Harbinger #9 ReviewFebruary 27, 2013
Faith’s character takes the spotlight in Valiant’s Harbinger #9.
I imagine Voltaire was talking about a different kind of ‘Faith’ in his quote, but it works regardless. Considering my last review of Harbinger, it should come as no surprise that I was delighted to have an issue devoted almost entirely to Faith. The character.
To recap, Harbinger #8 left our heroes in the midst of a battle. It could have swung either way, but unfortunately, our little hero-lings are a tad too nubile to weather the storm thrown at them. Faith was fortunate, knocked unconscious is the last issue and thus left out of harm’s way as the others attack head-on. When things take a turn for the worst, it’s up to Faith to save the day.
Faith is pretty amazing like that. Since her inception she’s been just there at the nick of time, the thing no one else realized they needed. She is the most underestimated, and the least flashy. You’d think with all the powers at the disposal of these people, a chubby girl that can fly would be the weakest link. Without Faith however, Peter would have died in the past and most certainly would be dead now. She proves herself unquestionably loyal, and doesn’t think twice about risking her life against armed men to save her friends.
This is why I’m in love with this character. Harbinger’s Faith is every bit an allegory to one of the post inspiring facets of human nature; whether it’s faith in one’s spirituality, one’s friends, or one’s self, ‘faith’ is as often the last resort as it is the deciding factor in triumph.
As one point in the issue, Faith finally suits up, ditching her dishwasher gloves for a sleek costume as she prepares to take on the world. It’s a game no longer, this is war, and my girl is in it to win it.