Many comic book creators are doing more to deviate form the white male template of comic book heroes, mixed-race Miles Morales having taken over the identity of Spider-Man in Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man in 2011.
Now the folks at Valiant Comics are running a four-part miniseries with Faith “Zephyr” Herbert in a title role, a character notable for being “plus size” – or “fat” in English.
Here’s how the comic creators pitch the series:
“Orphaned at a young age, Faith Herbert – a psionically gifted “psiot” discovered by the Harbinger Foundation – has always aspired to greatness. But now this once ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws into her harms way!
“Well, at least she thought it would…When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr!
“But flying solo is going to be tougher than Zephyr ever thought when she uncovers a deep-rooted alien conspiracy. Two-bit burglars and car thieves are one thing, but when the world needs a hero to stave off a full-blown extraterrestrial invasion, will Faith find herself in over her head…or ready for her biggest challenge yet?”
At the very least the comic series looks likely to throw up some light on the pain of modern journalism. More details can be found at Comic Book Resources, where this story broke.
Image Credit – Faith by Valiant Comics, October 2015