Lots of spoilers below, you've been warned.
If upon reading the first issue of Voodoo last month you found yourself unsure of what to think of Ron Marz's execution of the character, then I suggest you put your unsure feelings to the side and pick up a copy of the second issue. Talk about character development. Here we begin to see who Voodoo is, at what lengths she'll go to accomplish her missions and not to mention, how smart she is.
Issue two opens where the first one left off, after Voodoo killed Agent Evans and took on his identity. While the first issue of Voodoo depicted the character half naked throughout the majority of the issue; the second one managed to, for the most part, keep her clothes on. Marz demonstrates that Voodoo's abilities don't end at making herself appear intriguing to and seducing men; but that she does have more than half a brain and she is a secret agent in her own right. Voodoo demonstrates that in order to succeed in her own mission, she must manipulate people when they are most vulnerable; hence, the opening scene of issue #2.
Some words that will likely serve to be important to the development of the story:
"Ripley," "Invasion," "The Feds," "Spy," "Voodoo," "Priscilla Kitaen" and "Tyler." Some of these words are obvious; but the most important (it appears twice throughout the issue) is the reference to "Ripley," made later as a safety/code word by Agent Jess Fallon. Voodoo is also a telephath and demonstrates these abilities later in the issue. Lastly, based on the information at the end of the comic, it appears that Voodoo will be receiving a visit from Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. That should be interesting.
There's not a lot of bad in this issue at all, I really enjoyed it.
Voodoo is more than eye candy, and I think Marz makes that pretty clear in this issue. She's smart, manipulative and will do pretty much whatever it takes to get the job done. Oh, and she evidently wrote her own code of ethics, too. The issue is very exciting. Not only is is it action packed, but it's full of manipulation and suspense. It also left me with a lot of questions by the end of the issue than I had when I first started. Not to mention Sami Basri's gorgeous art -- it's absolutely breathtaking. I am thoroughly intrigued by the notion of a (sometimes) sexy, alien, intelligent spy who is more than a little bit cut throat and will do what it takes to get the job done. The book, however, deals with a lot of mature issues and I still think it should have a higher rating that "T+." Still, another stellar book by Basri and Marz. Very entertaining read. I don't know whether to hate Voodoo or love her, but either way, I'm having a lot of fun figuring it out.