Vixen: Return of the Lion #3

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Art by
Colors by
Santiago Arcas
Letters by
Rob Clark Jr
Cover by
DC Comics

Vixen's sojourn continues here, and the writing and art carry on in their excellence, at least as far as Vixen's story is concerned. This issue also features the Justice League of America coming to the aid of their teammate. In those spots, the book falls upon tough times. While Jefferson Pierce's appearance is in character and makes some strides, he's used a little too heavy-handedly in this issue, as are all of the Leaguers. It almost seems predictable that Vixen is going to have to rescue her rescuers, and the method in which Superman is taken off the board clinches that theory.

Cafu continues to astonish on the art side of things and is ably accompanied by Santiago Arcas' colors. The two work as a well-matched partnership, each relying upon the other's formidable talent. The quiet conversation between Brother Tabo and Mari is where this is most evident.

To this point, as far as the story is concerned, this issue is the weakest of this mini series with the pedestrian treatment of the Justice League, who are taken out of the action a little too easily to be the world's greatest hope for defense. But this is not "Justice League of America", it is Vixen's tale and it does a remarkable job of placing the spotlight on Mari Jiwe McCabe. Wilson can be absolved for not making the JLA a massive powerhouse due to her crafting this generous tale of discovery for Vixen.

The use of Brother Tabo allows us to gain insight into Mari's persona and decision-making process; Tabo is a surrogate for the reader, essentially allowing Mari to break the fourth wall without being overly comical or hokey.

Tabo sums up the mission of this mini series in the following statement: "I believe that Vixen owes nothing to totems or gods. That she was born to play this role, with or without your help. Now, you must believe it, too."

This series has been very enjoyable for me as an ardent fan of the character, and I am sure that readers of "Justice League of America" will find this tale to be a nice supplement to the compromised screen time a team book affords our venerable Vixen. I believe Vixen plays a role in the larger DC Universe, and I am quite pleased DC has taken the time to give her a chance to shine.

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