The reboot of Magdalena has a wounded Patience (the Bearer of the Spear of Destiny) needing to find and train a replacement. Now, the newest incarnation of The Magdalena is more crucial than ever in the fight against evil. In this faithless age, demons have become more numerous and powerful and they need to be stopped. In Anaheim, California hope lies with a young girl, Maya Dos Santos, a lapsed Catholic and would be Goth who is drawn into the fight by a possessed wannabe boyfriend.
This first episode does well to set up the initial conflicts: Patience’s failures and desperation, Maya’s naiveté and inherent bravery and the ensuing doom poised to engulf them all. Howard and Cady provide the necessary backstory without overdoing it and place the limited action efficiently and with appropriate peril and suspense. Nothing too bad happens yet, but we see enough of a glimpse to know that things will get much, much worse.
DiBari and Spicer team up to provide scenes of chaos and the mundane rendered muddled and acute and light and dark as required. They effectively and wordlessly set the mood and add to the emotional impact of the entire story.
There’s no shortage of comics about demonic possession these days, but this one is a clever addition and worth checking out. Nicely done with a promise of better to come.