Faust (Avatar Press)

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Faust
Faust (Tim Vigil comic - front cover, number 1).jpg
Cover of Faust vol. 1, 1 (1987)
Art by Tim Vigil
Character information
First appearance Faust vol 1, #1 (1987)
Created by David Quinn; Tim Vigil
In-story information
Alter ego John Jaspers
Abilities
  • Peak human physical condition
  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant
  • Retractable forearm talons
Publication information
Publisher Northstar; Rebel Studios; Avatar Press
Formats Original material for the series has been published as a set of limited series.
Genre
Publication date November 1987 – November 2012
Number of issues 15
Creative team
Writer(s) David Quinn
Artist(s) Tim Vigil
Penciller(s) Tim Vigil
Inker(s) Tim Vigil Tim Tyler
Letterer(s) Pagan
Creator(s) David Quinn; Tim Vigil
Reprints
Title(s) Various printings by Rebel Studios

Faust is the lead superhero character and title of a collective series of comic books by Tim Vigil (art) and David Quinn (stories), published by American companies Rebel Studios and Avatar Press. Writer David Quinn wrote that his work's tone and main character, Faust, may have been inspirations for Spawn.[1]

The series featured strong graphic violence and sexual situations. The main series is known as Faust : Love of the Damned and started publishing in 1987, with new issues being published irregularly, roughly once a year, or sometimes every two years. David Quinn completed a script in 1996 (when writing the proposal to sell the film). The gap between issues grew wider with time. Issue 13 was published in 2005. It then took seven years for the authors to deliver the two last issues, 14 and 15, which concluded the story 25 years after the first episode.[2][3]

Plot summary[edit]

In New York City, Beef and Hapi, two hitmen who work for a mysterious Mephistophelian crime boss known as "M", kill a drug dealer and his girlfriend. This violence is detailed in the newspaper articles of Ron Balfour, a journalist who meets Doctor Jade DeCamp in a cafe. Jade has been fired from Bellevue Hospital and is furious over the accidental death of her patient and secret lover, John Jaspers. After Jade leaves the cafe, she and Balfour are assaulted by a gang and a horn-masked figure, Faust, appears laughing and singing while he slaughters the street punks with a pair of retractable forearm talons. Jade realizes in horror that Faust is John Jaspers.[4]

Jaspers later wonders if he is spilled too much blood, or not enough. He, apparently hallucinating, sees demons everywhere. One night from his Brooklyn Heights mansion, M calls a radio station and requests to play the song "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" repeatedly, saying it should be dedicated "From M to the new kid in town", Faust. Later, it is shown that M played a role in Jaspers' Bellevue treatment. M's criminal colleagues want him to unleash his secret "Project Assassin", to eliminate Faust, unaware that Faust is M's prized killer. Jaspers then regains his lost memories of being an assassin for M, as well as the rebellion that led to his supposed "death".

Film[edit]

The original comic was adapted into a film by director Brian Yuzna in 2001, as Faust: Love of the Damned.

Series[edit]

  • Faust : Love of the Damned
  • Faust : 777 the Wrath - Darkness in Collision[5]
  • Faust : Book of M
  • Faust : Singha's Talons
  • Faust : Claire's Lust

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Quinn, introduction to Faust : Love of the Damned
  2. ^ "AICN COMICS EXCLUSIVE Q&@: Ambush Bug catches up with writer David Quinn on some exciting new FAUST news!!!". Ain't It Cool News. 1 May 2012.
  3. ^ "AICN COMICS SPECIAL PREVIEW: Want to take a sneak peek at David Quinn and Tim Vigil's latest chapter of FAUST: LOVE OF THE DAMNED? Of course you do!". Ain't It Cool News. 13 September 2012.
  4. ^ Burgas, Greg (September 29, 2014). "Year of the Artist, Day 272: Tim Vigil, Part 1 – Faust: Love of the Damned #1". Comicbookresources.com.
  5. ^ "Faust 777: The Wrath #4". Comicvine.com. 1 October 1994. Retrieved 17 December 2013.