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It's So Meta: Faith #2

Written by Jacob Sailor on Wednesday, August 24 2016 and posted in Reviews

It's So Meta: Faith #2

Last month was all about Faith. This month is all about her very own Lex Luthor.

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Pere Perez
Flashback Artist: Marguerite Sauvage
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe


There are times when meta-writing in comics is fun. It's being in on the joke and having the opportunity to lift your chin in smug satisfaction because you know what's going on and someone else, a casual fan maybe, doesn't have a clue. It's delightful when well placed. But when it's not it's... well, lame. Lame, awkward and, in the case of the follow up to last month's highly entertaining debut, boring. And that is not a good place to be. Being good, bad, or somewhere in the middle will get a response from the reader. Boring, however, throws everything off and makes the reader want it all to end.

So, where were we? Oh, yes. Faith #2: Her Greatest Enemy, picks up right where the first issue left off. With the first issue being all about Faith and establishing her as a character, this time we're given her villain's story in the only way a 'meh' villain can tell it: a monologue. Yes, that's right. Get ready for the villain that established himself in the final pages of issue #1 to talk and talk and talk, bragging about how awesome he is while slowly turning himself into what might possibly be a very, very watered down Mark Millar baddie. And that's being generous.

While I'm still on board with Faith as a character, I'm not on board with this guy. If he turns out to be her Lex Luther, which he quite literally says he wants to be, then writer Jody Houser is going to have her work cut out for her to make him interesting. Because right now, he's not. He was easily the least appealing part of the story, and his meta-villain plans to kill Faith took away from an inner monologue she has that runs through the later part of the story. That was a good monologue, and we got to see just how human and normal our super-powered geek is. But, this issue isn't really about Faith. It's about Captain Dull. (Not his real name.)

When the showdown comes to its much needed conclusion, the story picks up where Faith-in-disguise left off. And while this section of the comic is interesting and engaging, it doesn't work as ending. But it moves the story in a better way than the first pages of the comic did. So perhaps down the line shit will get real and we'll see something come from watered down Lex Luther and his plans to become the stuff of super villain legend. But this issue isn't really planting that idea, much as it tries. Even if you don't read Her Greatest Enemy, I can guarantee that somewhere, in some comic arc, you've pretty much read this issue several times already. Which begs the question, when issue #3 comes out, why bother?


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