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Magdalena #1 -- a happy place

One of the things I've liked about the Top Cow 'verse is that there are some good, empowered female characters, and there are two warriors who can only be women: she who wields the Sword of Zion (aka The Witchblade) and the line of women descended from Christ, the Magdalena.

And yeah this whole, when one Magdalena falls, the next is called is very BtVS, and the whole sacred bloodline of Christ is very Vatican conspiracy-esque, but 100% screaming orginality isn't always necessary to produce something that's an entertaining read.

What I didn't enjoy about a lot of the women warriors in the TC'verse was that for all that they were awesome and kicked ass, there was a lot of gratuitous T&A in them.

Magdalena #1 is a reboot of the previous series, and a lot has changed.

Here's the cover with art by Ryan Sook

No bare midriff, no "presenting like a mandrill", just the body suit with spauldrons, vambraces, and greaves designed by series artist Nelson Blake, and action pose.


Here's a panel from the interior of the book, with art by Nelson. This is the "sexiest" panel of that fight scene.

Again, I note the lack of bare midriff and the suit that's entirely practical for staff/spear fighting.


You'd think a scene set on the beach would feature at least one big panel of Patience in a teeny weeny bikini adopting a hoochie-mama pose.

You'd be wrong.


Patience goes on a dinner date ... okay, more of a business meeting. And there's no slinky V-neck-down-to-navel, huge slit-up-the-side dress.

In addition to that being something most women would wear on a business casual meeting, I note that beneath her top, her breasts hang like, y'know, actual breasts.

The story, by Ron Marz is solid (but not spectacular), and the art is handled by a man who doesn't feel the need to throw in T&A to keep his own, or the reader's interest.

I call it a win.

Now shake the change out of your couch and buy an issue so that Top Cow will keep making a comic like this.


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Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
...and you know what? In all of this, Patience is still very very sexy. I like her readily-conveyed confidence and capability. For me, she's even sexier because she's practical and a hella more like a real woman, not a fantasy.

I hope that the good sense for treating Magdalena like a human being extends to the story lines as well.

Thanks for pointing this out-- I had avoided both of these books for the very reasons you mentioned growing up.
Apr. 22nd, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, actual breasts instead of, you know, bazooka shells! LOL
Apr. 23rd, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Time to go check out our local comic store. (No, we haven't done it yet. *hangs head*)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
I really liked Magdalena as a kid.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
The interesting thing is that she looks so much sexier like this--more real, more actual female there--than the hootchie mama pose would. It's like the exaggerated version is far less interesting because the stereotypes have keeeled it, not just less real and less convincing. The other intriguing thing is that in that last pic, she looks so much more *dangerous*, as if she could decide against you, she's more threatening looking--and perversely, that makes her look much hawter to me. Higher status, perhaps?
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