Tai Freligh reviews Heroes: Godsend #3…
Farah Nazan… Former soldier and tough protector of Malina… But how did she become the woman she is today? Farah’s origins are explored in Godsend.
Farah has a mission: to break someone out from a maximum security prison – and that someone is a familiar face to Heroes fans… Plus, we continue to learn Farah’s origins as she is put through more training challenges – this time, she has to face a whole host of poisonous spiders…
From Titan Comics comes a series of comic stories that serve as prequels to the Heroes Reborn television show on NBC. They plan on coming out with several five issue character studies. The first of which was Heroes: Vengeance (check out my reviews of #1, #2,#3,#4, #5) and focused on El Vengador. The second, which just launched, is called Heroes: Godsend and is about Farah Nazan.
The main storyline of issue #3 is Farah breaking Daniel Linderman out of prison. She wants to know who he is and why he’s in prison. Extortion, racketeering, etc., the list goes on and on. She wants to know why Petrelli wants him broken out. He shows her his special EVO ability- to heal. He’s needed to help make the toddler Malina well again. After all, she has a big job to do- saving the world! Farah grudgingly frees him, but not before seeing that somebody else has been broken out of prison at the same time.
We take a trip back in time to her training with her uncle at this point. She needs to climb a tree full of spiders and bring back the queen in order to conquer her fear. She crawls up the branches and into the heart of the tree where it’s filled with nasty spiders and webs and spies the queen, a spider the size of her head. She overcomes her fear and reaches for it, meaning to bring it with her….but she gets bitten and falls out of the tree, seemingly failing her mission. Her uncle tells her that she did not fail after all and that she has the mark of the Lashkari. A symbol is on her wrist where the spider bit her.
Flash back to modern times and Linderman has healed Malina. Farah has actually gone on a date with Jamal to a restaurant, but it’s spoiled by somebody firebombing it. Everybody gets out safely and she finds the person responsible and it’s the man who was also broken out of prison. He will only tell her that his family will be killed and he’ll be killed….by HER. Farah demands to know who Mr. Vance and who “she” is but he won’t tell. He escapes her grasp to jump in front of a bus and kill himself rather than suffer at the hands of this mysterious “her”. And so ends this issue…to be continued.
The end of the comic shows us the main cover and the variant cover. We also get a one page profile of Daniel Linderman who, along with Arthur Petrelli, helped create Primatech AKA The Company, but who also splits off from the founders, figuring he can do his work better his own way. Finally, the issue closes with a preview of the cover for issue #4. This issue moved fairly quickly, but did not cover a lot of ground. I would have liked to seen more plot in this issue, but it still flowed well and the drawings are spot on. For this reason, I give issue #3 a score of 9 out of 10. With only two more issues left in this character arc, I hope we find out a lot more about how Farah gets from where she is in the comics to where she starts off in the television show (out in the Arctic with a grown up Malina).
Issue #3 is available now. Issue #4 hits newsstands in June, 2016.