After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, reputed to be his wife, gave birth to a daughter, Sarah. From this child is descended the holy lineage of the Magdalena, a royal bloodline that passes great power and great honor from mother to daughter. For over 2000 years, the Knights of Malta have trained one special woman in each generation to be the Magdalena — the official warrior protector of the Catholic Church. Across the millennia, the Magdalenas have battled in secret, protecting humanity from the supernatural threats and evil that would tear our world apart.
I’m not a big fan of the whole Dan Brown/History Channel mythos (ancient Catholic secrets, Jesus’ kids, Knights of Whatever, etc.); I was pretty reluctant to give Magdalena a try. Thankfully, this comic turned out to be rather fun.
The art is pretty loose, almost to the point of impressionistic; it makes the demonic possessions nicely ooky while not detracting from the mundane moments. The writing is good, providing believable dialogue for the teen characters (which is especially tricky) and letting The Magdalena be a little more grandiose without coming off as stiff. The warlock character was fun, and I’d like to see what mischief he gets up to in the next few issues.
As to exactly what mischief he was perpetrating in these two issues, I couldn’t quite tell; the plot is a little murky. Luckily this comic is a fun, fast read, and so I could forgive a lack of tight plotting. Magdalena is what it is: a quasi-religious superhero tale about a kickass female character banishing demons. What more could you ask for?
Final Verdict: 3 out of 5.
Magdalena #1-2 can be found at Top Cow
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.