One of the more controversial titles coming out of the DC Universe has been VOODOO, which up until recently was being written by former WITCHBLADE writer Ron Marz. Recently, however, DC revealed that Marz was going off the title and that writer Joshua Williamson would be taking over. Following our brief interview with Williamson yesterday regarding his new DC miniseries based on the UNCHARTED video game franchise, we caught up with the writer and asked him about the direction he will be taking the former Wildstorm Universe character beginning with issue #6 of her current ongoing series. Check out the full interview below.
Comic Vine: You've stated that you'll be taking VOODOO into a whole new direction, can you tell us how?
Joshua Williamson: Our focus was to introduce more action to the book but maintain what had come before. Just move the story along and testing Voodoo’s faith in her beliefs and mission. It’s still going to keep the spy and espionage aspects, and Voodoo’s main mission that was introduced in issue one, but something is going to happen in issue five that will take Voodoo on a new path. She was given this important mission to gather intel on Earth’s heroes, but she never really asked “why?” She was just a soldier following orders…I’m not saying that she is going to be a traitor and betray her kind… but now she wants answers.
== TEASER ==
CV: What is it about VOODOO that interests you?
JW: The conflict. The idea that she rides the fence of being a hero and a villain. In a lot of ways she just looks at herself like a soldier for the Daemonite cause but is learning that it isn’t so black and white.
What I found to be intriguing was the idea of this woman who initially had a strong sense of identity, but is now questioning that identity. That wrapped up in the metaphor of her being shapeshifter is very well done.
Also, I was a big Wildstorm and Wildcats fan, so getting a chance to work with those characters is amazing.
CV: What direction will you be taking the character?
JW: Forward. Voodoo opened with the idea that Voodoo could be a hero or a villain. We’re going to be continuing that conflict and take it to some dark places.
So far she has been learning little bits of humanity through what she has seen and almost through osmosis… But has it really set in or just a side effect of her telepathic powers?
Using action and drama, we want to push Voodoo to make the choice: Is she a hero or a villain? How will the Daemonites and heroes of Earth see her?
But the real question and the one that matters is… how does she herself?
CV: Do you plan on integrating other members of the DCU into your book?
What do you think of Williamson's direction for the character? What do you think of the recent changes of the creative teams of many DC books? Are you looking forward to Williamson's direction on VOODOO?