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Review – Magdalena #3

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Magdalena 3I’m a big fan of Magdalena written by Ron Marz with great art from Nelson Blake II.  The issue picks up with Patience on the trail of the little boy she’s tasked with killing.

Descended from the bloodline of Christ, Patience is the latest incarnation of the Magdalena. Armed with the Spear of Destiny, she is tasked with destroying any and all evil… even if it takes the form of a little boy. Patience might be able to destroy the boy’s demonic protectors, but can she bring herself to murder a child who could ultimately prove to be innocent?

While the issue is a long fight it serves a pretty important purpose.  We need to see Patience in a fight and what she and Kristoff can do in a brawl.  The issue serves as that bridge and does it’s job well.  Even without the normal out front and center character focus a lot of Top Cow comics have, the fight and interaction is entertaining.  Instead any character development is subtle and pulled off well.

The series is a build up.  We know Patience will confront the evil little boy in a future issue and she’ll face the task of having to kill him.  Will she go that far and complete her mission?  We get the build up and hints by watching her interaction here with others.  We know she has it in her to do what needs to be done, but when push comes to shove, will she do it when she really has to?

Plot: Marz deftly has his character development here show through their actions.  A fight is usually just that, but instead this one sets up Patience, especially for new readers, as to how far she’ll go in the end.  It’s also spelled out at the end, but it’s an interesting technique to use fight as such and one I applaud.  Rating: 8

Art: Blake’s art is great.  His style is perfect for this series, showing detail when he needs to and including a great flow of action.  You can tell there’s good communication with what Marz wants and Blake delivers.  Rating: 8

Overall: Magdalena is a great series and with only three issues in, it’s not too late to start reading it.  There’s a nice mix of fantasy, horror, religion and action to keep the comic original.  This (like a lot of Top Cow comics) is worth the read.  Overall rating: 8

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99    Release Date: 9/1/2010

Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.