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Voodoo #6

“Smash & Grab”

Writer: Josh Williamson
Pencils: Sami Basri
Colors: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase
Cover: Paul Siqueira

(No Spoilers)

Josh Williamson keeps the roller coaster ride going as he feeds off the shocking revelation at the end of last issue. Not only do we get a great mix of action and intrigue in this issue, but we also get some great crossover information between this title and the Stormwatch and Grifter titles. Williamson is showing that he’s got more up his sleeve where Voodoo’s concerned.

The direction Williamson choose to take was definitely a big surprise. There were many who were concerned about his choice of plot device but I think it’s the shot in the arm this series needed. Ron Marz did a lot of great set-up in the series but I think fans were getting a little restless. Now, it’s a matter of finding out the truth behind this twist and seeing where Williamson will take it from here. I will say that he does some great nods to Marz’s issues.

Sami Basri’s art continues to be great. If I had a nitpick it’s the design of the Black Razor armor Agent Fallon wears. I’m fine with the different colored helms for the Black Razors but I just couldn’t get into the design Basri chose for her. Now like I said, this is a nitpick because I love his art.  His depiction of Voodoo’s confrontation with the Daemonties towards the end is awesome! He also does a great job of giving one character who just recently appeared in Grifter #6 a nice little cameo too. Which brings me to another positive about the Wildstorm-character books in general.

February was toted as the month where Stormwatch, Grifer, Voodoo and even Superman would be running stories centered on the Daemonties. So far I have loved how they’ve set it up. The crossover is not shoved in your face in each issue, rather the events just seem to feed into one another. This was an interesting way to take the books because so far, none of the characters have actually crossed-over. But what happens in each of their books is relevant to the others. I’ve enjoyed this style of storytelling for this crossover.

Ultimately, I think this title has a strong pulse again. If you dropped this book you have got to come back and give it a try. Williamson’s doing a great job of ramping up the action and the mystery here and if he keeps this pace up, things can only get better from here.

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness!)

Voodoo #5

“Identity Issues”

Writer: Josh Williamson
Pencils: Sami Basri
Colors: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase
Cover: John Tyler Christopher

(No Spoilers)

Wow! New writer Josh Williamson not only starts his run off with a bang but he ends with a great W.T.F. cliffhanger that’s one of the best I’ve seen in a while. If this first issue is any indication of what Williamson has in store, I’m super excited about this title again.

The first four issues of this title offered a lot of set-up and it was hard to see where we were going with the title. I’ve always liked the character of Voodoo so unlike many others, I’ve been willing to wait for the pay-off. I think Williamson did an excellent job of taking the things Ron Marz set up and giving us a good conclusion but ended up opening up a whole new realm of possibilities. There are some great hints here as to the Daemonites motivations and why they want to take over Earth. I also liked how the Daemontie was portrayed. He and Voodoo were pretty evenly matched in the fight and it makes me appreciate Grifter more because he’s had to deal with more than one Daemonite.

I am glad that they kept Sami Basri on the title. According to the solicits he’s not going anywhere any time soon and I’m glad. I never get tired of seeing his rendition of Voodoo. His facial expressions are still dead on and he keeps the layouts unique enough to keep it interesting. Without spoiling anything I will say that he gets to draw one of my favorite characters in this issue, even if it is a cameo (of sorts). I applaud any artist who can keep up with the design of these new Daemonites. In Grifter’s title we saw artists CAFU and Scott Clark take on the task. So far between those two artist and Basri, they’ve got the look of the Daemonites consistent.

One last aspect of this title I feel I’ve neglected to comment on in the past are John Tyler Christopher’s covers. He’s done them since issue 2 and they’re beautiful each time. He always comes up with some great concepts for the covers. I’ve loved each of them but next to the Green Lantern cover he did for issue 3, I think this one is my favorite. The Yin Yang motif he’s got going on with Voodoo and the Daemonite is so simple yet so brilliant as it speaks to the conflict Voodoo is experiencing in the story. I’d love to see Christopher do some interior work.

Overall, I think it was a great first issue for Josh Williamson. I hope people give this title a chance with the new writer. It seems that Williamson is going to breathe some new life into this book and it’s obvious by the issue cliffhanger that he’s not afraid to take chances with the book. If you’ve dropped the book, at least pick this issue up and see if the cliffhanger intrigues you enough to pick up the book again.

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness!)

Voodoo #4

“Breaking & Entering”

Writer: Ron Marz
Pencils: Sami Basri
Colors: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Rex Ogle & Bobbie Chase
Cover: John Tyler Christopher

(No Spoilers)

We come to the final issue of Ron Marz on Voodoo and it is truly bitter sweet as the story that Marz was setting up won’t ever be truly realized. There are some hints to Voodoo’s origins and some set up for some future stories but how much of this will be retained by the new writer remains to be seen.

The first thing that’s interesting is that Voodoo gets a costume of sorts in this issue. It’s basically a stealth suit that she wears while infiltrating a government facility but it has her trademark purple and yellow color scheme. I had a conversation with a friend about this the other day and he told me he didn’t think the designs for the Wildstorm characters matched the other DCU character redesigns. If next month’s cover to #5 is any indication, Voodoo will have a costume that’s more in line with the other characters. For me the design is fine because it’s understated but still stays true to the character.

Sam Basri’s art continues to be strong and I have to assume her costume design is his doing. He’s got some great action scenes that are juxtaposed with the characters of Agent Fallon and Blackjack discussing what they know about Voodoo so far. This is always a fun storytelling device because it allows for exposition and action at the same time.

The connectivity of the new DCU is still very evident here as we see Voodoo gathering information on Earth’s superhero population and naturally she’s starts with the most well known hero: Superman. It’s also cool to see a picture of the Justice League on the screen later as well (which is basically the cover to issue 5). I’m so glad the editorial staff is working hard to keep all this making sense.

As sad as I am to see Marz leave, a recent interview with upcoming writer Josh Williamson really has me curious to see what he’ll have in store for this title. He seemed very enthusiastic about coming aboard I look forward to what he has in store for this character.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

 

Voodoo #3

“Into the Light”

Writer: Ron Marz
Pencils: Sami Basri
Colors: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Brian Cunningham & Rex Ogle
Cover: John Tyler Christopher

(No Spoilers)

Voodoo encounters her first major DCU character in this issue as Green Lantern Kyle Rayner comes into the mix. I was a little leery of Green Lantern showing up in this book but I like the explanation as to why he shows up.

I’m going to start this time by focusing on Sami Basri’s art. I’ve mentioned that I’ve really loved it so far but it was the little things in this issue that made me appreciate it more. I love Voodoo’s facial expressions here especially in the beginning of the book. Basri is really taking time to match the mood of what’s going on in the panel versus what we see in each of the characters and their expressions. This is especially evident at the end where Green Lantern and Voodoo share a look as he’s forced to make an interesting choice.

We get a little more insight into Voodoo’s role on Earth and even get an explanation for her new shape-shifting ability. Some of the other characters that show up also shed some light on how Voodoo, being an alien/human hybrid, differs from whoever her masters are. It’s interesting because the February solicits have already shown us that the Daemonites (currently featured in Grifter’s book) will be crossing over with Stormwatch and Voodoo. The seeds of this are planted at the end of this issue with a nice cliffhanger.

You can tell Marz had fun including Kyle Rayner in the story. We get a fun fight when he shows up and since this is Marz’s creation, this is the most pure incarnation of the character you’ll get. Ultimately, his appearance will probably boil down to a cameo when all is said and done but again, I did like the reason he showed up in the book.

Unfortunately as I write this review, the news has already broken that Marz will be off the title after next month’s issue 4. I’m sad to see him leave so soon as he really seemed eager to work on the project and has done some great work in these premiere issues. I look forward to his last issue next month and hope that his departure will not cause people to leave this book because I’m really enjoying it.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)