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Vixen: Return of the Lion (Vixen: Return of the Lion #1-5)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  145 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
On a mission against the mega-mobsters of Intergang, the Justice League makes a stunning discovery revealing the truth behind the death of Vixen's mother. Long ago, poachers were fingered in her murder, but stunning proof arrives exposing the identity of her real killer! And the man responsible is still alive, making a vicious play for power in the homeland Vixen left year ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by DC Comics (first published 2009)
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Sam Quixote
Superhero and Justice League member Mari Jiwe/Vixen discovers her mother’s killer is still alive and sets off to Zambesi for revenge.

Yup, it’s just that straightforward for this relatively unknown DC character but I think it’s a good idea to not get too kerazy plot-wise when you’ve only got five issues to tell a story. But who the Final Crisis is Vixen? Her power is that she can say the name of an animal and temporarily gain its characteristics. Kinda like Animal Man. Exactly like Animal Man. I
Dec 30, 2016 Chelsea rated it liked it
This wasn't super interesting.

Mari is a pretty interesting character so I wish this story was more interesting. Vixen takes on the traits of any animal and that's fascinating. I will say, they utilize that pretty well here. The problem was, I wasn't super interested in the plot. I loved the flashback to her childhood with Abiesa. The relationship she forms with Sia was okay. I just would've rather seen how she is with the Justice League. The relationship between her and Supes was so interesting
Aug 21, 2011 Nnedi rated it it was amazing
:-). yeah, was cool. highly recommended. want more of her. loved a lot of the cover art, too. my fav was the one with the gazelle.
Mar 05, 2017 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realized I had a huge backlog of graphic novels that I've bought and never read, so I am going to try getting through them.

Vixen is one of the lesser known superheroes of the DC universe, and it always surprises me that she isn't more popular because she is so kick-ass. I was really excited to see that G. Willow Wilson had written a mini-series featuring Mari and picked it up a while back when it was on sale.

This was great! The plot was a bit on the cliched side but it was really nice to see
Jan 17, 2016 Brian rated it liked it
I had a chance to meet the writer of this story last week, G Willow Wilson is becoming a Big Name in the world of comic books. She has always been a good, solid writer. Today she's getting lots of attention for her new MS. MARVEL series from Marvel. It's a very good series and you should check it out.
But, getting back to this book, VIXEN: Return of the Lion, originally published in 2008-2009 is a good, solid story about Mari McCabe. A character that has been around for over 30 years but has neve
Danielle Booey
Jun 24, 2017 Danielle Booey rated it really liked it
Vixen is a character that I first came to enjoy in the Justice League Unlimited series and then through the main Justice League title for a time in the early 2000s. I am also a huge fan of G. Willow Wison and when I learned that almost a decade ago she had written a miniseries for DC I was automatically intrigued.

This story takes place in a time when Vixen's confidence in herself and her powers is incredibly shaken. It is a story about how you can never really go home, but also how the pain of l
Oct 14, 2016 Gregory rated it it was amazing
Aside from the slugfests, the story is about discovering the real power within us all which we human beings sometimes forget and addressing the issue of exploitation in Africa which is still a problem in our modern and often ignored in today's headline news as a result of Racism and Slavery from both within the continent and the Western nations who have financially benefited from it. It is still a great story and Vixen takes center stage.

Black superheroes and other characters of color are enjoy
Jun 17, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it
really enjoyed the character and the theme of -owning yourself.
T Holland
Feb 16, 2017 T Holland rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I hope to read more.
Feb 12, 2017 Chris rated it it was amazing
This was such a phenomenal read! G. Willow Wilson is one of the best writers in comics and Cafu does some amazing art.
Mar 12, 2016 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I haven't encountered the comic book version of Vixen (as opposed to the CW version) a few times, and what I know about her can basically be summed up as, "Well, she looks kind of cool." And... that's about it. So I wasn't here for her, I was here for G. Willow Wilson. Note that this is fairly early in her comics career, so this isn't nearly as polished and confident as her incredible work on Ms. Marvel. But there are moments where I could see the writer she would become. It's in the books focus ...more
Eric Klee
Aug 21, 2012 Eric Klee rated it it was amazing
In the 1980s when DC Comics changed the line-up for the Justice League of America to include fledglings Vixen, Gypsy, Commander Steel, and Vibe, I was not impressed. These newcomers were JLA material? A girl (Gypsy) running around in bare feet? Methinks not.

Now, however, I have a very different opinion of the two females of that bunch. Gypsy has (thankfully) donned shoes and a costume that's strikingly similar to Wonder Woman's new (and much reviled) costume. Vixen, however, has become the best
Nice graphic novel. It is a quick read and the first in the series. Vixen is the story of a superhero with animal spirit powers. She can invoke her powers whenever she needs them and is part of the Justice League. However since leaving her home in Africa she has never felt herself or felt that she had control over her powers. The story takes her back to Africa to take revenge on the person who ruined her life. There is lot's of action of course and Vixen learns a valuable lesson about friendship ...more
Jan 28, 2017 Jen rated it really liked it
I am a major G. Willow Wilson fangirl, and Vixen's story had the same elements that I love about her work on Ms. Marvel -- the feeling of having to balance work as a superhero with a culture outside the typical superhero norm, trying to decide if the work she's doing in the name of good is good for everyone, etc. I knew nothing about Vixen coming into this, as I'm more a Marvel fan, but it was still a great read.
Really enjoyable, and I would love to read more about Vixen. I love Wilson's storytelling, and the way she brings non-Western cultures to life in books like this & Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal.
Feb 11, 2016 Gina rated it liked it
Pretty good. I like the character and the art was great.

I especially appreciated the completeness of the arc. Knowing previous story could help, but was not necessary, and a full story was told, while still leaving room for future developments.

This was Vixen's story, and it was a good one, but I really like how Superman was portrayed, and the parallels drawn.
Mar 09, 2016 Casey rated it it was amazing
I love the artwork in this comic. It is just absolutely gorgeous. Vixen/Mari is gorgeous and love her powers. I liked reading from the Zambesi landscape and loved reading about her connection to the land. I enjoyed the story progression and the self discovery Mari went through. I want to read more about Mari. I want to find more comics like this one.
Apr 18, 2013 Eric rated it liked it
pretty good look at vixen, but it's unfortunate that it perpetuates "africa is all huts on the savannah" image of the continent
Jul 12, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Review to come! :D
Jason Lundberg
Feb 12, 2013 Jason Lundberg rated it it was amazing
This was AWESOME. Why have I never heard of Vixen before this? Great writing and gorgeous artwork.
John Yelverton
Jun 18, 2013 John Yelverton rated it it was ok
As much as I love the character, I found the book to be incredibly dull and boring. Really not worth your time.
Feb 24, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
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I've never read anything featuring Vixen before, but she's a cool character. I also liked that Black Canary was in this book for a bit :)
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