Announced early this morning via the Washington Post, Valiant’s hit character Faith is jumping back into the national news with the announcement that Faith #5 – slated to ship on November 2nd, just before election day in the US – with the feature the titular super-heroine meeting none other than presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Valiant is playing up the issue as a “history-making” first meeting between“the leading female hero in comics today with the first female nominee from a major political party” – presumably hoping to tap into a comics tradition that extends all the way back to Superman’s meeting with JFK to Spider-Man’s more contemporary appearance alongside Barack Obama in 2008.
In keeping with the pre-presidential theme, Faith #5 will be a “48-page election special” with a Faith-meets-Hillary second feature written by comics legend Louise Simonson and art by Pere Perez, following on from a regular Faith adventure by the ongoing team of writer Jody Houser and new series artists Meghan Hetrick and Marguerite Sauvage. The issue will also feature an exclusive prelude to November’s Harbinger Renegades #1 by Rafer Roberts & Colleen Doran, and covers by Paolo Rivera – pictured here – along with Clayton Henry and Hetrick.
— Meghan (@MeghanHetrick) July 18, 2016
This issue will mark Simonson’s first time working for Valiant…but it notably won’t be the first time she’s written Hillary Clinton. The then-First Lady alongside her husband Bill for a memorable, post-Superman’s funeral scene in Superman: The Man of Steel, also penned by Simonson:
Valiant has made headlines in recent years by including the likes of Vladimir Putin in its Divinity II series and having Archer & Armstrong battle real-world inspired baddies like The One Percent. But given the intense media spotlight that Faith has inspired over the course of 2016, this just be their biggest play yet.
The publisher already announced the new Faith #1 – on sale Wednesday – is the biggest selling independent superhero comic of 2016. And, earlier in 2016, the character’s debut mini-series broke into full-on “pop culture sensation” territory, spawning five sold-out printings and ‘round-the-world media coverage everywhere from People Magazine to the New York Times and The Guardian.
Now, with Hillary Clinton waiting in the wings, could Faith #5 break even more records still?
And, as the election approaches, what else could be next? Bloodshot voting Trump? Ninjak backing Brexit? We’ll have to wait and see…