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Magdalena #1

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On April - 23 - 2010

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You’ve seen the preview, now read what we thought of the newest Top Cow series, Magdalena.

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Magdalena #1
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Nelson Blake II
Cover Artist: Ryan Sook

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Magdalena, to be honest. Obviously writer Ron Marz has done extremely strong work with Top Cow, and I’m a big fan; I’ve also enjoyed Nelson Blake II’s art before. The creative team was never in question for me. I just sometimes have a hard time getting into stories with heavy religious themes. I know little to nothing about the Catholic Church, so I couldn’t help but wonder if I was going to feel lost as I went through the pages of Magdalena #1.

There was really no need to worry.

Magdalena is the story of Patience, a monster-fighting young woman whose bloodline has made her the current in a long line of protectors. She’s a sassy redhead who feels used by the Church, and has broken away, sick of being treated like a disposable commodity. The Catholic Church will not stand for this, however, and need to either get Patience back, or eliminate her and recruit the next Magdalena in line. It’s as if Patience was a rogue vampire slayer, and the Catholic Church was the uptight Watchers’ Council. The Church doesn’t just want her back for their own personal sense of pride, though; there’s an apocalyptic threat at hand, and Patience may be the only one strong enough to stop it.

Ron Marz has begun crafting another fantastic story for the Top Cow universe. Assisted by the sharp and vivid work of Nelson Blake II, Magdalena #1 is the start of what should be a very interesting story. I’m looking forward to learning more about Patience, as well as seeing what her mentor will do now that he’s been put in the difficult position of bringing the girl back to the Church or eliminating her.

Magdalena #1 is a fun read, and is in comic shops right now. Get in on the first issue!


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