Writers: Steve Orlando and Jody Houser
Artist: Jamal Campbell
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 11, 2017
We start this issue with Mari McCabe being interviewed about her after school enrichment programs on Impossible but True. A surprise guest is brought out who calls Mari out on not actually ever being available. The guest told Mari that she was her hero, and that her mother was missing and she tried to call her for help and couldn't get in contact with her. This news hits Mari hard while she was back at her loft deleting voice messages. Mari goes into a secret hiding place near one of her armor collections and pulls out a small box containing a cat head amulet.
The Family Heirloom
We flash back to a scene between Mari and her father in a church. Mari is sad because this is the month that her mother was murdered right in front of her years ago. Her father comforts her and passes down the legacy of her mother to her, the Tantu Totem. This Totem contains a magic that connects the wearer to every living creature and can borrow their might.
The Totem Activated: The Rise of Vixen
Mari put on the Totem necklace and with the most impressive page in the issue, showing Mari connecting with the Totem. She zips off using the power of an eagle to fly to where the girl's mother was taken. The police have searched, but the police dogs came back with nothing. Calling upon the power of the Totem she calls the power of the Bear who have the best nose on the planet. She picks up a scent and tracks it down to an old sewage building where she finds Spiderbite keeping people in cells. Spiderbite is taking his revenge on the people who sent him to jail, and to bring Mari down he somehow calls on spiders to help him. This doesn't phase Mari she calls upon the power of the Elephant and sends the spiders running towards Spiderbite, once distracted she calls upon the power of the Dolphin to knock him out. After rescuing the victims and reuniting the girl and her mother, she announces to the world back on the same show where she was called out for not being there for people who need her, that she has a new mission and a new name: Vixen.
This issue started off really slow and I found myself trudging forward up until the point where she put on the Tantu Totem for the first time, after that point the book flew by and was a good read. With that being said Jamal Campbell's art through this whole issue was amazing! It makes Orlando's over use of dialogue easier to get through. The story line wasn't bad but it felt like they forced the beginning of the issue to get Mari to put on the Totem and become the Vixen.
Blessing: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Carl Hamlin | NCR