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Voodoo, Vol. 1: What Lies Beneath (Voodoo #1)

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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics - The New 52 event of September 2011, Priscilla Kitaen is Voodoo, a mysterious beauty whose origins and motivations are unknown, seemingly even to her. Regardless of whether she is a hero, villain (or both) Voodoo is on the run in the new DC Universe, trying to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, using all of her considerable skills to...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by DC Comics (first published October 2nd 2010)
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Son of Sam Quixote
Priscilla Kitaen aka Voodoo is the hottest stripper in New Orleans but the Feds are tailing her - because she’s actually a shape-shifting alien trying to steal secrets about the Justice League to pave the way for her race’s invasion of Earth!

Maybe it’s because I wasn’t expecting anything from this, but Voodoo wasn’t bad. Being a character from the early ‘90s series “WildCATS”, she’s not exactly the most famous or the most obvious choice for their own series but Ron Marz does a decent job of cra...more
William Thomas
I was just 11 when Image Comics was born out of the break of Marvel's greatest talent from the company. The first book I read was WildCATS, because I was in love with Jim Lee's art. I got behind the book, for a while at least, and remember being picked up one night from a boy scout camping trip early because I'd gotten sick, to find my ma had pillaged a comic book store and got me some books and a WildCats tee-shirt. Sometimes, moms are really great.

I still have that shirt. Came across it in ma...more
Vanessa
I feel like any review of this volume of Voodoo probably has to talk about the first issue. In the first issue, Voodoo works as a stripper. In the original Wildstorm comics, this was part of her character. Here, there isn't really much of a reason for her to be working as a stripper. There are pages and pages of stripping. There really isn't much else that goes on. While I generally like Sami Basri's art, he isn't really the first person I would go to for drawings of a stripper, as most of the p...more
Robert
Did you see the 90's movie Species? This is better than that. And it would have been perfect if they didn't shoehorn in the ridiculous daemonite (did you say demon knight hahaha) storyline that they are desperately trying to make work.
Sam
Apr 03, 2014 Sam rated it 1 of 5 stars
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Voodoo has all the markings of a committee collection. It feels and reads as if it was just something DC decided to create just to fill the 52 collections number and give some of those to Wildstorm characters as they were absorbing the Wildstorm universe withing the Main DC one. It also seems they didn’t care about the quality of the pitch or the writing. Maybe it was the boobs factor of Voodoo (she was an exotic dancer originally) what sold them on it, but seeing the bad writing and the dull ch...more
Wendy Browne
I was a fan of Wildstorm’s WildC.A.T.S., back in the shiny ‘90s, and was looking forward to seeing what DC’s New52 would do with the character of Voodoo. There was a lot of controversy over the gratuitously sexual introduction of several female characters in DC’s reboot, though Voodoo mostly escaped reprimand because her character’s initial status as an exotic dancer had long since been established. Her new book certainly does work her assets, but, by offering a lot of inner monologue for the ch...more
James Dunphy
Voodoo is part of the Wildstorm universe that DC tried to melt into their own U with "The New 52" along with Grifter, Stormwatch, and those Daemonite villains that tie all 3 of those books together.

Sadly, the Daemonite arc of DC's reboot continues to be a lackluster D-plot, probably much to the dismay of many old Wildstorm fans (of which I'm not a part of). Voodoo is probably the worst of the arc so far; mediocre action, heroes, and art. The story involves cloning, which always manages to confu...more
Anna  (Bananas!)
Slightly entertaining. Marginally good. It's DC. Shoulda known I'd be underwhelmed.
Alex Sarll
DC's New 52 reboot drew some criticism for poor representation of female and non-white characters. Case in point - I think this was the only book with a non-white female solo lead. She's a stripper, and the first page of the first issue is one panel, her on all fours in her underwear. Also, it's written by Ron Marz, who gave comics the original woman in refrigerator scene (though in fairness, this time round it's a female agent who gets motivated by Voodoo killing her boyfriend. And, um, then ta...more
Kevin
Priscilla Kitaen aka Voodoo is an alien agent sent to retrieve information on Earth's superhoeroes for her alien overlords. She's tracked by agents Fallon and Blackjack of the Black Razors. Voodoo begins to question her choices when her telekinetic powers begin to give her human feelings. So she heads to her bosses to find out.

I think I liked this a little more than I should've. She starts off as a stripper. Classy. Voodoo uses her feminine wiles a lot, perhaps too much to complete her missions....more
Shannon Appelcline
As an action-adventure, this book is actually quite successful. It reads quickly and enjoyably and is supported by strong art. However, when you take a closer look, the flaws start to add up.

First, we have the extreme sexualization, put in solely as a marketing ploy as far as I can tell. Voodoo crawls around as the splash for both issues 1 & 4. She acts as a stripper, she has pseudo-lesbian sex.

Second, a lot of the plot just doesn’t make sense. Why is Voodoo acting as a stripper? No particul...more
Annice22
(Read the single issues not the trade edition shown)

I thought the story was actually pretty good, if you could get pass the first issue which was like some kind of fan service to strip clubs. The first issue was not the best but the second issue and on at least focused on the reason why these government people are after her (besides her being a murderer) and what Voodoo was really up to.

Shane
Gorgeous art, weak explanation of powers, slow moving story of yet another aspect of the Daemonite invasion. So far, there is Stormwatch, Grifter and Voodoo adapted into the DC Universe with storylines revolving around this alien race that is working towards the domination of earth. This is also a comic deeply involved with introducing another secret government group working to keep track of meta-humans and watch aliens. The art is some of the best out there, but all too often the layouts leave...more
Laurel
I must say I enjoyed the pretty art. I always felt Voodoo was using her sexy body as a tool, a weapon aimed at manipulating men that was as potent as her shape-shifting her body into a powerful alien killer form. I enjoyed the alien spy aspect of the story, especially the clever escapes she makes using shape-shifting and wits. Her infiltration of a government facility was a great deal of fun. The twist in issue 5 about Voodoo's origin was interesting but not fully explored at the end of this fir...more
Jessie
So call me crazy, but when you have the title "Voodoo," I expect some...voodoo. That made me disappointed, since that was not at all what this series was about. Even the story behind her name was weak. Anyway, her moral ambiguity was again an issue for me. I think the authors realized this a few issues in, hence the explanation, "Oh, now that I saw inside her mind, I had trouble killing her." Again, weak. If I hadn't loved Grifter, I probably wouldn't have been intrigued at all by the plot, but...more
Cale
Basically another antihero book in the new 52, Voodoo is a shape-changing Daemonite Hybrid out to plot the destruction of the world. And she does it by being a stripper. If you can accept that basic convention, the story is okay, getting better as the issues pass, with the final issue in the collection actually making a decent turn in story. But it's overall pretty dull telling. Artwork is the most risque I've seen under DC's own header and for the most part doesn't add much, although it is at l...more
sixthreezy
When the book started, I thought, here we go again with another New 52 character I really don't care about. This title opens in a strip club, and while that sounds like a very adult theme, the rest of the book unfolds like one of the cleanest cut teen graphic novels that fills most of the rest of New 52. Voodoo is a stripper whom you quickly find out isn't quite what she claims to be. The rest is her journeying to find her true self, while secret agents are after her and more information of what...more
Chuck
Just now getting my hands on some of the New 52. Large-breasted shape-changing alien who looks down on humans...hoping the other 51 are a lot better than this cuz frankly it's a Hogan.
Briana
Sexy, fast-paced, and a little bit cheesy. I've never read anything with the Green Lantern character before, so I don't know how he usually is...but in this book, he's awkward. Like, he thinks he's cool, but he's really a dork with nothing intelligent to say. I thought the artwork was really great. The main character is not the brightest bulb in the box, either. She mainly uses her sex appeal to get things done. For this storyline, it works. She's a daemonite alien hybrid. It's kind of refreshin...more
Derrick
Been reading the issues digitally. Not sure where it's going. The series is light on plot, though it's something about dueling aliens and shapeshifting and disguises and . . .

Whatever. It's a beautiful book. Yes, Voodoo does her exotic dancer thing in the first issue -- but she looks great doing it. And the art for the whole series is top notch - fresh and fun. It's what keeps me returning each month, and it's why I would suggest anyone pick up this trade.
Kris
Apparently this is one of the characters brought over from Image Comics/Wildstorm when Jim Lee "returned to the fold". Now that he's a bigwig at DC, some of those titles/characters (like this one and Grifter) are appearing in the New 52 titles. The book was ok, but it probably would have been more interesting for me if I'd known the character's background from Image.
Andy Wisely
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Angela
A comic that does not know what it is. Starts with objectifying women in a strip club, one of which is an alien. She has her own mission, that ties in with the Grifter storyline. I wasn't that impressed, may have potential but really not sure. An ok read.
Olivia
Had never heard of her so I thought I'd give her a chance. Not a bad story-there were some really good ideas here-though there were some representations I didn't like. Will still read on
Jacob
I really liked the art, I don't think I've ever read another comic book by the same artists before. I liked the first half of the story better than the latter half.
Morbus Iff
I'm sad the series got cancelled - ignoring all the slutwhoring, I didn't find it bad at all.
Ola
DC Comics goes semi-adult. Hot and sexy? Not what I expected. Not impressed on my first read.
John Yelverton
How this book even got created is an absolute miracle as far as I'm concerned.
Michael Marsden
This was an alright story, but didn't really hold my attentions.
Daniel Butcher
Fun action romp. May have liked it more than Grifter.
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Marz is well known for his work on Silver Surfer and Green Lantern, as well as the Marvel vs DC crossover and Batman/Aliens. He also worked on the CrossGen Comics series Scion, Mystic, Sojourn, and The Path. At Dark Horse Comics he created Samurai: Heaven and Earth and various Star Wars comics. He has also done work for Devil’s Due Publishing’s Aftermath line, namely Blade of Kumori. In 1995, he h...more
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