When DC Comics relaunched their entire line of books last September, they decided that they couldn't do a proper relaunch without changing some things. Some characters would be thrown out like Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain, Wally West and others (at least for the time being), and new characters would be brought to the forefront -- some of which we haven't seen in a long time. Among these new characters re-entered into the spotlight were members of Jim Lee's WILDC.A.T.S. team like Grifter and Voodoo. Yet, although these characters made their return, they were very different from their original portrayals. Some of the more obvious changes, in fact, were seen in VOODOO's self titled series.
When she was first introduced back in WILDC.A.T.S., Priscilla Kitaen was an "exotic dancer." She was also, if you recall, a tiny bit vapid -- but that's beside the point. Although her first appearance was technically in issue #0 of that series, she "first took the stage" (pun intended) for her very first performance in issue #1. That evening, Priscilla caught the eye of an audience member who was also working undercover: Grifter. Grifter had embarked on a mission to identify the woman who worked at the strip club with "the sight," the ability to identify people who were being possessed by the Daemonites. After pinpointing Voodoo as his target, Grifter swept Priscilla away and led her to the WILDC.A.T.S. By issue #2, Priscilla had signed on to join the team. She would later be mentored by Zealot in martial arts and later discover she has other powers that go beyond "the sight" like her ability to shape shift into a "beast-like" form, telepathy and more. Much later in Voodoo's story readers would discover her genetic connection to the Daemonites -- she had one of their genes because her ancestor was once possessed by a Daemonite.
When Voodoo fans first discovered that the character would re-appear in her very own self-titled ongoing series back in September, many were probably excited. Who would have thought that a character like Voodoo would have the chance to carry her own series? But oh, how different she was from her former incarnation. In fact, the only thing that Priscilla Kitaen from the original WildC.A.T.S. run and this new Priscilla Kitaen really had in common were their names.== TEASER ==
In her first appearance since the launch of her self-titled new 52 book, Voodoo was something of a mystery. She worked as an exotic dancer (like we saw in her original first appearance back in 1992), but she was really an undercover alien clone working for the Daemonites. Her mission was to infiltrate the military in order to obtain information about the world's heroes. Potentially in order to eliminate them. Well, at least that was her story in the first four issues. The interesting thing, however, is that Voodoo was also a character you could sympathize with. The further she got in her mission, the more she began to question her own actions and the greater cause.
Over the course of the last three issues of VOODOO, a lot has changed. We discovered that the Voodoo we saw at the beginning of the series isn't Voodoo at all, but a clone of the real Priscilla Kitaen. So, who is Priscilla Kitaen? Up until the sixth issue of the series, Priscilla was being held by the government -- possibly because she had been infected by the Daemonites. That we still don't know. What we do know is that the current Voodoo (or should I say, Voodoo's) are very different from the Voodoo we saw in WildC.A.T.S., originally.
So which version of the character is more interesting? The original version of Priscilla's character, a former exotic dancer with the gift of identifying those who are possessed by the Daemonites. I personally really dug the version of Voodoo that Ron Marz was weaving for readers; where Priscilla was half-Daemonite and on a mission on earth. Since then, however, Priscilla has been changed. She is now a clone and a hybrid. The real Priscilla had been held hostage by the government, has escaped and is struggling to fight against her clone. If I had to guess, I have a feeling that the current writer will go back to Priscilla's roots after eliminating her clone -- but we'll have to wait and see. Which version of the character do you prefer and why?