Faith and the Future Force #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Artists: Stephen Segovia and Barry Kitson
Colors: Ulises Arreola

Faith Herbert is a superhero in hiding after she was framed for murder, but now she’s been recruited by a time-traveler and her dinosaur-women partner to help save all of time. Unfortunately, it may take more than just one hero to stop the killer robot that’s threatening all of reality.

Faith and the Future Force confuses me as a first issue to a series. The concept is pretty simple: time-traveller recruits superhero to save reality, so you’d imagine you don’t really need to spend much time on the concept, and instead you’d establish the characters, especially since the title seems to suggest this comic will follow a team of heroes. Weirdly enough, Faith and the Future Force does pretty much the exact opposite of this, instead opting to focus on the concept of time-travel itself, even going so far as to repeat the beginning of the comic after an anomaly. If this led to anything interesting or unique, it’d be fine, but it doesn’t, so it just reads like wasting time. By the end of the issue, we don’t even know the names of the “Future Force”, we don’t know who the villain is, and we’ve barely been introduced to Faith, Ank, or the time-travelling woman. Instead, a lot of time is spent on the idea of something called a Zelg chip, and how time portals work.

It’s backwards. We’ve been introduced to concepts and ideas before we’ve been given a reason to care.

Outside of the weird plotting, the writing isn’t particularly good in other places either. Of the three main characters, we get the sense that Faith is sort of a fangirl, but this doesn’t lead to much outside of a few “jokes” that are actually just references to other things. Ank is introduced as having little idea of how humans work, but outside of her calling a group of people a herd, this also doesn’t lead to anything. And the time-travelling woman is more or less just a plot device for exposition and clunky dialogue explaining the plot. The dialogue coming from these three barely developed characters is in general clunky and awkward.

The art by Segovia and Kitson is pretty average. It doesn’t really get a chance to shine or depict much of anything interesting in this issue outside of some interesting character designs – Ank in particular. There’s no action and half the issue is just an office space, with the other half being a forest. There’s just nothing particularly interesting to look at plot-wise, and what is there Segovia and Kitson don’t manage to make it interesting.

On the whole, Faith and the Future Force is pretty average, maybe slipping to below average in a few places due to some weird plot decisions and weak writing. As a first issue, it’s pretty bad.

Rating: 1.5/5

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