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

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  354 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
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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Sam Quixote
Feb 09, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
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
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William Thomas
Mar 28, 2012 William Thomas rated it really liked it
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
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Mike
Feb 13, 2017 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: completed-series
Not bad -- but not something I'm likely to become addicted to, either.
Priscilla Kitaen is a mysterious beauty stripping under the stage name of Voodoo -- and being chased by government agents. Her origins and motivations are unknown, seemingly even to her, but we soon learn she is an alien shape-shifter and mind reader, and soon on the run from nearly everyone.
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.

Miranda the Gayvenger
So much unnecessary cheesecake. But I do like Priscilla.
Ashley
Feb 02, 2017 Ashley rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Years ago, my older brother introduced me to WildC.A.Ts and all things Jim Lee. I loved Zealot and Grifter the most and through the years, I lost some knowledge of the characters such as Mail, Spartan and Voodoo.
When DC absorbed Voodoo and Grifter into the New 52, I was excited about Grifter, disappointed that there was no Zealot and ambivalent about Voodoo's solo title. My brother was looking forward to the Voodoo series and it is from him that I borrowed both volumes.
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Michael
Feb 25, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: sequential-art
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Vanessa
May 14, 2012 Vanessa rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, dc, modern-age
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
Nicola Mansfield
Jan 17, 2017 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
This is a new origin story for Voodoo whom I'd never heard of before. I really enjoyed it! There are ties with the groups The Black Razors and The Blackhawks. Green Lantern Kyle Raynor appears in one issue too. So I liked those familiar faces showing up with this otherwise new-to-me character. Voodoo starts off seeming like a bad guy at first but by the end of this volume we like her and see her not as badly as first shown. Lots of action, with a fast-paced plot and an ending that leaves you rea ...more
Robert
Oct 21, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it
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.
Anna  (Bananas!)
Sep 07, 2013 Anna (Bananas!) rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, monster-squad
Slightly entertaining. Marginally good. It's DC. Shoulda known I'd be underwhelmed.
Sam
Apr 03, 2014 Sam rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
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
Liana
Jan 08, 2017 Liana rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
This is more like a 2.5 stars read for me. The artwork was decent, the main plot was okay, but I expected much more from it. I mean, a story about a morally grey, mixed race, badass woman should - and could - have been much more interesting. This one, however, failed to live up to my expectations and there are two main reasons.

Firstly, the plot was dragging A LOT . And when I say 'a lot' I mean it. The events could have taken place in half the length of this comic book and nothing would be mis
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Rick Hunter
May 11, 2013 Rick Hunter rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Voodoo fans
I received this book for Christmas. I've wanted to read this since it first came out. In October 2011, DC comics rebranded their line of comics as the New 52. They released 52 different comics titles that rebooted most of the characters in their universe and also added characters from the Wildstorm and Vertigo comics lines. This makes the 28th of those 52 titles that Ive started reading.Voodoo was originally created as part of the WildCATs team at Wildstorm comics by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi. I ...more
Wendy
Aug 19, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
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
Lady Entropy
Sep 04, 2016 Lady Entropy rated it it was ok
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Kevin
Nov 10, 2012 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, green-lantern
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.
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Alex Sarll
Apr 22, 2013 Alex Sarll rated it it was ok
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
Matt Sautman
Jan 03, 2017 Matt Sautman rated it really liked it
While Voodoo: What Lies Beneath is not flawless, it presents a story arc within DC's New 52 universe embodying the colonization of bodies and female identity. Although it is not a perfect allegory, What Lies Beneath's overall story structure largely coincides with the kinds of experiences one can encounter within the writings of black feminist critics. I can only imagine what kind of masterpiece this kind of story arc could be were it written by someone from within the black feminist community. ...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
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James Dunphy
Jan 25, 2014 James Dunphy rated it it was ok
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
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Shane
Oct 06, 2012 Shane rated it liked it
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
sixthreezy
Jun 26, 2013 sixthreezy rated it liked it
Shelves: new-52, dc, swon-2014
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
Laurel
Dec 29, 2012 Laurel rated it it was ok
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
Cale
May 04, 2013 Cale rated it it was ok
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
Jessie
Dec 17, 2012 Jessie rated it it was ok
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
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
Liyanna
Jan 18, 2017 Liyanna rated it really liked it
I kind of really liked it. The art is really good.
I think I really enjoyed it because I knew about the daemonites plot thanks to Grifter, Vol. 1: Most Wanted. I would have been a little lost without it.
The plot is good, it's a really good introductory book for Voodoo.
Noetic_Hatter
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
Oct 30, 2012 Kris rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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.
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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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