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Voodoo #5 - Identity Issues

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Voodoo returns to the Daemonite ship that brought her to Earth and encounters far more than what he had expected.

The Good

The fifth issue of VOODOO is the first venture for writer Joshua Williamson into the series. You can definitely feel the shift in both the writing style as well as the book's direction. People who like Voodoo's appearance in WildCATS will definitely appreciate the references to the 90's series in this issue.

Although the book does feel to be moving in a different direction, I am still happy to see Agent Fallon make another appearance in this issue. Williamson explores her relationship with Black Jack a little bit more and things seem to get more personal. Personally, I find Fallon has the potential to be a very interesting and exciting character so I look forward to seeing her explored in this book.

Sami Basri delivers another phenomenal issue. His ability to capture emotion and passion and the mood in each scenes of the book is incredible. I continue to be impressed with his skill.

The Bad

Often, a change in the creative team means a change in the depiction of the central character. This is very obvious in the fifth issue of VOODOO although it does not seem to make much sense. Compared to the previous four issues of this series, Voodoo seems far less sure of herself. Before she knew what her mission was and was convinced of them, now she is unsure. Yet this uncertainty is evident before we even get to the final page of the issue (which only reinforces the question of who she is).

While she had no trouble killing certain individuals in the previous four issues, she struggles in her internal monologue with death on the very first page. It feels as though she is trying to convince herself that what she is doing is okay. I think the interesting thing about the character in the previous issues is that she probably wouldn't have verbalized it the way she does here.

The Verdict

This book feels like it will have a lot more WildCATS influence, and it will be interesting to see how much. I am curious to discover what kind of a direction Williamson takes the character and how far he goes with her. How much of her character in this series will change? The final fight towards the end of the issue also left me with a few questions. For example, what is the relationship between the Daemonites and former WildCAT, Grifter?

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doordoor123

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Edited By doordoor123

You're being a little harsh here with the stars. I was also upset with the creative change but this issue was good in it's own way. And I hate the way that her inner monologue is written. It's a different vibe for the character.

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@doordoor123: I agree she is being too harsh on this book. This was a great book to me. Also it explains in the book why she is second guessing her action now. Also in the last book when Kyle let her go she started to think a little about what she was doing but just like in this issue she still was determined to complete her mission.

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@dadarkknight36310 said:

@doordoor123: I agree she is being too harsh on this book. This was a great book to me. Also it explains in the book why she is second guessing her action now. Also in the last book when Kyle let her go she started to think a little about what she was doing but just like in this issue she still was determined to complete her mission.

Honestly I thought Marz' last two issues were kind of weak. But his first two were F'N awesome. I felt this book did what it was intended to do and kicked it up a bit. Maybe not in the way I expected but it did so nonetheless.

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"For example, what is the relationship between the Daemonites and former WildCAT, Grifter?"

Grifter's own title covers this more.

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Edited By Turkeysammich

My biggest issue with the book was the end. It has been done so many times before. I enjoyed everything up to the last couple pages. Hopefully they put a fresh spin on it.

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Edited By odysseyuwrf

Not to excited about where things went in this issue. I'm going to take a wait and see approach with this title with the new creative team.

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I'm not really getting where your comments on Priscilla trying to reassure herself are coming from. That was nothign new. She has been doing that since issue one. Its nothing new. I mostly liked this issue though I'm not sure how I feel abut the ending.

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The ending left me a little bit puzzled, but overall I think Mr. Williamson did a very good job.

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Edited By the_stegman  Moderator

well she wasn't THAT broken up about killing them, sure she felt bad (as well she should since she isn't a sociopath) but she acknowledged they were soldiers just like her and they both were doing their jobs.