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30 Days of Comics, Day 26: Voodoo #1

October 1, 2011

Voodoo #1Okay, this one seriously begs the question of why? If you’re wondering who the hell Voodoo is, then you’re not alone; she is in fact another property of DC’s former imprint, Wildstorm, and was a recurring character in the WildC.A.Ts franchise. Why they decided to give this character a solo series in the relaunch is beyond me, but it might have something to do with her secret identity being a stripper. That being said, let’s see if this character was worth reviving.

First, let’s discuss this cover. It’s honestly a little boring since it’s little more than a static portrait of our title character. She’s seductively toying with her fingers and yes, those are her fingers. While this cover doesn’t really have much to offer it is really well drawn and the detail put into Voodoo’s expression is actually quite nice. We have Sami Basri to thank for all the artwork that appears in this book. Basri first caught my attention when he replaced Amanda Connor as the artist for Power Girl and while he’s not my favorite artist, I do think he has a lot of talent and I genuinely like his style.

That being said, it’s a good thing they got Sami Basri to draw this because the book is quite frankly, full of scantily clad strippers from the very first page. Our comic opens in the Voodoo Lounge, a popular strip club in New Orleans. The star of the lounge, Patricia Kitaen, goes by the alias Voodoo and is giving a performance on stage while the DJ offers obnoxious narration; already this is pretty similar to a real strip club except that every single dancer is gorgeous without a caesarean scar or cold sore to be seen.Voodoo strips
As Patricia performs she’s being watched by Jessica Fallon and Tyler Evans. The two are agents whose employer is never really established; all we learn is that they’re monitoring Patricia because they believe she may be a potential threat to global security. Jessica, is understandably irritated that her partner has dragged her inside a strip club to watch their target when they’re supposed to keep their distance from her.Jessica and TylerJessica finally has enough of Tyler’s behavior and leaves the club; she then proceeds to easily defend herself against some punks in the parking lot, further cementing her as the more capable agent of the two.

Jessica Fallon fight

Fallon PUNCH!

With Jessica gone, Tyler takes the opportunity to directly engage the target by paying for a private dance. Having already broken every rule in the book, he alerts Patricia that she’s being watched and tries persuading her to turn herself in. SPOILER: this goes over really badly for Tyler.

This is a very hard book to review without giving everything away because not a whole lot actually happens until the very end. That being said let’s discuss what works and what doesn’t. We are introduced to our protagonist but her character has practically zero development and we don’t really learn a whole lot about her personality or motivations; this is most likely on purpose because Patricia is meant to be ambiguous. It isn’t really established whether or not Voodoo is supposed to be a hero or a villain but her actions in this book suggest the latter. It should also be noted that the only character we really get a good feel for is Jessica, and it’s likely that she might be the real star since the reader can relate to her more than Patricia.
Jessica alone
This one is a hard call because I genuinely liked reading it but I don’t know if I’d really want to keep reading it as an ongoing series. The art is fantastic and the writing was pretty good for the most part. I’m just not particularly sold on this one because of the protagonist.
Voodoo danceI honestly don’t feel any sympathy for Patricia and I don’t really care what happens to her. If there was any indication in this book that she has any personality that doesn’t revolve around self-preservation, then maybe I’d be more interested. As it is, the only thing that would interest me in reading more is to find out what happens to Jessica; I really think she’s the more interesting character.

Overall I just thought this book was very average but with some potential. I can’t really give it a strong recommendation but if you like a good fugitive story with a sci-fi twist, you might like it. I’ll probably check out a few issues off the rack to see where it goes, but I’m not really enthusiastic about following it.

Tomorrow we take a look at something with a name so long it has to be good; it’s The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #1!
Fury of Firestorm #1

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