Hello, my name is Adam and
this is jackass I’m here to tell you about Faiza Hussain.
Faiza is a doctor that works for the NHS in England who, during the Skrull Invasion event, is shot by a Skrull ray gun while trying to do her job and treat injured civilians. Instead of dying, Faiza gains a new superhuman power, which allows her to separate the human body by layer (muscles, nervous system, bones, etc.) and then heal her patient, who is awake but feels no pain. Her power allows her to not only completely heal wounds that would be mortal given enough time, but to also keep herself from dying as seen when (SPOILER)
she and Dane Whitman fall from an exploding plane mid-flight and Faiza heals them just as they hit the ground.
I’m sure you’re thinking, wow, that sounds pretty awesome! Well you’re right, but it just keeps getting better!
Faiza, almost immediately after gaining this new power, becomes the wielder of Excalibur. Even though Merlin the wizard had already chosen his champion in Captain Britain, and even though there were other superheroes in the book - Pete Wisdom, Dane Whitman, Jacqueline Falsworth (Spitfire) - who had more experience, the great sword Excalibur chose Faiza. She goes on to use this sword to fight for her country and (SPOILER)
even kill Dracula.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE:
Now, don’t think that all of Faiza’s amazingness comes just from her powers and worthiness for famous magical swords. She was already a hero before she gained her powers, risking her life to treat injured civilians right smack in the middle of the Skrull invasion of England. Faiza is a character who is also kind of a foil for the reader, a fangirl of British superheroes who takes the time to observe, in the middle of a battlefield, that Captain Britain’s fight with the Skrulls is in his ‘top ten’.
She’s someone just like you and me whose incredible strength and heart caused her to become one of the heroes she’d always admired.
Oh, and did I mention she’s one of only a handful of Muslim superheroes in the Marvel universe?
WHY I LOVE HER:
Faiza is an intelligent, charming, and lovable woman. I love reading about her because she feels like such an intelligent, relatable person, who then goes on to prove herself as one of the most apt and powerful superheroes Britain has to offer. She’s caring and interesting, and (as far as I know) the book never makes any harmful assumptions about her because she’s a Muslim, which is a breath of fresh air when you live (as I do in America) in a place where Islamic peoples are stereotyped and prejudiced against. Her parents are also wonderful and fun to read.
Watching her grow whole-heartedly into her new responsibilities as a superhero and protector of England really sold the Captain Britain and MI13 series for me. She’s an incredible character and woman and Marvel could certainly use more like her!
WHAT TO DO NOW:
I understand what you must be thinking. “There’s no way such an amazing character can exist!” you gasp, indignant. “There must be some sort of catch!” Well, you’d be kind of right. The catch with Faiza is that she’s not in a lot of stuff at the moment. I’m hoping that Marvel realizes how awesome British superheroes are and makes a follow-up MI:13 series (along with another Alpha Flight volume, but that’s another topic entirely), but until then, here’s where you can find Faiza:
- Captain Britain and MI13, issues 1-15
- Captain Britain and MI13 Annual #1
- the new Gambit series, issues 6 and 7
- Age of Heroes #1
Faiza only really makes cameos in the latter two, but it’s still worth reading to see her in action, especially because of just how amazing she is as a character and a person.
And stay tuned, because I’m also going to be the one talking about the series Captain Britain and MI13 and providing links to the issues. Once you’ve read it and realized how amazing it is, go out and buy it! Support Faiza and her friends and show Marvel how much you DO love British superheroes, so maybe we’ll get more on these characters!