Magdalena #1 -- a happy place
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.