While it was X-O Manowar that got me to give Valiant Comics a second look, it was Faith that persuaded me that there was more to Valiant than martial heroes killing things left, right, and centre.
And I'm glad I stuck around and explored the Valiant Universe more.
Faith's first solo series recently wrapped and now she's launching off in a four-part time travel mini-series, Faith And The Future Force, still penned by the brilliant Jody Hauser.
This storyline sees the geeky Faith Herbert - aka Zephyr (not that anyone calls her that) - being recruited by Neela Sethi the Timewalker (I'm so glad I just read the deluxe collection of Ivar, Timewalker to get some context for Neela and her dinosaurian partner Ank).
Neela needs Faith's help to "save history", although at the moment the threat is rather nebulous, seemingly involving a a killer robot.
Events quickly take an unexpectedly dark turn and then the story gets delightfully timey-wimey.
If you've been reading Faith it won't surprise you to learn that Jody Hauser sows this story with a lot of Doctor Who references, as well as nods to other sci-fi shows (the Red Dwarf quote, for instance, came out of nowhere, at a shocking moment in the story, and also managed to give some hint as to what was going on).
She does a magnificent job of balancing tongue-in-cheek humour with the dangerous events the characters get tangled up in.
One thing that's clear from this opening salvo is that Faith is on course to assemble a team of heroes (The Future Force of the title one supposes) to prevent reality from unravelling.
This is a great first chapter, my only complaint would be there wasn't enough. When I reached the end I wanted to carry on reading and discover what happens next.
Can't believe I have to wait a whole month for the next issue!
Faith And The Future Force #2 is due out on August 30.