The Mag­dalena

Comic Heroes - - Comics We Rate - Will Sal­mon

This revival of a char­ac­ter from ’90s hor­ror comic The Dark­ness plays out like a more re­li­gious take on Buffy.

Pa­tience is the Mag­dalena – the lat­est in a lineage of de­mon-bat­tling nuns. But af­ter fight­ing the forces of evil for cen­turies, her time is nearly up. En­ter Maya, a teenage girl who may just be her re­place­ment – if she can sur­vive long enough.

See­ing things through Maya’s eyes is a sen­si­ble ap­proach – it’s very easy for new­bies to jump on board with this okay opener. The book crams in a lot of setup, but man­ages to do so in an en­ter­tain­ing fash­ion – even if Di Bari’s scrappy art and the murky colours don’t mark it out as the most visu­ally ap­peal­ing book.

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