…Who do? You do. Do What? Remind me of the babe.
Voodoo is the first non-white female superhero to get her own comic. That being said, Voodoo is a bisexual alien stripper who we first see on all fours with men throwing money at her. Now I have nothing against bisexuals, aliens, or strippers, but I don’t appreciate the fact that we are introduced to her on all fours. I meant to write about this comic a lot sooner than now, but it has taken me this long to decide how I feel about it.
A definite plus is the art of Sami Basri- who also worked on Power Girl. Basri’s style is clean, polished and much more flattering to the real female form than other comic book artists. Voodoo and the other strippers don’t look like they came out of Heavy Metal Magazine- they look like real women (but attractive) women with a range of body types and faces. That is one of my biggest pet peeves, when ‘hot’ people all have the same face (here’s looking at you shojo manga- which I love).
On the 3rd page we are introduced to my other favorite part of the series: Jess. Agent Jessica is an FBI operative who was sent, with her partner, to keep an eye on Voodoo. While her partner is busy getting a hard on in the strip club, Jess is outside beating the shit out of a bunch of assholes who thought a lady alone would be an easy target. And sure she sleeps with her partner, but it happens. I am, however, concerned about her future as a character.
Perhaps the biggest problem I have with this series is the character Voodoo herself. Now, Voodoo is an alien, shapeshifter, and telepath. In the comics she says that she is a stripper because it’s where she can learn about men because their guard is down. Now, does anyone really think that the thoughts of men are worthwhile while they are in a strip club? Not likely. Also, couldn’t she become a man and infiltrate their thoughts through other avenues? Yes. She could. But she doesn’t- you know why? In her original incarnation Voodoo discovered she was able to enhance her powers if she slept with many different men. This ultimately destroyed her marriage- obviously.
Now since I’ve only read up to the second comic, I am not going to comment on the flat characters and their contrived conversations.
Ultimately, the first two issues of Voodoo were enjoyable- but could go seriously wrong in the future.