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Magdalena #3 – Review

There continues to be pacing issues with this series which doesn’t make sense with such a simple story line. The basic plot is that the anti-Christ has come to earth and to prevent the rapture and everything biblical; the Magdalena (aptly named Patience) must kill him. Here we are three issues deep and the characters can’t seem to figure this much out. Patience and her male suitor are running around chasing week old leads while demons that have possessed human hosts are given almost the entire issues dialog.

The issue begins with the very, very “original” story element of Kristoff pretending to be a lost traveller that wanders up to a huge house in middle of nowhere. Of course they don’t except visitors but the lady of the house - - A human possessed by a demon shown in the last issue - - invites him in and tries to seduce him. They exchange far too much dialog considering they both know what the other is and just as it’s about to get nasty Patience enters the room and announces that the cult has cleared out.

Magdalena #3 Cover
The demon says screw it and shows it’s true form then tries to kill both Patience and Kristoff. The demon is quickly split in half giving Patience the confidence that she’s defeated yet another demon under five minutes. Oh wait! The demon is still alive and now it’s kicking ass in two halves! Patience has to bleed a little - - again - - but ultimately defeats the demon by kicking it into the fireplace. She and Kristoff turn their attention to the one and only goon left at the house and he quickly spills the beans on everything he knows of the cults operation. Which isn’t much, but it’s enough to guarantee that the two end up conveniently in the cult’s location.

The problem with this book is that it has a lot of elements that are very cool and interesting, but they are never capitalized on. Yes, the last blood line of Christ thing is overplayed at this point. But making them all women and warriors of the church is an awesome idea. All the ground work is there but the story is so slow that when Ron Marz - - the writer - - checks in with the anti-Christ you’ll probably forget that they’re the villain of the story. In fact other than turning a willing human host into a demon, the thing the anti-Christ has done is bore the reader. Marz should have taken a page out of every successful TV drama and movie and start off with a small villain that is the puppet for a larger villain. Instead they choose to take on the anti-Christ first… not a lot of places to go with that. Really the “issue” of the storyline seems to be if Patience will kill a little boy or not.

Overall Score - 5.7/10 




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