Valiant Comics will be getting into politics as Hillary Clinton will guest star in Faith #5. In what will be a Special Presidential issue; Faith Herbert – the titular character – who works for an online News and Entertainment Magazine, will encounter the Presidential hopeful. Faith #5 will be extra-sized 48 pages, and will feature three separate stories with a cover by Paolo Rivera.
The first story will be a continuation of the story arc from the first four issues written by Jody Houser and art by Meghan Hetrick. The second will be a prequel to the upcoming Harbinger Renegade series coming out, and that will be written by Rafer Roberts. The third story will be the Clinton story with art by Pepe Perez and written by long-time comic veteran Louise Simonson.
This isn’t the first time Louise has written a comic featuring the Clintons. Superman: Man of Steel #20 then President Bill and Hillary Clinton attended the funeral of Superman. Simonson had this to say about the character Faith: “She is so positive and she’s very much what I think a hero should be,” Simonson continues “I wrote Superman for a while and — she’s almost in her soul, she is like the female Superman. Jody’s work is wonderful on this book, but I was glad they would let me play just a little bit in this particular sandbox.”
In an interview with The Washington Post, Valiant Editor Tom Brennan had this to say about the upcoming issue: “This is a historic candidacy with Clinton and we just thought, [this is] something comics [have] done many times before and with [Valiant] starting to come into our own as a company, we wanted to join that proud tradition.” Brennan also knew from the start he wanted Louise Simonson on this project. “Louise, despite her modesty, is one of the truly great comic-book creators and an icon in this industry. But she’s also someone who knows how to tell a good story. She can take this idea and give it something worth our readers’ time.”
The character Faith was created by Jim Shooter and David Lapham in the pages of their Harbinger series back in 1992, the character was later revived with the company relaunch in 2012. Since then Faith Herbert has become one of Valiant’s favorite characters, in January 2016 Faith got her first standalone mini-series. The series has been a groundbreaking international success for the company, leading her to star in a new ongoing series starting July 20, as well as the aforementioned Harbinger Renegades this November.
Faith #5 will hit comic book stores and digitally on November 2, for more Valiant news stick with Pop Culture Uncovered.