Thursday, March 31, 2011
Random Digital Comic Review--Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman.
A few days ago I received an email from a comic creator named Sam Johnson asking if I would be interested in reviewing their comic. It's by the company Visionary Comics (who have some stuff out I recognize, like "Nancy in Hell" which they did with Image comics) in their free digital anthology Digital Visions 4. It's free, and I don't get requests to look at something too often, so I figured why not. What am I reviewing? The mouthful of a title,
Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman
With a name like that I was expecting this comic to be purposely campy or silly, so imagine my surprise when it is played straight by the author. What did I think, though? You know the drill, click the cut...
Yeah, this was above-average. Its a bit melodramatic, but I find the crazy concepts of other-wordly monsters and the like interesting, and the art is good too. Putting aside what I've read about voodoo being misunderstood by popular media and actually being pretty harmless, I find the story's utilization of magic and whatnot interesting, with the fight scenes flowing well. I was a bit annoyed by the whole, "boyfriend-pimp who abused the heroine" angle, as I don't like when the main reason a character in a comic became a hero (or hitwoman, in this case) was because she achieved this self-actualization through a man. Sort of the whole, "I was raped and now I'm a hero etc. etc." spiel that is just stupid (remember that Kevin Smith Black Cat storyline with this concept, anyone?). I'll let it slide here though because lots of characters have origins that rely on being beaten up or abused/traumatized before achieving success and Cabra Cini also was drug addict so her character is defined by more than an abusive boyfriend. It just gets old when its the cliche female-gets-tough-to-fight-the-mean-male concept. As if a woman can't be proactive without some past abuse.
Other than my little rant above, I enjoyed the comic and wouldn't mind following future adventures of our heroine. If you want to spend some free time reading free comics, you can go to samjohnson-comics.blogspot.com and check it out.
3 out of 5 stars.