Digital Visions #4
Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman
Written by Sam Johnson
Illustrated by Bruno Letizia
This little comic comes packed with three different stories. They’re unrelated, by different writers and artists, but yet they all feature femme fatales of sorts. Today I’m looking at Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman. Yeah, you heard that right… Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman.
Cabra was a prostitute who in an effort to get away from her days of drugs and pimps, learned about Voodoo. After using it against her pimp and eventually killing him, she found a new addiction which, you know, is kicking ass and taking names. This is the debut of this particular character and since she doesn’t get a full comic to her own, we’re only given a snippet. Thankfully the small taste is enough to wet your appetite for more.
The debut issue is about Cabra Cini tracking down a man named Tom. He’s largely irrelevant to the story, but we can presume she’s going to take him out when she finds him. He’s simply the target and apparently some guy who thought he was getting away with murder. This story is about how she tracks her targets. We learn about her ability to tap into a parallel plane of existence, one that can help her literally leap right to the location of her targets. Pretty sweet, right?
Except that this plane is inhabited by an evil force known as the Rook. Cabra describes this place as “Limbo’s crazy cousin–locked away in the attic”, which should give you a good idea of what to expect. The Rook is apparently really tiring of Cabra using his domain as her personal taxi cab and tries to kill her when she enters. Most of this issue deals with Cini’s battles with the Rook and her past, on her quest to find Tom.
I really enjoyed this little comic and I think there is a lot of potential here. Bruno Letizia’s art is good and the style reminds of Kevin Eastman in a way. The story flows well and the art never lets you down. Sam Johnson really taps into some dark places in the backstory for Cabra. The darkness comes not from where you’d expect it, but in the gritty realism of the emotions conveyed when Cini’s former pimp seemingly reappears. Johnson is able to create an aura there that could be recurring theme in the future for this character.
It’s safe to assume as the story goes on we can expect a lot more dark twists, both from the Rook’s “Infinity” realm and from Cabra Cini’s former life. And that’s without even getting much into the voodoo, the hitman aspect or even some of her other past we’ve yet to discover. There’s a lot here to ponder and we’ll have to wait until the next issue to find out more.
It’s definitely worth checking out, since it’s free and it comes packed with two other interesting comics as well. Those two comics are: Deity: The Darkness and the Light #0 and Gangland Avalon. Of the two, I found Deity to be more interesting but both had some substance and serve as good introductions to the characters. All in all, Visionary Comics’ Digital Visions #4 is an interesting journey of fantastically unique independent comics.
You can check it out for free at WOWIO.com and Drive-Thru Comics (if you have a Drive-Thru account). It’s free… That’s a price anyone can afford. What are you waiting for?!?