Ron Marz is a capable and dependable writer. Fans are familiar with him.
Still, I have no plans to read the new Voodoo series. Sadly, I don’t think many other people will either.
Of course, I’m guessing that their reasons will vary greatly from my own. Though I love the character, Pris is hardly popular with mainstream comic fans. Come September, she will be crowded out by more popular intellectual properties. There is only so much money to spend, after all. And most of it will go towards the Dark Knight and his merry band of leather-clad associates. And though Marz is capable and dependable, he is neither controversial nor novel. His interviews and output do not draw the same attention given to those featuring veteran peers such as Morrison or fresh young upstarts like Edmonson. Edmonson has an attractive, exciting reputation that has drawn fans to discuss Grifter—Grifter!—I character I adore, but one that I can easily admit is merely a slapdash mix of Gambit and Wolverine. And yet here I sit, contemplating purchasing the character’s new series—with nary an X-Men or Wolverine to be found on my pull list. Why? The mix of a character that I am fond of plus the addition of a “hot” creative team has sparked my interest.
So, why am I not picking up Voodoo? Solid creative team, a character I adore—should be right up my alley, no? No. Lackluster interviews and promotional copy that alludes to the fact that the character will be brought back to “square one” in terms of character development has put me off. I’ve read stories where this character has grown from a naïve plaything unaware of her heritage into an accomplished fighter deeply proud of who she is. I am not interested in reading a new version of that arc. I’ve read Alan Moore’s version. I’m pretty satisfied. Then again, I’m not the target audience.
Honestly, I don’t feel that there is an audience for this book. Fans of Voodoo don’t want to see a rehash of earlier stories. Fans of Marz would rather see the creator work on a character that “counts.” Witchblade fans are fans of Witchblade. I don’t see many of them following Marz to his new series.
My armchair editor rundown? Why, of course I’ll give it to you! I would have stolen Marz from Image too. However, I would have placed him with a mainstream second-tier superhero with a built-in audience. I believe that handing him a character with barely any name recognition was a mistake. As for Voodoo? I would have been on the hunt for the next Liu to take the reins of that book. I would have quietly approached YA fantasy authors and writers from popular cult shows like True Blood to pen a six-issue arc—someone who could draw as much attention as possible to the book. I might have really gone out on a limb and approached a writer like Zane. I probably wouldn’t have been pleased with the result creatively, but that writer knows how to get people to part with their dollars, and holds the attention of an audience DC could never dream of reaching. Plus, having a black writer on Voodoo might have taken the edge off of comments such as this one. I love Voodoo, and Vixen certainly doesn’t offend me in any way, but on paper DC’s only two black heroines are a stripper and a woman who can mimic wild animals. Whoo! So not a good look.