relationship with Archer is still going strong, and she's doing pretty well at work. But the life of a superhero doesn't come without it's complications. And Faith's comes in the form of the arrival of her first arch-nemesis! I hope they develop that villain here a bit more as they continue this series because I felt a little let down in this volume. The series is still bright, optimistic, and ado ★★★1/2 Things are going pretty well for Faith. She's getting more popular as a superhero, her budding relationship with Archer is still going strong, and she's doing pretty well at work. But the life of a superhero doesn't come without it's complications. And Faith's comes in the form of the arrival of her first arch-nemesis! I hope they develop that villain here a bit more as they continue this series because I felt a little let down in this volume. The series is still bright, optimistic, and adorable but I'm hoping that the goofy conflicts get a bit more meat on their bones in the future! I did really enjoy Faith and Archer's ComicCon adventure!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Full review: http://heathersreadinghideaway.blogsp... Quick review: This series is amazing. I love the story, the dialogue, the art, and the characters. Faith is a character I am so happy to be rooting for and I wish this series or something like it was available for me when I was younger. I cannot recommend this comic series enough. Full review: http://heathersreadinghideaway.blogsp... Quick review: This series is amazing. I love the story, the dialogue, the art, and the characters. Faith is a character I am so happy to be rooting for and I wish this series or something like it was available for me when I was younger. I cannot recommend this comic series enough.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    Still liking this series. In this volume, Faith plays D&D, actually meets Chris Chriswell, fights an honest-to-god supervillain, and goes to a con. In some ways Faith reminds me of Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl. Yes, she's older, but all of them share a similar cheerful, can-do spirit, as well as an endearing geekiness. Not that Marvel/Valiant crossovers are common, but I’d love to see the three of them go to a con together or something. This is definitely not a Grim and Gritty series, and that's Still liking this series. In this volume, Faith plays D&D, actually meets Chris Chriswell, fights an honest-to-god supervillain, and goes to a con. In some ways Faith reminds me of Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl. Yes, she's older, but all of them share a similar cheerful, can-do spirit, as well as an endearing geekiness. Not that Marvel/Valiant crossovers are common, but I’d love to see the three of them go to a con together or something. This is definitely not a Grim and Gritty series, and that's just fine. This comic satisfies my inner fan. Recommended!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lestat

    Having read the first season of Faith with immense enjoy, I couldn't wait to pick up the new series. I read them as single issues, and my faith in the story and the writers diminished with each passing panel. Where in season 1, the novelty of Faith being the first plus-sized superhero to headline a comic book was overshadowed by her wit, her humour and the action-packed storyline, the first three issues of season 2 retread a lot of the angst of Faith in season 1, but without quite as much humour Having read the first season of Faith with immense enjoy, I couldn't wait to pick up the new series. I read them as single issues, and my faith in the story and the writers diminished with each passing panel. Where in season 1, the novelty of Faith being the first plus-sized superhero to headline a comic book was overshadowed by her wit, her humour and the action-packed storyline, the first three issues of season 2 retread a lot of the angst of Faith in season 1, but without quite as much humour. The majority of issue one is all fantasy; not even fantasy pertaining to the storyline, which eats up valuable space, without moving or adding to the story in any way. Far too much attention is paid to a potential costume change - not something on Faith's mind, but it is on someone else's. I don't think Faith's costume should be front and center, especially when it detracts from the main storyline. Each issue feels painfully curtailed because not enough meat goes into those 20-odd pages. There's a couple of issues featuring a comic con; but instead of being fun and a place where we get to see all kinds of people enjoying geekdom (and a possibility of seeing Faith truly in her element), it becomes an overly pedantic, preachy sermon on con-etiquette. Con-etiquette is supremely important, but let's put it this way, those of us picking up our copies of Faith aren't the ones who need to be taught con behaviour - trust me, we're the good guys. There's also an art to teaching people a lesson through, well, art, and this book doesn't have it. The final issue of this segment was the only good one. Pretty funny and action-packed, with a smidgen of the first season's excellence. I'm not too happy with how Archer, Faith's partner in crime and hopefully more soon, seems to be saving the day. Faith next to never uses her power in this season. And given the first issue starts of with an evil organisation's attempts to besmirch her good name, it's ridiculous that this particular plotline isn't followed through with Faith's powers unleashed to the max. Having said that, I also believe it's too early in Faith's career to include the besmirching of good name thing. I'm gutted that the glory of season one was not realised in season 2. Faith deserves it and so do all the fans who've long deserved an awesome hero like her. There needs to be a balance of personal struggles and her unabashed superheroing, but at the moment that's not what we're getting. We need more Faith in our lives, for sure, but the writers need to up the ante and make her a credible hero with strong plotlines and a lot more action.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    I read a lot of comics, and even more writing about comics and there's one cliche that's contained in a great number of such writing: X is a superhero who manages to be one of us. This is a cliche, that often falls flat because Hero X is blessed with superhuman abilities, superb genes that make them look like Gucci models, and who's secret identity is usually a multi-billionaire who can afford monogrammed toilet paper. That's why Faith is so wonderful because for once the cliche isn't just a clic I read a lot of comics, and even more writing about comics and there's one cliche that's contained in a great number of such writing: X is a superhero who manages to be one of us. This is a cliche, that often falls flat because Hero X is blessed with superhuman abilities, superb genes that make them look like Gucci models, and who's secret identity is usually a multi-billionaire who can afford monogrammed toilet paper. That's why Faith is so wonderful because for once the cliche isn't just a cliche. it's real and honest. Jody Houser's writing make Faith nothing more than a nerd. Someone with an informed opinion about the Star Wars prequels, someone who loves Firefly, someone who plays D&D with friends after working a shitty job writing for what is essentially Buzzfeed. This book is the second volume, and while it doesn't contribute much in terms of an ongoing story-line the beauty is it doesn't have to. it's a joy and a pleasure to read Faith because she is just one of us. She's a woman who is trying to be herself and rock herself and reading that is fun. I feel like I'm reading the diary of a fellow nerd, who just happens to have super powers and encounter real life would-be super villains. Faith is a wonderful book, and worth reading, if only to find a superhero who really is, to quote the movie Freaks, "One of us."

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Really good. Love the art work and love Faith. This is a feel-good comic for everyone with positive messages and goofy storylines. Honestly how fun is it to send a superhero to a comic-con so she can fan girl out and then have to save the day from magical duplicates!?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    Faith remains a truly awesome comic. I love the nerdy commentary, and the story lines are fantastic. Can't wait for more! Faith remains a truly awesome comic. I love the nerdy commentary, and the story lines are fantastic. Can't wait for more!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I still love Faith, but this just wasn't a terribly exciting volume. Two issues set at a con was at least one too many. I still love Faith, but this just wasn't a terribly exciting volume. Two issues set at a con was at least one too many.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tiffani

    I love that this character and comic exists.

  15. 4 out of 5

    S.

    I used to go to cons regularly and really enjoyed the con part of this graphic novel. Except the art, it's better than the first volume. I used to go to cons regularly and really enjoyed the con part of this graphic novel. Except the art, it's better than the first volume.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hobart

    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- This picks up right after the stories in Volume 1 -- Zephyr establishes herself more strongly as a presence in LA, her alter ego Summer makes some more friends, and Faith goes out on a date to a comic con. I've already had to return this to the library, so I can't remember character names -- sorry. Faith's a major fan (has had recurring romantic dreams about) this super-hero/action film star who's some sort of amalgamation of Chris Evans/C This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- This picks up right after the stories in Volume 1 -- Zephyr establishes herself more strongly as a presence in LA, her alter ego Summer makes some more friends, and Faith goes out on a date to a comic con. I've already had to return this to the library, so I can't remember character names -- sorry. Faith's a major fan (has had recurring romantic dreams about) this super-hero/action film star who's some sort of amalgamation of Chris Evans/Chris Pine/Chris Hemsworth. I don't know if Faith's obsession with goes back before the limited series, but it's well established. Faith does meet him in this collection, and . . . I was disappointed. That story felt too rushed, too hurried -- at the same time, I'm not sure what else could've been done with it -- and the brevity of the interaction between the two served the story. Still, I felt cheated after all the build-up. That's actually a recurring theme for me when it comes to this collection -- I thought the story telling was a bit more shallow in this collection than the previous, but somehow I enjoyed these stories more. Unlike the limited run, there are a variety of stories being told -- some about Faith, some about her super-heroing, some about her social life as Summer -- so given the width and breadth of the scope, they couldn't get down too deep. Still, I want more depth; I want richer, more developed characters -- but I want them to be as fun as this collection. Is that asking too much? Yeah, probably. Still this was fun. It made me like the characters more and want to spend more time with them -- which sounds pretty good to me. I don't think I have anything to say about the art here that I didn't already say about the previous collection -- there's some good stuff here. Fun characters; shallow, but entertaining stories; spiffy and attractive art -- this collection has everything you'd want. This is a series to get into.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Superstar (Faith #1-4). Faith continues to have great characterization and to really focus on what her life is like. Here we get a fun interaction with her Dungeon Master and a very cute date with Archer at a ComiCon. (Basically, any interaction with Archer is great.) But, it continues to be weak with its plots. A would-be arch-nemesis is only interesting because he suggests a long-term plot, and a murderous mouse is interesting only because he's at ComicCon. With that said, the fourth issue rai Superstar (Faith #1-4). Faith continues to have great characterization and to really focus on what her life is like. Here we get a fun interaction with her Dungeon Master and a very cute date with Archer at a ComiCon. (Basically, any interaction with Archer is great.) But, it continues to be weak with its plots. A would-be arch-nemesis is only interesting because he suggests a long-term plot, and a murderous mouse is interesting only because he's at ComicCon. With that said, the fourth issue raises the bar with some really fun story related to Faith's magical duplicate [3+/5].

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    Faith does grow on you because I enjoyed this second volume a bit more than the first. I particularly liked the chapters where she goes to a comic convention. It played right into my geek sensitivities. The writing still feels a bit weak in spots, but I like the art and really appreciate all the super geeky elements that are included. I'm still not super excited to get the next volume, but I'm glad I read this far. Faith does grow on you because I enjoyed this second volume a bit more than the first. I particularly liked the chapters where she goes to a comic convention. It played right into my geek sensitivities. The writing still feels a bit weak in spots, but I like the art and really appreciate all the super geeky elements that are included. I'm still not super excited to get the next volume, but I'm glad I read this far.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    4.5/5 The art! The references! Reading it with Marion! So good.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    Goofiness, respect, kindness, Faith is terrific! A new super villain appears on the scene, and Faith goes to a con with Archer, and of course there is crime fighting.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carey

    I LOVE FAITH!

  22. 4 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    The saga of Faith continues. The Goodreads desc about the events is perfect, so I'll leave it at that. Everything seemed to settle into place on this second volume, and I was quite content. The saga of Faith continues. The Goodreads desc about the events is perfect, so I'll leave it at that. Everything seemed to settle into place on this second volume, and I was quite content.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Synopsis Faith is back in action and ready to tackle her dreams of becoming a reporter by day as well as tackle the bad guys by night. Now that she’s actually making some friends around town, hiding her super persona is getting harder and harder. But, that’s not nearly as hard as discovering the face behind LA’s latest villain. Will he be her undoing? Faith, Vol. 2: California Scheming by Jody Houser, Pere Pérez, Marguerite Sauvage, Andrew Dalhouse, Dave Sharpe, and Kevin Wada ★★★★ Genre: Comic Book Synopsis Faith is back in action and ready to tackle her dreams of becoming a reporter by day as well as tackle the bad guys by night. Now that she’s actually making some friends around town, hiding her super persona is getting harder and harder. But, that’s not nearly as hard as discovering the face behind LA’s latest villain. Will he be her undoing? Faith, Vol. 2: California Scheming by Jody Houser, Pere Pérez, Marguerite Sauvage, Andrew Dalhouse, Dave Sharpe, and Kevin Wada ★★★★ Genre: Comic Book/Superhero/Sci-Fi Release Date: November 2016 Source: Library – Borrowed On My Shelf: No I absolutely loved the first volume of this new story! However, I’m not exactly sure how I felt about this one. Faith is still an awesome super hero, and I love her to death; my issues were more with the storyline/direction of this comic than with the characters. There were so many things I still totally loved about this volume such as Faith, herself, as well as all her friends and how she handles situations. I thought there was a great deal of character development in this volume and enjoyed seeing Faith grow as a person and branch out with her friendships. Also, the budding relationship towards the end was great. I can’t wait to read more of this comic because of all this awesome-sauce stuff going on. But then there were the not so great things about this volume that I can’t ignore. I thought the storyline choice was interesting, but not something solid enough to build an entire story arc around. I did overall enjoy the concept but more-so didn’t like the execution. It felt a bit less put together to me and the plot lines felt stretched/almost over-reached for. I’m not exactly sure how to get my feelings out in words, but something just felt…off. I can’t say exactly what, but here is where I think it comes in the execution for me. I felt that the plot line was handled in a strange way that didn’t sit right with me. That’s as much detail as I can muster to go into, as the words feel like they’re escaping me, and, for me, it was more of an off-putting feeling than anything I can directly form into words. So, wrapping things up, overall I still definitely recommend this comic! If you liked the first, chances are you’ll like this one. And, if you haven’t started reading yet, please do! This is a great story that deserves more attention than it gets. Review originally published on my Wordpress blog Ashly Reads.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    Faith is very much a silly, fun superhero book stylised after the days of old. There's little angst, nothing is dark, and the book is accessible to all ages. Plus it features an unapologetic plus size protagonist! In this second volume, we get the set-up for a rather goofy arch-nemesis, but that seems rather fitting for the book overall. There's also a plot at a convention where Faith and her new boyfriend have to track down a thief who stole a magical artifact that creates body duplicates. Is t Faith is very much a silly, fun superhero book stylised after the days of old. There's little angst, nothing is dark, and the book is accessible to all ages. Plus it features an unapologetic plus size protagonist! In this second volume, we get the set-up for a rather goofy arch-nemesis, but that seems rather fitting for the book overall. There's also a plot at a convention where Faith and her new boyfriend have to track down a thief who stole a magical artifact that creates body duplicates. Is the story particularly ambitious other than the protagonist? Nope, but honestly, it's refreshing to have a superhero book about a superhero who isn't dealing with the apocalypse on a daily basis!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)

    A few minor complaints— parts of the plot felt a little repetitive from the first volume (view spoiler)[is the author convinced that everyone who works in Hollywood is actually evil and out to get us? (hide spoiler)] — but overall very enjoyable. I loved the fandom elements to Faith's geekiness— cosplay, cons. Playing RPGs with her new friends. I can't quite gather my thoughts up entirely, but I enjoyed it more than the first volume overall. A few minor complaints— parts of the plot felt a little repetitive from the first volume (view spoiler)[is the author convinced that everyone who works in Hollywood is actually evil and out to get us? (hide spoiler)] — but overall very enjoyable. I loved the fandom elements to Faith's geekiness— cosplay, cons. Playing RPGs with her new friends. I can't quite gather my thoughts up entirely, but I enjoyed it more than the first volume overall.

  26. 5 out of 5

    April

    Even better than book one. Faith is settling into LA and has a new nemesis brewing and her secret identity may be in trouble and her new boyfriend Archer isn't sure about his first ever Comic Con complete with cosplay...really fun and delightful with some great plot threads and villian-butts-to-kick. Even better than book one. Faith is settling into LA and has a new nemesis brewing and her secret identity may be in trouble and her new boyfriend Archer isn't sure about his first ever Comic Con complete with cosplay...really fun and delightful with some great plot threads and villian-butts-to-kick.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Page

    The second trade paperback in the Faith comic book series is called California Scheming. It is, again, written by Jody Houser! Hooray for women working in comic books! The rest of the creative team is still largely male, although Marguerite Sauvage is the artist for the fantasy sequences (more about that later). In the hands of a woman, our fat female superhero is treated with dignity and is so very human — despite her abilities to fly and use a “companion field” to carry people and objects and The second trade paperback in the Faith comic book series is called California Scheming. It is, again, written by Jody Houser! Hooray for women working in comic books! The rest of the creative team is still largely male, although Marguerite Sauvage is the artist for the fantasy sequences (more about that later). In the hands of a woman, our fat female superhero is treated with dignity and is so very human — despite her abilities to fly and use a “companion field” to carry people and objects and protect herself from bullets, for example. The character was introduced in a previous series, briefly, where she was not taken seriously. In Jody Houser’s hands, Faith is a fully realized woman. By day, the character goes by Summer Smith, wears a wig and glasses, and works as a content creator at a trendy online magazine. To friends who know she’s a superhero, she’s Faith Herbert, the name she was given at birth. And Faith is a huge science fiction, fantasy, and comic book nerd. When she puts on her costume, her superhero name is Zephyr. I asked my comic-loving husband if superheroes typically have two “day” names, and he said no. However, when Clark Kent becomes Superman, how is it not obvious who he is? Thus, it makes sense that Faith takes on a “day job” name and disguise. California Scheming has two mini stories that will likely continue in the next trade paperback. Firstly, Zephyr is out late fighting “generic” crime — no archnemeses! — and is struggling to stay awake at work. A few co-workers know who she is, so they take pity on her. But, Faith’s boss knows too, and wants to use that knowledge to guilt her employee to pen a column by Zephyr to increase readership. #WorkProblems! While it’s hard to know when to keep her superhero and work lives separate, Faith can’t say no when Zephyr is asked to do an interview with a famous male celebrity — a fictional Chris Pine/Hemsworth/Evans/Pratt type. There were some definitely “mwa ha ha” parts in this first mini plot that made me giggle and roll my eyes, but I still had fun. The second plot line was much more interesting. Faith asks a guy she’s interested in to go to a comic con with her. The guy has never been to one, so the entire plot is framed by “CON TIPS!” for attendance, such as, “There are all kinds of people who go to conventions. Don’t be a gatekeeper! Remember that everyone is welcome.” Meanwhile, Faith and her guy are fighting a villain who is stealing from vendor booths! Jody Houser creates interesting action sequences between a hero and villain while paying respect to the comic con setting with these “CON TIPS!” And the comic con beautifully emphasizes Faith’s nerdy background that relates to readers. I had to confirm some of the inside jokes, such as when Faith thinks, “This is the worst night. Midi-chlorians bad,” confirming Jody Houser’s nerd-chops. When Faith’s fantasizing about how she would like things to go (e.g. meeting the famous Chris for an interview), her fantasies are drawn by Marguerite Sauvage, whose style is girly, a bit pixie, more colorful, like She-Ra: Princess of Power mixed with Japanese animation. I love how Faith has hopes for how things will go in her life, which is clear motivation — a perspective I haven’t seen in the few male superhero comics I’ve read. Everything is about global, if not universal, destruction with male superheroes, which makes them unrelatable to me. I found Faith: California Scheming both relatable and fun to read. The character is new, so any reader can jump in easily to her story, and we continue to get a fat woman represented beautifully in a medium that is still unfriendly territory for women. Faith thinks about her body size (in Hollywood and Vine it was completely unmentioned), but not in a negative way, or with the feeling that she should change. Recommended! This review was originally published at Grab the Lapels.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Faith’s having trouble balancing her superhero life with her civilian identity – oh no, she’s a superhero cliché! But when her daytime job and her superheroics collide, Faith finds herself at a photoshoot with her favourite movie star, Chris Criswell! But…why does he have an elaborate deathtrap? I know movie stars are excentric, but are they all supervillains in disguise? Then, Faith and Archer head to Comic Con and battle a magically multiplying menace, which leads to double Faiths and double t Faith’s having trouble balancing her superhero life with her civilian identity – oh no, she’s a superhero cliché! But when her daytime job and her superheroics collide, Faith finds herself at a photoshoot with her favourite movie star, Chris Criswell! But…why does he have an elaborate deathtrap? I know movie stars are excentric, but are they all supervillains in disguise? Then, Faith and Archer head to Comic Con and battle a magically multiplying menace, which leads to double Faiths and double trouble! In a rare move for Valiant, these four issues actually form two two-part stories rather than one four parter. The first acts as both a reintroduction to the character for those who didn’t read the previous mini-series or Faith’s prior adventures, and then sets her against her biggest crush, an obvious (but no less hilarious) parody of the Crisis On Infinite Chrises that Marvel face with their movies. It’s a story that fits Faith to a tee, and Jody Houser’s inner narrative continues to amuse as Faith fangirls her way to victory. The second arc is an education in convention etiquette as well as a very fun adventure; you wouldn’t think that Faith and Archer would make such a good pair, but they’re really quite sweet together, and Faith’s enthusiasm for everything nerdy is infectious. The final conclusion is a bit of a downer, but the hard contrast between it and the rest of the volume makes it even more effective. The little details in the art are especially good too, with lots of recognizable characters or parodies of characters wandering around the con floor, plus realistic civilians of all shapes and sizes and some familiar faces down Artist's Alley. Marguerite Sauvage returns for a few pages each issue, sometimes as dream sequences, other times as flashbacks (such as Chris Crisswell’s supervillain origin story), and they’re just as pretty as ever. Meanwhile Pere Perez takes over on main art duties, and he’s a much better fit than Francis Portela was previously; Perez’s lines are softer, and his eyes are less creepy, so Faith’s world comes across as a little more pastel and a little less uncanny valley. There’s less of a disconnect between Perez’s pages and Sauvage’s too, which allows for a little more visual synergy. They’re still distinct from one another, but much more cohesive overall. If anything, this second Faith volume is even stronger than the first. Valiant have found the perfect writer in Jody Houser to capture the essence of Faith, and the situations that Houser puts her in are exactly what’s needed to bring out the best in the character. With a fun guest star in Archer and great art from Perez and Sauvage, Faith’s ongoing series is off to a superb start.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matisse

    I like Faith. = ) Moreover, I like how Valiant handles its universe. In a Marvel or DC title we feel like morons for not following every crossover or event, but not so with Valiant titles. We don't feel too bad for not knowing exactly what Archer has been up to when he makes his appearance here. Faith's backstory doesn't rear its head all that often. While I fully admit that I wouldn't be reading Faith if not for having read Harbinger before, I don't feel like I'm missing out by not reading that I like Faith. = ) Moreover, I like how Valiant handles its universe. In a Marvel or DC title we feel like morons for not following every crossover or event, but not so with Valiant titles. We don't feel too bad for not knowing exactly what Archer has been up to when he makes his appearance here. Faith's backstory doesn't rear its head all that often. While I fully admit that I wouldn't be reading Faith if not for having read Harbinger before, I don't feel like I'm missing out by not reading that title's concurrent-to-Faith-and-also-featuring-her-in-it sequel, Harbinger Renegades. It helps that so far, our heroine has had rather casual stories. These are fun adventures. Moving on, I've always loved Faith's character design and personality, and this title takes it a step farther. We see a few glimpses of Faith's insecurity, but we contrast that with her total lack of romantic-or-body-image-y angst. She's just a person. That's always been the strongest message in Valiant titles, be they Harbinger or Shadow Man or Archer & Armstrong. We're all just people here. ^_^

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This volume starts out with an *extremely* helpful recap of the last volume, thank goodness. I read the first volume in July of last year, so I would've been very lost. They opened with her playing D&D, which was fantastic. I loved the little nerdisms sprinkled throughout the whole volume too, even the ones I didn't get. The "arch-nemesis" was a bit of a head-scratcher though. He wants to be a villain but is too handsome, so he gets a complex and kidnaps Faith/Zephyr/Summer to create more heroes This volume starts out with an *extremely* helpful recap of the last volume, thank goodness. I read the first volume in July of last year, so I would've been very lost. They opened with her playing D&D, which was fantastic. I loved the little nerdisms sprinkled throughout the whole volume too, even the ones I didn't get. The "arch-nemesis" was a bit of a head-scratcher though. He wants to be a villain but is too handsome, so he gets a complex and kidnaps Faith/Zephyr/Summer to create more heroes to fight... Then he attacks her with a bunch of lookalike stunt doubles... But (what a twist!) turns out that she didn't defeat him after all, more clone/lookalike shenanigans... Wut? I did like that it was a hardcore cosplayer who figured out her "secret identity". That makes complete sense. The whole con arc was silly and frankly boring. The con tips were just awkward and broke the story. I would've been okay with it if they had pushed the 4th wall more, actually, but they shied away from being too self-aware. The not-too-subtle plug of artist friends was also awkward. And then an "evil" clone double she inexplicably fantasizes having a wonderful life with over the course of less than an hour? Again, wut? Whatever. I'll still read the next one.

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