The GeeksverseVoodoo #5

Voodoo #5
Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Josh Williamson
Art by: Sami Basri
Colored by: Jessica Kholinne
Lettered by: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Art: John Tyler Christopher
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase

I get a disconnect reading this issue. I’ve read the previous four issues and the feeling isn’t because of a new writer coming on board. I get the feeling because it seems like missed something between the end of issue #4 and the start of this issue. I read a ton of comics a month, along with books, tv, etc.. so it doesn’t bother me if I forget some small detail from one issue to the next and it happens pretty rarely, but with Voodoo #5 it feels like I forgot a ton.

And I don’t think I really did. I went flipping through #4 and there is definately alot of ground that is missed between it and this issue. There’s talk about a prophesy, elders, all kinds of stuff that has never been mentioned before and comes across like we should know what is being talked about. It feels like we missed an issue.

The problem isn’t the new writer coming on board. Truth be told, can’t really tell any difference between the Marz stories and the Williamson one. It’s a pretty seamless transition as far as the script is concerned.

Reading this issue though, it starts to make sense why Marz had left. The last page shocker is really just a giant reset switch. Marz had been making Voodoo conflicted. Was she going to turn against the human race or end up siding with it. In early interviews he had stressed that was one of the goals he was working towards, making Voodoo and Fallon come across both good and bad, depending on perspective. He wanted the reader to not know for sure, one way or the other.

The biggest difference between Marz and Williamson is that this Voodoo is not conflicted and Fallon is definately on the side of the angels. So it’s a bit disappointing.

And the last page shocker really allows DC to reset the character and pretty much invalidate the previous four issues. It allows them to start over carte blanche. After flipping through #4 again, this issue reads like they wanted to advance the storyline so they could get it overwith. With the last page, the gaps between #4/#5, it definately comes across that DC wants to reset Voodoo and start over.

Not a good sign.

Basri’s art is as good as ever. At least that hasn’t changed.

Voodoo #5 receives
2 out of 5

Note: the grade is more a reflection of the quick advance of direction and the reset switch, then it is about the craftmanship of the issue.

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