New 52 Review – “Voodoo #1”

This WildStorm property is now in the DCU proper.

General Information

Title: Voodoo #1

Author: Ron Marz

Illustrator(s): Sami Basri (art) and Jessica Kholinne (colour)

Cover Date: November 2011

Cover Price: $2.99

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Voodoo is the most popular exotic dancer at the Voodoo Lounge, but some of her customers realize that she’s not even a little bit like she appears.

High Point

The very effective misdirection. Something happens that I did NOT see coming.

Low Point

DC has been accused of reducing all female characters in the relaunch to sexual objects. This title will not help them argue against those claims.

The Scores

This feels like an original direction for the company. This feels nothing like a superhero book, but it does set up a very enjoyable story in a universe filled with heroes. I give it 5 out of 6.

The artwork feels like a perfect match for this story. Basri draws very attractive (yet still individual and distinct) women, and the thin inks and soft colour palette not only work in that context, but they form a great juxtaposition with the reveal later on. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story starts out in one direction and then takes a sharp turn near the end. There is also a lot of room for speculation about what these character arcs are going to be, given where the hooded woman appears in this issue, depending on what her presence means. I give it 5 out of 6.

The characterization is vague, but deliberately so. We have three main characters this issue, and only one is fully defined. As the title character is clearly intended to be a mystery, that’s not as problematic as it could be. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was pleasant. This is one title I had no expectations for. Not familiar with Wildstorm, I didn’t even know this character existed prior to know until I ran the title character’s name through Google before writing this review. I was entertained, and much to my surprise, I am actually interested to see where this title is going. I give it 5 out of 6.

The flow is smooth. Again, DC launched a title with a first issue that takes place over the span of an hour or less, and the tight time line and minimal scene changes keep things together and moving smoothly. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. The final direction isn’t completely clear, but given the sharp left turn this takes in the course of the issue, I think it’ll be an interesting ride. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Voodoo recieves 36 out of 42.

The New 52

Here are handy links for the reviews of all 52 new #1 issues:

  1. Action Comics
  2. All-Star Western
  3. Animal Man
  4. Aquaman
  5. Batgirl
  6. Batman
  7. Batman and Robin
  8. Batman: The Dark Knight
  9. Batwing
  10. Batwoman
  11. Birds of Prey
  12. Blackhawks
  13. Blue Beetle
  14. Captain Atom
  15. Catwoman
  16. DC Universe Presents
  17. Deathstroke
  18. Demon Knights
  19. Detective Comics
  20. The Flash
  21. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  22. The Fury of Firestorm
  23. Green Arrow
  24. Green Lantern
  25. Green Lantern Corps
  26. Green Lantern: New Guardians
  27. Grifter
  28. Hawk and Dove
  29. I, Vampire
  30. Justice League
  31. Justice League Dark
  32. Justice League International
  33. Legion Lost
  34. Legion of Super-Heroes
  35. Men of War
  36. Mister Terrific
  37. Nightwing
  38. O.M.A.C.
  39. Red Hood and the Outlaws
  40. Red Lanterns
  41. Resurrection Man
  42. The Savage Hawkman
  43. Static Shock
  44. Stormwatch
  45. Suicide Squad
  46. Superboy
  47. Supergirl
  48. Superman
  49. Swamp Thing
  50. Teen Titans
  51. Voodoo
  52. Wonder Woman