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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild at Heart, 8 Jun. 2012
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In 1978 fashion model Mari Jiwe McCabe was almost the first black woman to star in her own American comicbook, but the fabled "DC Implosion" of that year saw the Vixen series cancelled before release. She eventually premiered three years later in Action Comics #521's `The Deadly Rampage of the Lady Fox' and skulked around the DC Universe until she joined the re-booted JLA.

Mari Jiwe comes from a line of warriors blessed by animist Trickster god Kwaku Anansi. The mythical creator of all stories claims to have designed her abilities - and those of fellow hero Animal Man - allowing Vixen, through use of an arcane artefact dubbed the Tantu Totem, to channel the attributes and power of every animal that has ever lived. As a child in M'Changa Province, Zambesi, her mother was killed by poachers and her missionary father was murdered by his own brother over possession of the Totem. To thwart her uncle, the orphan moves to America, eventually becoming a model to provide funding and cover for her mission of revenge...

At first a reluctant superhero, Vixen became one of the most effective crusaders on the international scene and was a key member of the latest Justice League when her powers began to malfunction and she was forced to confront Anansi himself (for which tales see Justice League of America: Sanctuary and Justice League of America: Second Coming)...

Vixen: Return of the Lion originally appeared as a 5-part miniseries in 2009 and opens as the League uncovers a plot by techno-thugs Intergang to fund a revolution in Zambesi. Amongst the impounded files is a record which proves that years earlier, Vixen's mother was actually killed by Aku Kwesi, a local warlord working with the American criminals...

When Mari learns the truth, not even Superman can stop her from heading straight to her old village to find the man responsible. Africa is not America however, and the lawless settlement has no time for a woman who does not know her place - even if she does have superpowers...

When Kwesi appears, Vixen's powers are useless against him and she escapes with her life only because the warlord's lieutenant Sia intervenes...

The severely wounded Mari is dumped in the veldt by Sia and staggers her way across the war-ravaged plain, battling beasts and hallucinating - or perhaps meeting ghosts - until she is attacked by a young lion and rescued by a holy man...

Alarmed at Vixen's disappearance and further discoveries linking Kwesi and Intergang, the JLA mobilise as the lost Vixen gradually recuperates in a place where the constant battles of fang and claw survival are suspended and saintly Brother Tabo offers her new perspective and greater understanding of her abilities. Her JLA comrades meanwhile have exposed Intergang's infiltration but fallen to a power even Superman could not resist...

As the League struggles against overwhelming odds a transcendent Vixen flies to the rescue, picking up some unexpected allies en route before facing her greatest challenge in the shocking conclusion where more hidden truths are revealed and a greater mystery begins to unfold...

Also featuring a gallery of stunning covers by Josh Middleton this is an exceptional and moodily exotic piece of Fights `n' Tights fluff from scripter G. Willow Wilson and artists Cafu & Bit that will delight devotees of the genre and casual readers alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book, 25 April 2013
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The reason i gave this rating because the artworks are detailed and fantastic, the story being told is very detailed and give an extended insight into the early life of Vixen, this is a perfect purchase for any dc comics book collector or just a fan of the JLA, 100% Well Worth Buying
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