Ahead of its publication in April there has been plenty of news over the past few days about Magdalena from Top Cow.
The star of the forthcoming feature film gets her own series!
The Magdalena has been the official protector and warrior of the Catholic Church for over two thousand years, sworn to defend the Faith with the Spear of Destiny against all manner of supernatural threats. However, Patience, the latest Magdalena, has seen through the hypocrisy of her masters and struck out on her own. When her old mentor comes to her with a mission to prevent Armageddon, will she be able to resist the call?
So, in no particular order ...
Over at Newsarama we were treated to a first look at the previously unannounced 1-in-50 Retailer Incentive cover by Ryan Sook for the first issue of the new ongoing series due at the end of April.
Also posted at Newsarama was an interesting, and lengthy, interview by Lan Pitts, who's writing I always enjoy, with Ryan Sook, Ron Marz and legendary artist Walter Simonson, whose classic cover to Thor #337 played an important role in the development of the Magdalena #1 cover (both of the covers are reproduced at the top of this post).
Onto Comic Book Resources who late last week revealed a number of (unlettered) interior artwork pages, by Magdalena artist Nelson Blake II, taken from the first issue.
And finally, for now at least, following a recent visit to Top Cow Productions, Comics Continuum posted a short video featuring Nelson Blake II, during which he talked about the book and the approach he has taken to his art with 'really fun explosive action'.
As well as posting the video, Comics Continuum published a page of Blake's interior art along with Ryan Sook's striking variant cover for issue #2.
I've been a fan of The Magdalena for a while and I'm really looking forward to picking up the book - published by Top Cow, written by Ron Marz and with some great-looking cover and interior artwork it's unlikely to disappoint!
Written by Ron Marz, art by Nelson Blake II, Sal Regla, and Dave McCaig with covers from Ryan Sook
Published by Top Cow Productions on 28 April 2010, 32 pages, full colour, $3.99