A few days ago TheQuarterbin was able to give you an advance look at the MAGDALENA/DAREDEVIL crossover that hit shelves today. After reading the whole story, how did it check out? Find out after the jump whether or not Phil Hester and Ande Parks were able to keep me turning pages.
Story: Phil Hester
Art: Phil Hester/Ande Parks
Cover: Phil Hester/Stjepan Sejic
Well, if the sneak preview showed us anything, it’s Phil and Ande are more than up to the task of bringing Matt Murdock to life. I’m an avid Daredevil supporter. I think what Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark are doing on that book makes it a must read every month. One of the best things about this crossover is Hester’s ability to capture the voice of Matt Murdock like few can. Three pages into the story you’re pulled in. They’ve got you. It’s rare for a one-shot to fire on all cylinders so quickly.
And it’s a good thing they do. I never really read any previous stories concerning Magdalena. Always seemed like a throwaway character to me. That was my own ignorance. Within the first few pages she appears on, I find myself wishing I had known more about her. She seems a perfect conflicted companion for DD on this adventure. Of course, I guess that’s why they’re crossing over to start with. I don’t know how much of my interest in Magdalena is due to Hester’s writing, or whether the character was that interesting before, but he certainly did his job in getting me to care quickly. It also may have helped Hester and Parks’ rendition of Magdalena wasn’t too womanizing, and had just the right amount of femininity throughout the action.
The tale itself centers around a missing child in Hell’s Kitchen whose kidnapper Magdalena has been hot on the trail of. Their team-up hits all the usual team-up notes (they meet, they fight, they figure out they’re on the same side, they whoop up on the baddie), but that doesn’t mean it’s not an interesting read. Hester appears to have taken a lot from his time working with Kevin Smith in regards to plotting this issue, doing some heavy lifting trying to fit Catholicism and the villain together. I won’t say too much because it’s actually worth reading yourself.
Normally I try to stay away from one-shots unless they feature a character I love, or they’re being done by a top-notch creative team. Luckily, this book has both. If you missed out on this when you stopped by the shop, make a point of checking this out the next time you’re in there. It’s well worth the $3.99, especially on a light week.