I’m into any comic
that will rile up the Catholic Church: Image’s Nancy in Hell,
Top Cow’s The Darkness, and now their series Magdalena.
Don’t think that the book is stealing from the Da Vinci Code.
The theory of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene getting it on has been
around (unpopular as it is) much longer than Dan Brown. Though not a
personal believer in it, I find it much more realistic than the
“angels spawning children including Lucifer himself” storyline that
has been featured in numerous comics books and teen novels. But back
to Magdalena, though it can be compared to the Da Vinci
Code, I wasn’t as riled up over its awfulness as when I saw the
film version of Mr. Brown’s book. Instead, I was intrigued.
Having to start on book #3 (Magdalena: Blood
of the Lamb Part 3) of any series is a pain. You don’t know who
the characters are, or what is happening. However, Magdalena
does a good job of catching up the audience to the action. I wasn’t
as lost as I was in say Fathom: Blue Descent. The first thing
that caught my eye was an early panel that shows several Magdalena
warriors. All of them are women. I’m not a feminist, but even I was
going “girl power”! Girl’s kicking demonic ass, now that’s what I
call comic gold. But you may ask what the difference is between
Patience, the current Magdalena, and Nancy Simmons, the star of the
Nancy in Hell comics, which make my opinion of Patience so
much greater. Patience questions herself; she appears more
realistically human. You can empathize with someone who has to kill
what appears to be a boy, but may in fact be the son of Satan.
And that is essentially the plot of Magdalena.
Patience returns to the Catholic Church to go after the Anti-Christ
in The Omen form. I wonder if he’s named Dameon? Not exactly
original, but like I said earlier, I love the questioning nature of
our main character. Not much happens in book #3 to advance the plot.
The dialogue is contrived and predictable, but not bad.
What I love about Top Cow comics (or starting to
love as I am a newcomer to the publisher’s work) is their artwork,
especially in their use of color. Magdalena knows when to use
color and when to use black to create a nice contrast from boldness
to basic. Unlike The Darkness, the comic is not gory at all,
and trust me, I didn’t miss it. I was questioning Patience’s costume
choice (no capes!) until the demon used it against her. Obviously,
the creators can read my mind or I can predict theirs, because even
though the comic was obvious in its direction, it was still
At this point, I hope to get my hands on Issue #1
and #2 to learn more about the relationship between Patience and her
guardian, Kristoff. I also cannot wait for the inevitable showdown
between Patience and her target. I’m hoping for a hell of a good