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Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child
Published on Thursday, March 22, 2012 by

Vertigo launches a new series about voodoo and New Orleans


Published by: Vertigo
Written by: Selwyn Seyfu Hinds
Penciled by: Denys Cowan
Inked by: John Floyd
Colored by: Dave McCaig
Lettered by: Clem Robins
Cover by: A- Rafael Grampa, B- Denys Cowan
Assistant Editor: Joe Hughes
Editor: Karen Berger

I read the preview in Vertigo 2012 and thought it was decent. Had never been a huge fan of Cowan’s style, but it looked good in the preview and the story sounded interesting. Turns out, the pages that form the preview was the strongest part of the first issue.

The narration, the captions, are cool. I like the storybook/song feel to them. I like how they describe the events and the city of New Orleans. It’s just the rest of it is odd.

It takes a very long time to learn Dominique’s name. We get her name only after she phones someone and we don’t get her last name until the second to last page. Which doesn’t work because mid-way through the issue she mentions having the same name as a voodoo practioner, Marie Laveau, but at that point in the story we don’t know what part of that name Dominique shares.

But the opening is the worst part of the book. It opens with Dominique running away from something, but the next pages sound as if she ran back the way she came. She’s running from something, but the next page it comes across like she had left to get supplies and came back to find her friends dead. It’s just a weird sequance.

The rest of the book follows that. It’s not as obviously muddled as the opening, but it just doesn’t flow smoothly. This is a character we know nothing about and the events just seem strange. Even the part at the end with her Aunt. She was told by her police friend (is it a boyfriend, we don’t know, he does call her baby, but there’s nothing to indicate the relationship), to meet him at his precient and instead she goes off to see her Aunt? Who was like a mother to her?

Just a bunch of random sequances put together in a way that doesn’t flow. Doesn’t help that there’s an attack by a couple of gangbangers that comes out of the blue and doesn’t seem to fit the story. But it’s got to have some significance right, because the cop mentions that they’re out of their territory.

When she makes some kind of energy snakes, she mentions it as strange, like most of the night. But we don’t know that it’s strange because we never saw what a normal day was for her. We’ve just seen this night. We don’t know that being attacked by werewolves isn’t normal for her.

Cowan’s art is decent. The preview was a good indication of what it’s like throughout. It’s cleaner then previous work, which I like, but it’s still his style. He does good making the script work, making the layouts work. But that’s all can really say, it’s decent.

Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child #1 receives
2 out of 5

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