Faithless brings together writer Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet to make an erotic drama with a dose of magic thrown in. It’s a series that’s at once curious and mysterious. The first issue was a fantastic character drama with a wicked twist. Issue #2 brings that same model to the forefront.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
It’s a world of opulence, excess, and sensuality–and something darker that she can’t put her finger on. There is something . . . curious about these people, a darkness or shadow just at the edge of reason . . . and maybe it is exactly what Faith is looking for.
Why does this matter?
When it comes to movies, novels, or comics, they all share the same amazing ability to move us and/or make us think. It’s a quality you see everything from the silliest superhero story to the most serious real to life drama. It’s a quality that has made Faithless stand out from the pack and the second issue is no different.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
As the cover seems to suggest, the main plot of issue #2 is about Faith going to the club and cutting a rug. Well, at least she makes it to the club. The issue opens where we left off with Faith in bed after having sex with a mysterious woman named Poppy. Spoiler alert, Poppy turned out to be a pile of maggots. She appears to be gone, save for a vision of a wolf-bird hybrid that blinks away. The weirdness fades away however, and allows Faith to get ready and chase down Poppy who has hit up the coolest club ever. The creative team is doing just enough to remind us there’s a bit of magic in the world, but things generally are about as normal as can be. That allows for the shock of incredible moments to really zing.
As the story progresses Azzarello introduces interesting supporting characters that are like ships passing through the night. There’s just enough color to give you a taste of who they are, but not enough to establish their purpose in the narrative just yet. It also continues to layer realistic elements into what appears to be some heavy fantasy. I don’t want to spoil it, but the series leans heavily into the erotic angle later in the issue that involves a fantastical element. It puts into question who Faith really is and should be fun to follow up on in the next issue.
Llovet’s art continues to impress in a graphite, rougher sort of look. Color is exceptionally well done, like in the detailing of sunglasses of a stranger in one scene, or background of a friend’s apartment. The club scene is electric thanks to an interesting use of lines conveying sound and the hum of the crowd in backgrounds via silhouette. The erotic scene in this issue continues to keep things tasteful without a single genital in sight, although there is a certain something on panel that might shock you.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
The many faces and side characters introduced are a nice way to layer in realism, but they also serve very little purpose. Or at least they don’t seem to serve much of a purpose yet. That makes a big portion of this issue seem meandering and unclear. What is the point of this book beyond Poppy and Faith’s strange relationship (and connection through magic and demonic energy)?
Is it good?
I enjoyed this second outing with Faith thanks to the subtle weirdness layered into the realism of the story. There are dark things at work in Faith and Poppy and I’m dying to see how they manifest further.