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 this guy--Weyer Blackwood, Anaheim’s resident wannabe Crowley and master of Black Magick. Maya’s training has gotten off to a rocky start, though, with local sorcerer Weyer Blackwood summoning demons to challenge the two at every turn…
I’m still enjoying this whole transition of power story. Granted we don’t know if Maya really will be the new Magdalena or if Patience will find her faith once again by the time it’s over and ya know what that’s okay. Either way i’m okay with what happens and there’s also a part of me that thinks perhaps Maya can be take over the mantle and Patience be her guide through it all. She could use an advisor and trainer until such a time that both or either one feels such a relationship is no longer necessary. There are a lot of options as to where this story can still be heading and we’re in issue three so it’s great that Tini and Ryan can generate this much story and this much interest in seeing it through to it’s current conclusion.
While Christian and Mike do some nice work on the interiors I do really miss the more detail oriented stuff. This boils down to personal preference because the work they do is nice and the way that perspective and angles are used throughout the page layouts are nicely done. I just wish there was tighter, more detailed work here instead of the more vague and early in your career looking work. I could just imagine what those demons would look liked decked out in that mad detail compared to impression they give off here. I can’t get away from the whole feeling vague looking at it sorry.
I do like the way this is being structured. Yes we go through a few days worth of fighting this issue and things move along fast until they get to a certain point and it stops so we can see the moment. It kind of has that effect where we see the training, we get the right impression and nothing of significance happens so we can gloss over without missing anything. We see enough thanks to the direction of the story and the artwork that it makes sense to move it along in the manner in which it was done.
So that we see the latest battle with Weyer changes the scope of things. It also seems to have captured the attention of others so that the shadows are being abandoned and the fight is out in the light. Something you don’t expect from Demons but then this whole issue is and isn’t behaviour i’ve come to expect from Demons. I like that too, the guys really do impress with how they are telling this. While some aspects are what we’ve come to expect others aren’t and the way they blend them well it’s why we keep coming back for more.
The story of the Magdalena is a complex and interesting look at faith, the women in the line and how they come to terms with what’s expected of them. Always changing, never stagnant and always fascinating.