It’s all been building to this! Black Razor Agent Fallon has finally tracked down Voodoo and has her cornered! Now it’s time for revenge. But Voodoo knows the truth of her own origins and will decide if she’s going to be a hero–or a villain. Don’t miss the blockbuster battle between Voodoo . . . and Voodoo!
Voodoo faces off with Priscilla and Agent Falon. Voodoo kills Falon and offers Pris the opportunity to join her so they can seek answers about whom they are and why they were chosen by the Aliens. The Black Hawks attack and Voodoo escapes leaving Pris with them. The head of Black Hawk then offers Pris a job.
Reboot- For those who hated the book before maybe the new direction will appeal to you.
Art-Sami Basri continues to be the most compelling reason to pick up this book.
Action-Well it does have a few well illustrated action sequences.
Characterization- Shot to hell is the character introduced in issue #1 (shakes head) I honestly feel cheated, Ron Marz had a clear handle on the conflict within Voodoo, she was a flawed and tragic character searching for identity and direction but she had a strength of character within all that, Pris on the other hand is a simpering weakling I can’t see myself ever relating to or caring for.
Don’t call it a reboot- For all intents and purposes this book which received so much negative feedback when originally launched is being rebooted right before us. Our supporting cast is now all dead, Agent Falon and Black jack and the titular character has turned villain leaving us with “Pris” as the new star of a book that once had a serious edge.
Cover-Not the best cover this series has ever seen.
Direction-I still have no idea where to put this book in terms of category or even who to recommend it to. It lacks anything direction either be an action book, comedy, ensemble, and with recent developments things are murkier still.
Directionless and lacking in focus, sure it’s pretty but with this soft reboot taking place this book will either die in the next 6 months or grow either way I can recommend that you pick it p unless your an art buff 2.5/5
January 1: The series jumps ahead to five years where the Team has gained new members (consisting of Blue Beetle, Beast Boy, Bumblebee, Robin (Tim Drake), Lagoon Boy, Wonder Girl, Batgirl, and Mal Duncan) and some of the original ones have joined the Justice League. After the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo attacks the UN and reveals the Secretary-General Tseng as an alien in disguise, G. Gordon Godfrey is shown trying to turn the public against the Justice League on a news broadcast.
January 3: On the Watchtower, Adam Strange reveals that aliens from Rann have stolen zeta technology and used it to invade Earth. Members of the Team are dispatched to Rann while others are set to deal with the aliens on Earth.
January 4: The Team splits into three squads to destroy the different zeta platforms. Robin, Lagoon Boy and Blue Beetle stumble upon a massive base occupied by throngs of aliens, and liberate the human hostages. Meanwhile, Superboy, Miss Martian, Beast Boy and Adam Strange arrive on Rann.
Black Supherheroes this episode: Bumblebee, Mal Duncan, Rocket, Black Lightning.
Eric (Quantum) and Woody are best friends who grew up together. One day Woody mysteriously leaves without saying goodbye. Fifteen years later both their fathers die in a helicopter accident and the meet at the graveside. Eric decides to investigate their fathers partner Warrant since they are all on the suspect list. Eric also finds a pair of gauntlets which belonged to their fathers, Woody of course wants one for himself. Bickering between the two led them to be trapped together in a chamber which converts them to pure energy as they start to fight each other on the brink of death the gauntlets connect and they wake up outside the facility in superhero garb.
The cop investigating the case wakes them up and takes them to the station where they bring him up to speed on what’s happening.
F****** Hilarious- Ok where do I start? I was in stitches for most of the book. Christopher Priest may have retired from the comic experience but man! This classic written by him is pure slapstick funny.
Origin- Right out the gate we get the origin tale and it’s a pretty hilarious ordeal.
Characterization- Ok so Eric is the level headed, sensible member of the team while Woody is not really bat shit crazy but pretty darn close.
Art- Not the very best of its time but it’s aged pretty well all things considered.
Racism- Christopher Priest deals with racism in a very tongue in cheek manner. Eric the black guy is the smart successful one while his blonde white counterpart is such an airhead beamed straight from space. Said airhead spouts the most bigotish, racist diatribe you can think of but he’s honest to god doing it just to piss off Eric rather than actually meaning any of it. In fact when Eric brings up Woodys departure because he was a “Niger” he literally loses it because he can’t believe Eric would even for a second think of him in this manner.
Friendship- Watching these two knock each other around and just being reduced to little kids by being around each other took me way back to my best friend as a kid. It tugs at the heartstrings sure enough.
Gritty and serious- If you’re a fan of noir, sombre or serious moods you won’t find that here.
Hilarious hot mess of a superhero duo with so much drama they could write their own soap opera. Priest and Bright combine in this series to give us an instant classic! 5/5
Real Name: Eric Henderson
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Created by: Christopher Priest
1st appearance: Quantum and Woody #1, 1997
Team Affiliations: Quantum and Woody
Legal Status: Unknown
Height: 6’2 Weight: 210 lbs
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Relatives: Unnamed father (deceased), Nicole Astin Gray (Mother)
Skills and abilities: Military training in armed and unarmed combat.
Powers: His wristband can release a concussive energy blast. For a time he existed in a state of pure energy which could only be stabilized by knocking his band against his partner Woody’s.
He also employs many gadgets reminiscent of batman in his fight on crime.
Eric was the son of an affluent and influential black man living in the upper class of society in Greenwich. Due to his affluent and sheltered life he grew up completely ignorant of the fact that racism existed outside of his “bubble”. He became fast friends with bumbling Woodrow Van Chelton whose father worked with his. Despite being a straight ‘A’ student Eric constantly found himself in trouble due to his association with “Woody”. When Woody suddenly moved away from the neighborhood and left school without saying anything to Eric he was devastated this was compounded when his classmates convinced the naïve Eric that Woody had left because he was ‘black’.
As a teenager he grew bitter and angry when real racism reared its head. He applied to West Point Military Academy who rejected his application on the basis that he they were already over there “black quota”. His father however was connected enough to get him in which made further alienated him to his white comrades and superiors. Here he realized he had a heart condition which would have had him expelled but again his father’s connections kept him in the military. Years later he was court-martialled when his condition was uncovered.
Around this time his father was killed along with Woody’s. At the funeral they were reunited and got drawn into uncovering who killed their dads. Here they discovered two gauntlets with one donned by each. Converted to energy they were forced to live together to stabilize each other. Eric then convinced Woody to become superheroes. He supplied the costumes and technology with Woody often serving as a bumbling sidekick. For a time he was trapped in Woody’s body though he later returned to his own. He eventually came to clash with Woody who had become a villain and took on a new sidekick.
Inside the speed force Turbine takes Flash on a tour of the locale and how he ties into it. He lies about Flash’s lady friend not being there. Flash realizing that Turbine is causing all kinds of problems from inside the speed force and not wanting him to travel into the past to disrupt the time stream he grabs him and enters the present. Flash arrives at a point in time as Gorilla grod defeats his father and becomes king of the Ape nation.
Cover- Pretty cool cover as Flash id seemingly disintegrated by Turbine.
New Black Superhero- Hero or Villain? Not sure yet but Turbine is an interesting addition to our ranks.
Art- Frances Manapul has a distinctive art style complimented by gorgeous dynamic colors.
Barry Allen- I get why he’s back but I can honestly say I will never be able to appreciate him as anything other than a fossil. Where the f*** is Wally West? Fan’s of Wally stay away!
Apart from a new black character this title really wasn’t my cup of tea but it wasn’t a bad read 2.5/5
Real Name: Roscoe Hynes
Publisher: DC Comics
Created by: Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul.
1st appearance: The Flash #7, 2012
Team Affiliations: Tuskegee Airmen
Legal Status: Unknown
Height: Unknown Weight: Unknown
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Skills and abilities: Skilled pilot
Powers: Exposure to the speed force allows him to spin his body at an accelerated rate often enveloping his body in a whirlwind which he can use to fly, hurl objects or envelop others.
A Tuskegee airman from the US army he piloted an experimental aircraft which disappeared right as his team entered the war. He spent the next seventy years driven almost completely mad from loneliness and isolation. When Barry Allen got his powers he saw it as a way to finally escape his prison. However he could not escape and caused many disasters which pulled others into the speed force. When he finally met Flash he explained his connecting to the speed force, a form of symbiosis. He wanted to return to his original time but Flash feared what effect that would have on the timeline and so pulled him into the present.
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Blue lantern faces off with Invictus, he uses his power to show Saint Walker his tragic past where his race is hunted to extinction by Orange Lantern Larfleez who robbed him of his wings and cast him into an alternate world. Here he remade his solar system and gathered his power to travel back to our world and destroy Larfleeze and replace his corrupted solar system with the one he made. The gathered Lanterns manage to convince him to stand down but he instead tasks Green Lantern Kyle Rayner with assassinating Larfleez.
Cover- Tyler Kirkham and Ruffino Seanmackiewicz have made a gorgeous cover with Invictus front and centre bathed in glowing colors of yellow while Fatality and company lie defeated on the ground and he chokes Kyle, very visually pleasing.
Team- Slowly but surely this band of Power Rangers……cough….I mean rainbow Lanterns is coming together as a unified team. Arkillo almost called saint walker friend and came to his aid when attacked. Bleeze the Red Lantern sought out the team even when she had no reason to and of course Kyle and Fatality with their history make this an interesting team with budding dynamics to rival a well written X-men, JLA or Avengers.
Art- Tyler Kirkham continues to dazzle with great art backed by dynamic colors.
Villain- Invictus is tragic and tortured, he has witnessed the death of his race and solar system thanks in small part to Larfleeze. But he may have gone a bit made, into his otherverse he recreated his entire solar system….he experimented on the natives to replace all the races he missed in our world. Now that he’s back his plan is to replace a universe…which will lead to genocide on a universal scale. Invictus may not realize it but he has become what he hated and fought against he has become a megalomaniac. A tragic, flawed and wholly accessible and relatable villain akin to the X-men’s Magneto, I am very satisfied!
Black superhero- The deadly lady Fatality guest stars.
Inaccessible- Unfortunately if this was your first New Guardians issue you would have been lost upstream without a paddle. No recap page, no short biographies page to tell you who the many players in this space age soap opera are. DC really needs to think about that since they are looking to catch new readers.
A tragic villain a team coming together tied together with lovely art, a very solid 4/5
The Crimson Avenger
Publisher: DC Comics
Real Name: Jill Carlyle
Created by: Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins
1st appearance: Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #9,
Team Affiliations: Justice Society
Legal Status: US citizen with no criminal record
Height: 5’7 Weight: 120 lbs
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Skills and abilities: Vast knowledge of the legal system and field thanks to time as a criminal attorney.
Powers: As the crimson avenger she can become intangible, teleport, and can take on the skills and abilities of those who need to be avenged. Her teleportation powers are not completely under her control however as the guns usually take her to the locations of those who need to be avenged.
Growing up in a middle class family she excelled academically and knew from an early age she wanted to be a lawyer. After graduating from college she became a criminal attorney but became disenfranchised with the field when she saw that money and corruption usually impeded real justice. One day she chanced upon the guns of the original crimson avenger. Drawn to the weapons she bought them from the pawn shop with plans to use them in enacting true justice on a man who had corrupted the courts to get away with murder.
Once she had killed this man the power of the guns fully manifested. An ever-bleeding and painful bullet wound manifested in the center of her chest. This served as a macabre emblem for the new crimson avenger. She also opted for a blindfold motif as opposed to a mask as an ode to lady justice. She briefly was a member of the Justice Society but then returned to the life of an avenger and was last seen during Infinite Crisis.
An ancient curse from the past is feasting on a special race of people known as the “Enforce Race”. Why are these people dying and why have they been chosen? Now (present day) with an extreme amount of Enforcers missing the people want answers. They are tired of their forefather’s mythology. The Enforce Council feels they have found the problem and sends out their armed forces to eradicate it. What they discover leads to an “All Out War”!
Story: Christian Hall
Art: Nate Johnson