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Valiant Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – Z

Here we are! The end of the line! Hope you enjoyed this look at Valiant Comics, A to Z! Check out Valiant Entertainment’s website for more info about the characters! And check out Valiant Fans if you want to talk about the characters with, well, Valiant fans.

Zephyr/Zeppelin

Faith Herbert was a huge comic book buff, so when she discovered she could fly? Well, she was totally into it.

Here she is on the cover of the first issue of Harbinger (she’s the one, you know, flying).

She was definitely the heart of the group, as she was by far the most sensitive of the group.

She was also the star of one of the best single Valiant issues that I can think of, Harbinger #13 (the one with the Dark Knight Returns parody cover), which was written and drawn by the great David Lapham, which examined a day in the life of Faith. It was a heartfelt, compelling and still fairly unique at the time (nowadays, it seems more comics are “Days in the life” than are superhero stories).

After it was revealed that Harada was secretly controlling Pete Stanchek’s Harbinger crew, Faith was left amnesiac without her friends. She ended up joining Harada’s Harbinger Foundation, as the focus of the series shifted to her and her new group of friends.

Ultimately, she would regain her memories, and, after being compelled by a time-traveling Magnus the Robot Fighter (I do not recall if she knew he was the son of her friends Torque and Kris), Faith decided to form a NEW resistance to Harada, and it was this new Harbinger Resistance Movement that would ultimately (after fifty years or so) take Harada down.

A nice character to end on, eh?

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Huh.

I knew almost nothing about Valiant, so this was really interesting to me.

For instance, I learned that 86% of all comics published by Valiant were Harbinger # 1.

One other thing i liked about the character was that she was over-weight, but in a ‘real’ way. Too many times overweight characters tend to be on the obese side (Blob, Big Bertha, Sumo, etc), so it was nice seeing a real figured woman in a comic book series who still put on the spandex and became a hero.

Damn, the first 25 or so issues of Harbinger were awesome, weren’t they?

In addition to her being overweight, I loved that she initially tried to fly with one fist stretched out in front of her, like superheroes always do, but discovered that it just made flying more difficult – that’s why her arms are down at her sides on the cover…

I love this stuff.

Any chance of doing a Vertigo A – Z

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