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"Faithless #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BOOM! Studios

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Written by Brian Azzarello
Illustrated by Maria Llovet
Lettered by Deron Bennett
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 10th, 2019


Some of us go through a goth phase where we might wear dark eyeliner or dye our hair black. I just grew mine out and listened to Marilyn Manson. Faith is dabbling with magic. She's doodling symbols in her notebook and not thinking anything of it when Poppy comes into her life and changes everything. Poppy is outgoing and energetic. Faith is instantly pulled into her orbit and for the first time finds herself attracted to another woman. There's more to Poppy than she realizes though.

Faithless starts out like an adorable, if slightly dark, romantic comedy, although it's much more erotic than something like Hitch. Artist Maria Llovet's style complements this very well. She highlights specific elements that add to the sexual tension. For example, Faith meets Poppy by accidentally spilling coffee on her. Poppy changes her shirt right in the coffee shop and we see a shot of Faith looking at her with curiosity and lust.

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Their relationship feels natural from the get-go. These two women are meant to be together and it's rather adorable, so you look over some of the weirder things, like Poppy's ex-boyfriend who can't take life without her and jumps off a building on live TV. This bloodshed only strengthens the bond between the two women.

Faithless was promoted with the tagline “Faith is bored as hell and Hell has noticed.” What does that mean? Well, I don't want to spoil that here, but I will say that there's a very eye-opening moment in this issue that gives you a rough idea. It's a shocking image that forced a surprised scream out of me. Writer Brian Azzarello lulls you into a false sense of security to the point where you almost forget that supernatural element is looming, then pulls the rugs out from under you in the most jaw-dropping way possible.

In case you couldn't tell, Faithless is very much meant for mature readers. It fully embraces the sexual nature of the story. It's a natural part of these characters' lives, not something to be hidden or shown in the shadows. Llovet's style is perfect for this. There aren't any straight lines in the book. Everything is done by hand, giving it a more lived-in feel, to the point where things almost blur in the more erotic scenes.

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Letterer Deron Bennett brings a casual style to the dialogue, making it appear more conversational, which is a great fit. The word balloons are shown as more of a rounded rectangle instead of a traditional oval.

Faithless takes some time to establish the characters and their unique relationship, then leaves you with your jaw on the floor. It ends with an impressive cliffhanger that will have you begging for more. If this is how Hell notices Faith, I can't wait to see what it will do next.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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