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Vixen: Return of the Lion Paperback – December 22, 2009
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It wasn't until G. Willow Wilson and Cafu's beautiful mini-series that Vixen's true voice in the medium that spawned her was finally found. Mari Jiwe returns to the village of her youth she left after the murders of her parents after a Justice League mission reveals a shocking truth about the murder of her mother and the identity of the true murderer. After a confrontation where she is nearly mortally wounded, Mari is rescued by a strange mystic who knows more about Mari's abilities than she does and teaches her how to use the power within. Meanwhile, the rest of the League discover a plot involving Intergang and the warlord who nearly killed Vixen.
Ms. Wilson crafted a brilliant story and definitely set a tone for the mythos of Vixen in the years to come. At least she would have had DC continued to capitalize on the story. Instead, DC continued to relegate Vixen as a side character instead of pushing her to the "big seven" of the DC Universe, even putting her in the short-lived New 52 series Justice League International. Vixen: Return of the Lion is a great stand-alone story that's worthy of any superhero library.
As I said, it's her miniseries and so they don't let this comic belong to her completely. The JL is in this comic; Batman, Superman, Red Arrow, Black Canary, and what seems to resemble Static Shock. Nonetheless, they all play a supporting role in the story of Vixen's slight identity crisis in which she goes back to Africa because she feels as though she doesn't fit in with everyone else in the JL and that maybe she doesn't belong there anymore.
As for the art, I like this art style and how all the characters and environment were drawn except for one. Black Canary. Maybe it's because there are so many better versions of her, but this artist's vision of Black Canary is pretty lackluster.
There was also a small plothole in the last fight and what seemed like a romance pulled out of nowhere for the sake of romance appearing..... out of nowhere.
Overall great especially since it's the only existing miniseries about Vixen. Definitely worth the money.
Thanks so much for your time folks.
Sincerely, R.A. McDowell
Now, however, I have a very different opinion of the two females of that bunch. Gypsy has (thankfully) donned shoes and a costume that's strikingly similar to Wonder Woman's new (and much reviled) costume. Vixen, however, has become the best of the bunch. She's sexy and tough and deserves more recognition than she's currently given.
The strength of this story is in the solo adventures of Vixen as she returns to her homeland; the weakness is the inclusion of the Justice League. Vixen can do just fine on her own. She doesn't need other superheroes to help her carry a storyline, especially in her first solo self-titled mini-series. VIXEN: RETURN OF THE LION was quality storytelling, and I recommend it to anyone who loves good writing and exceptional artwork. Let's hope that one day Vixen gets her due.