Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Barry Kitson, Diego Bernard & Juan Castro
Colors: Ulises Arreola
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Neela Sethi and her dinosaur woman companion Ank have recruited the superhero Faith and her allies the Renegades to stop a robot that is destroying time and the very fabric of reality after Faith failed to stop it by herself in a previous timeline.
I thought the first issue had potential but was marred by a strange structure that repeated scenes twice and seemed to take time away from introducing the other members of the titular “future force”. As it turns out, the second issue doesn’t bother to introduce the rest of the future force either. Not even something as simple as their names or what powers they have. There are snippets of dialogue giving backstory, but completely without context.
So alright, let’s say that Neela, Ank, and Faith are the central characters and that the rest of the future force doesn’t matter to the story. In that case, the dialogue between the three is wooden and awkward at the best of times, and we still know nothing about any of them. Their history, relationships to each other, personality, nothing.
The main action of the issue takes place in Athens facing off against the robot. We still don’t know why this robot is destroying time, or how, or what it is. In fact, we know nothing about it other than the fact that it’s a threat. By two issues in, I don’t expect for the readers to have even more than a few answers, but something would be nice. Something to make people get invested in the story or care.
The action itself is fairly lackluster. The comic is colorful and well-drawn, but all of the action involves the robot simply making characters disappear, which doesn’t lead to interesting action. Faith and the Future Force also doesn’t take advantage of location, either. The first issue took place in some woods, and while the narration says Athens, it results in nothing more than a fairly contained open area with some marble as the main thing to look at. “Contained” and “open area” seem like they couldn’t exist in the space place, but they somehow do here. There’s little scope in the locations, leaving open sky as a blank background without any sense of scale.
To make things even worse, this issue eventually does the same thing the first issue did, repeating the same scenes from the previous issue before barely introducing an even larger amount of characters.
Faith and the Future Force has a fairly interesting concept, but two issues in and it’s shown to be incompetent at bringing that concept to life.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.