Justice League of America : Vixen Rebirth Review
Justice League of America Vixen: Rebirth is a one shot by DC Comics in prepare for the Justice League of America : Rebirth that is coming out in the beginning of February. Vixens Rebirth is written by Steve Orlando/Jody Houser and drawn by Jamal Campbell.
As a fairly young comic book enthusiast, I haven’t had a big exposure on the character of Vixen. I only remember her from the Justice League : Unlimited series where she had a bit of screen time. Most recently I have of course gotten to know her in the Arrowverse, first portrayed by Megalyn Echikunwoke in the Arrow and later by Maisie Richardson-Sellers in Legends of Tomorrow. As i personally like the idea of controlling or imitating Animal powers, I was looking forward to this one shot.
Vixens: Rebirth starts with the introduction of international known model and animal rights activist Mari McCabe in a TV interview, she is there to talk about her philanthropic foundations and how she wants to get morn involved this year. The interviewer has a surprise at hand and confronts her with one of the kids, that is in one of her “after school programs”. Charlotte Frank seems devastated, and confronts Mari about her being never around, even though she reached out for her in the case of her missing mother.
Now we see Mari McCabe in her penthouse, on the telephone with her agent. As she complains about her programs, because “the programs don’t mean anything if people fall through cracks”, as she takes the tantu totem out of a hidden safe. She decides to use the totems and its power to help Charlotte.
We get a wonderful full site panel from her connecting with the animal world here. She investigates the crime scene, as a bear, and starts to follow the trace of the kidnappers scent. She finds him.
His name is Stan Ray aka Spiderbite and starts to tell his supposed to be emotional speech why he is doing this. But Mari doesn’t bother, because she knows people like him “Fools trying to justify their mistakes with bigger ones”.
Spiderbite calls to his spider which are now attacking Mari. She calls for the power of the elephant and the spider back off scared. She gives Spiderbite what i would call a “Dophin-kick” and frees the victims.
Mari McCabe is again on the same TV show as in the start of this issue. It seems as it is publicly known what she did and Mari seemed to be stepping back from her businesses to do, what exactly?! Mari tells us here that this is not a new project it is her new mission, to reach out to those that truly need her and that from now on she shall be known as Vixen!
Mari McCabes origins are told as flashbacks to her childhood in Zambesi. It’s the death day of her mother, whom she has seen been killed by poachers, and she has an argument with her father, Richard, about the use of violence against criminals, “her mother would have been against it” says her father. He tells her this as he holds the tantu totem. It knocks on the doors of his church. It’s his brother and his friends/gang that want to use to power of the totem against their enemies. Richard does not want to hand it out as he thinks the will not use it righteous. This gets him killed by his own brother. Mari has to flee as she takes the totem with her.
I personally enjoyed the Vixen Rebirth a lot. The story is told straight forward and shows a lot of the pain and guilt someone like Mari McCabe has to carry even tough she is already doing a lot to help others like her that had an unfortunate youth. Her origin is just heartbreaking as is shows: the call for power is for some more important than family. The art from Jamal Campbell is also greatly done, especially the panel that cover the whole page. His art is very detailed and carries a lot of the story. I am really looking forward to seeing more from her in the JLA. Only thing I can criticize is her having to call the animal’s name before accessing its power, it’s a bit off for me personally.
I can only recommend this comic book to everybody, it gives a great introduction of the character and we can look forward to what we will see in the upcoming JLA series from her.