The GeeksverseVoodoo #1

Voodoo #1
Published on Thursday, September 29, 2011 by

Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Sami Basri
Colored by: Jessica Kholinne
Lettered by: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Art: Sami Basri w/ Sunny Gho
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Brian Cunningham

With the controversy surrounding Batwoman and Red Hood And The Outlaws, I can’t wait to see what people say about this story. It does help provide support for my thinking that DC should have slapped an M rating on some of their new 52 books. I would have liked that alot, having some M rated titles existing in the same universe/continuity as T rated titles. Not all super-hero books have to be for all ages.

And I’d definately classify Voodoo as a M rated book.

Voodoo is, and always has been, a stripper. Hell, her original WildC.A.T.S. costume was really her stripper outfit. So is it any surprise that part of this book takes place in a strip club and has scenes of Voodoo stripping? But, and here’s the important thing to consider, the scenes of Voodoo stripping aren’t there for gratitious reasons, they aren’t there to give Basri an excuse to draw Voodoo in skimpy clothes. No, Marz does a good job making sure the scenes are somewhat meaningful.

In a way they help drive home the mesmerizing abilities of Voodoo and when the agent starts confessing, we realize the dancing is a way for Voodoo to focus her powers and draw what she wants out from the man.

Marz sets up an interesting story. Voodoo’s actions are very surprising and leave the reader wondering just what is going on. Is what the agent says true? It certainly seems that way.

The story is well paced, with little bits being revealed at the right time. When Agent Fallon hints that she and her partner are engaged in another kind of partnership, it makes his betrayal (for lack of a better word) stand out more as something that Voodoo caused. Whether it was knowingly or unknowingly remains to be seen.

And the last page is a pretty good little cliffhanger. I’m definately interested in learning more.

Basri’s art is excellant. It’s got a Phil Noto feel to the linework, but not as angular. The dancing is well done, not overly gratitious, being more flashs then flow. It does a good job of drawing a line and showing the bare minimum. The poses aren’t overly suggestive or outrageous. It’s a fairly tame routine.

But aside from being able to draw women very well, as well as the men, Basri is technically sound. The action sequance is well laid out, flowing smoothly. And the alien is well rendered and designed.

Voodoo #1 receives
4 out of 5

I’m sure the title will get some controversy, but Marz does a great job straddling the line.

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