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Review: Magdalena #1

Magdalena1Cover.pngIn Magdalena #1, writers Tini Howard and Ryan Cady, artist Christian DiBari, and colorist Mike Spicer dust off a nearly 20-year-old character from the Witchblade universe and give it a soft-ish reboot with style. Patience is a 32-year-old woman and happens to have the blood of Mary Magdalene, which allows her to wield the Spear of Destiny that pierced Jesus Christ’s side when he hung on the cross. She uses this Spear to defend the Earth from demons, but isn’t on speaking terms with the Vatican, her old employers. Except her powers have been going wonky recently, and the spear and her abilities don’t have the same effect on evil as she used to be.

Howard, Cady, and DiBari bookmark Magdalena #1 with riveting action scenes featuring freaky demons and pyrotechnics from colorist Spicer, but do an even better job fleshing out the women behind the spear. Patience has been feeling the weight of her burden as the longest serving Magdalena in history and just the persistent crush of evil and institutions that do nothing about it. Howard and Cady’s dialogue for Patience is wry action hero one-liners, but their captions for her are more vulnerable and thoughtful. She is coming to a crossroads in her life, and maybe it’s time to pass her mantle on. Di Bari’s art helps with this as well with panels of wounds on Patience’s torso that are slow to heal as she falls into Logan with even more religious imagery mode and comes to grips with her own mortality.

And this is where Maya Dos Santos aka your new favorite Goth Latina skeptic mystical MagdalenaInterior.pngweapon wielder-in-training comes in. Her first scene in Magdalena #1 is an argument with her mother about religion and not going to Mass. However, Tini Howard and Ryan Cady don’t writer her like a Reddit/Bill Maher atheist and give her a nuanced view of religion. Maya wishes she could believe in a higher power, but sadly can’t. Maya has strong emotions and her passion as a character makes her endearing from the get-go as her long-suffering friend Shilpa deals with her from wanting to have fun at the club to pining for a boy and then back to feeling sad. They have an easy, self-aware banter with Shilpa being the more responsible one while still having fun.

His faces and inking style reminds me a lot of fellow Top Cow artist Stepjan Sejic (This is a compliment.), but Christian DiBari’s work in Magdalena #1 stands out when he indulges his taste for devilish horror. For example, Maya’s problematic crush Greg, who happens to be the host for the demon Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies, starts retching and then his neck snaps when the demon takes over his body. The neck snap, and the gruesomely green vomit from DiBari and Spicer crosses the book from urban fantasy into horror territory and provides Maya with a rude awakening into the world of being a Magdalena as she must learn her new abilities while one of the most powerful demons is on the loose. I look forward to more slicing, dicing action from DiBari and Spicer like the first time Maya wields the Spear of Destiny and gets a surge of energy that almost pops up in the page.

Tini Howard, Ryan Cady, Christian DiBari, and Mike Spicer successfully reimagine a popular 90s character in Magdalena #1 by giving their two protagonist relatable feelings and personal issues to go along with the demon ass kicking. Maya is 19 and trying to become her own person when she gets drawn into a world of Christian symbolism and demons while Patience is having a midlife crisis on a cosmic level.

Patience and Maya’s doubts and flaws along with their grit and determination plus some cool action, demon designs, and general gore make Magdalena #1 worth picking up even if you’re like me and only knew Magdalena from a lyric from “I Wanna Live in a World Full of Heroes” by nerd rock band Kirby Krackle.

Story: Tini Howard and Ryan Cady Art: Christian DiBari Colors: Mike Spicer
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics/Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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patience_fc_colors-1It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Complex – The Story of Fantagraphics, the Company That Changed Comics – Cool to see this story and boy are they.

Variety – Movie Based on Daniel Clowes Graphic Novel ‘Patience’ in Development at Focus – Nice to see!

Kotaku – Transformers: Forged To Fight Takes Kabam’s Fighting Game To The Next Level – Sounds fun.

ICv2 – WotC Eliminates Its ‘D&D’ Organized Play Volunteers – Are they getting ahead of a lawsuit?

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TMNT-Deviations-coverIt’s a new week! Another big con is over and more on the way! Any excited news from the weekend? Sound off in the comments.

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The Washington Post – Beyond Batman: Meet the artist fighting to change comics diversity – Great article. A must read.

The Hollywood Reporter – J.J. Abrams to Produce Adaptation of Greg Grunberg’s Graphic Novel, ‘Dream Jumper’ – Very cool.

The Fresno Bee – University of Iowa class studies iconic female hero – Awesome to see this.

London Graphic Novel Network – Crown on the Ground / Rules of Engagement – An interesting read.

 

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The Guardian – Patience

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Daniel Clowes on Tour with Patience

Daniel Clowes on Tour with PatiencePatience is the first all new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes in over a half-decade, and also the biggest and most ambitious book yet in a storied career that includes multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, a PEN Award, and an Academy Award nomination.

Patience is an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian,” and utterly unique in the author’s body of work. This 180-page, full-color story affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet.

 

 

Tour Dates:

Mon, Feb 29th      Toronto Reference Library      Toronto, ON
Wed, Mar 2nd      The Strand                                NYC
Thur, Mar 3rd       Philly Free Library                  Philadelphia, PA
Fri, Mar 4th          Barnes & Noble                       Princeton, NJ
Sat, Mar 12th        Fantagraphics Bookstore         Seattle, WA
Sun, Mar 13th       Powell’s City of Books            Portland, OR
Tues, Mar 15th      Pegasus Books                        Berkeley, CA
Fri, Mar 18th         Meltdown Comics                   Los Angeles, CA
Wed, Mar 23rd      Green Apple Books                 San Francisco, CA
Tues, Mar 29th      University of Chicago             Chicago, IL
Wed, Mar 30th      Quimby’s                                 Chicago, IL
Thur, Mar 31st      Magers & Quinn                      Minneapolis, MN