Top Cow Productions/Image Comics 2017
Written by Tini Howard & Ryan Cady
Illustrated by Christian DiBari
Coloured by Mike Spicer
Lettered by Troy Peteri
Maya Dos Santos--Enthusiastic but foolhardy-- in her first battle she accidentally frees the demon Beelzebub--who was summoned by Weyer Blackwood, Anaheim’s resident wannabe Crowley and Master of Black Magick. Of course like Maya, Weyer and his demons are just getting started.
Alright so i’ve expressed my concern about the actual transition from Patience to Maya as the Magdalena. I mean c’mon intellectually we all know there’s a long line of them, like Buffy, but we like the one we know and change is unsettling for some odd reason. I guess once we get invested in a character we don’t want to see them leave. I’m totally guilty of that as well and what Tini and Ryan are doing here really is good stuff and i’m totally behind it, I just don’t want to lose Patience.
Over the years in comics we’ve seen some of the ways that training goes and I have to say it’s nice to see Patience taking such a hands on approach. Also that Maya is actually reading the material and paying attention to the history of the Magdalena. The guys could’ve wasted time showing us how long it took Maya to come to terms with her new reality but instead we get the opposite, we dive right into training and her ambition to be the best she can be. Also I do like that we see her learning, growing and evolving as all this goes on. Point in case is that Patience’s wound isn’t healing and bringing up why.
I like the intelligence behind the story and how it comes across. This isn’t typical hey your the next in line let’s go there’s a lot more going on than that. With Patience her lack of faith and losing everything she’s ever known while Maya sees this and accepts her new destiny to replace her. The way they have been introduced to this is so drastically different and those shine in these pages. While I wouldn’t have been the least bit upset to see the entire issue devoted to this, including that diner scene with Shilpa. Then add in to this the whole thing with Meyer and possibly Beelzebub and wow this is more than a complete issue full of action and story.
While The Magdalena has always been something of a sex goddess in her own right it’s nice to see this story take a decidedly different approach visually. It’s much more stylised instead of blatant and the outfit Maya comes up with is superbly reserved! I like her sensibility when it comes to fighting fashion. The use of page layouts through their angles, perspective and even backgrounds help tell a complete story that matches the words nicely.
If this ends up being the story that truly passes the mantle onto the new Magdalena it’s certainly being done the right way. Giving the reader the perfect opportunity to enjoy the comradery and friendship of both women and see how and why the title must be passed. Also this isn’t the end for Patience there’s always room for stories where she’s concerned to be told at point in time people desire so Viva La Magdalena!