By Michael Fitzgerald Troy
Don’t get me wrong; I love strippers. I’m sorry– exotic dancers. Is that the PC term for people who take off their clothes and rub their boobs on the chuttles of anyone who has the right amount of cash for a proper lap dance? I mean, I finally have come to terms with the fact that I’ll never have the physique to be a go-go boy. Hell, my friend, Scotty, and my favorite movie is Showgirls. “We’re all whores, darlin’.”
Voodoo is one of the 52 new titles from DC Comics’ ambitious new relaunch. A slightly random and desperate choice, if you ask me. I’d almost rather see Hooker, oops, I mean Looker, get her own monthly (title not visitor, that is.) Hey, “Looker the Hooker” has a nice ring to it. (Didio, give me a call; my pencils are sharpened.)
Voodoo is a shape-shifting alien with a hidden agenda, posing as a pole dancer to make a few coins. Priscilla Kitaen (A nom du pole I suspect was the creators’ homage to Elvis’ child bride and the hot red-head-turned-psychotic-coke-head from the old Whitesnake music videos.) is the premiere stripper at the Voodoo lounge, who is outed by a secret agent that has been tracking her for the last three weeks. She quits the club and goes on the lam. Wow. How exciting.
Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy Ron Marz’s writing– he is the one who stuffed Green Lantern’s dismembered girlfriend in a frigidaire, after all– but this is the only story I have ever seen done with the Voodoo character, and, frankly, I was hoping for something more than that not-so-fresh feeling. I felt a little “been there, done that” and nothing really happened. I did enjoy the art by Sam Barasi who did a stellar job on Power Girl prior to his stint here.
A sucker for strippers and hookers with hearts of gold, I felt no maternal instinct for this Voodoo child. If I want a dose of strippers, I’ll put my $2.99 in one of the go-go boy’s g-strings at Micky’s in West Hollywood on a Wednesday night.
Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!