Valiant Launches Faith #1 – The Only Plus-Size Female Superheroine With Her Own Comic

Last week, we told you that Valiant had at least one – and possibly several – new female-led series in the works to give their universe a leading female icon ala DC's Wonder Woman or Marvel's Captain Marvel. Now we have confirmation of the next such series, set follow in the  wake of the previously announced Death-Defying Dr. Mirage: Second Lives #1 for December…


Announced today via CBR, Faith #1 (of 4) will be arriving in January from writer Jody Houser, writer of IDW's #1 chart-topping series Orphan Black, with Green Lantern's Francis Portela and DC Bombshells' Marguerite Sauvage on art. It is the first-ever solo series for the character.


Originally debuting in the pages of Valiant's Harbinger series, Faith Herbert was a teenage recruit to the Harbinger Foundation before escaping with Peter Stanchek and the Harbinger Renegades to fight their former mentor Toyo Harada. Gifted with the power of flight and the ability to carry other objects in a "companion field," Faith is also notably lighthearted fangirl, often known for name checking Joss Whedon and her comics collection during her adventures. Buoyant in both in personality and free-flying due to her abilities, Faith was given the codename "Zephyr" and has a been a central fixture of the Valiant Universe in recent years.


Perhaps more importantly, however, Faith is also the only plus-sized female in mainstream comics with a series to call her own. In an era where representation is all the rage in comics, is Valiant about to tap a whole new demographic for its line?

FAITH-001-VARIANT-KANO-05cbeHere's how CBR sums up the series:

Starting in January, "Faith" will follow the young superhero as she takes a hint from her favorite comics and gets hired as a news reporter — all the better for her to track down and fight crime at night!

More to come at New York Comic Con no doubt…

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