Magdalena Vol. 4 #1

Ini Howard & Ryan Cady (writers), Christian DiBari (artist), Mike Spicer (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterist)

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.

The Magdalena has the ability to see into the human heart, to show people the error of their ways and give them the choice to repent their sins. Apart from the powers she is born with, the Magdalena wields the Spear of Destiny, the spear that pierced the side of Christ, as a formidable holy weapon against the twisted and the evil.

Since the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church has been the Magdalena’s patron, raising each young girl from childhood and training her until she is ready to take hold of her destiny. It is a secretive and mystical council of cardinals known as the Inquisition, however, that oversees the Magdalena’s activities and chooses her missions. Keeping all records, such as the Annals of the Magdalena, a secret only to be studied by the wisest scholars, the Inquisition has erased man’s knowledge of the Magdalena from history.

Unknown but not forgotten, each successive Magdalena is directly aided by the Sisters of the Order of Magdalene and the Knights of Malta. Until she dies performing the duties of the Magdalena, each ascendant to the title stands alone and takes arms against the evils of the world. But evil is widespread and not all things are as they seem. It is a dark time for the Magdalena when even those who employ her seek to destroy her and her blessed legacy. (from Top Cow’s website)

This book is a refreshing take on the demon hunter trope. Usually with demon hunter books, we have a bunch of white men posturing and yelling all over the place. In this title, we get not only one female lead, but two – and one is a woman of color!

This book introduces us to Patience, the Magdalena who is now meant to search for her successor. She finds her successor in Maya, a teenage goth girl with a lack of faith. The book can seem a little preachy because of the distinctly religious tone (the blood of Christ and Mary Magdalene staving off the threat of demons from Hell), but despite that, it’s well-written. There are times that one of the fonts is a little hard to read, which annoyed me, but I found this book refreshing.

There’s a lot of violence, but that’s to be expected in a supernatural book like this. The women aren’t overly sexualized at all, which I appreciated. The characters have distinct voices and are easy to tell apart. The art is dynamic and expressive.

I would recommend this title to supernatural fans and urban fantasy fans. I’m interested to see where this story goes and how the characters grow, as well as to see if the villains have any motivation outside of “I’m a demon and therefore evil.”

4 out of 5 stars.

You can find more about this title, including how to order it, here.

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.

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