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Review: Lady Demon #3

LadyDemon03-Cov-A-ChinOf the two Chaos imprint releases so far for Dynamite, Lady Demon was met with the lesser fanfare than Purgatori.  The character was a lesser known one going back to the Bad Girl era of the 1990s, but as Purgatori stumbled into its release, Lady Demon has provided a tight story throughout.  There are a couple of reasons for that, but they mostly come down to one commonality, a more focused story line.  Thus while Purgatori was all over Earth and into Hell to tell her story, Lady Demon has focused instead on the role of Violet in her small town and the satanic cult which has been present but unseen for some time.

This third issue of four develops some of the back story, made easier by the appearance of her mother at the end of the previous issue.  It turns this issue into a half and half mix of Violet’s background story combined with an assault on the cult by her and her mother.  As her back story is revealed, it becomes evident that Violet has been a part of this plot for longer than she could have known and that the people in her life were not as they seemed.

It is a simple story in a sense, but the simplicity is what makes this work.  Violet is an approachable character, easy to sympathize with but also written to be tough and able to direct her own fate, and her surrounding characters do not demand attention from her.  Even compared to her alter ego of Lady Demon, Violet mostly steals the show here.  It is still not a great comic, and the lack of quality of the Bad Girl era is still here, but it is nice to see in the Chaos reboot that a strong solid story can be told with a strong character as the lead.

Story: Aaron Gillespie Art: Mirka Andolfo
Story: 8.2  Art: 8.2  Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Chaos Vol. 1

Chaos Vol. 1

Tim Seeley (w)
Mirka Andolfo (a)
J. Scott Campbell (c)
FC • 152+ pages • $19.99 • Teen+

The horror “heroes” of Chaos! Comics are back! The undead Evil Ernie, goddess Purgatori, vampire Chastity, and a supernatural band of misfits known as The Omen have individually witnessed visions of the world’s impending doom, and rush headlong into conflict. Some try desperately to avert the holocaust, out of altruism or self-interest, while others just want to raise some hell. So begins the return of the Chaos! universe on an epic scale, the resurrection of fan-favorite boogeymen and femme fatales amidst a violent, apocalyptic upheaval!

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Review: Lady Demon #2

LadyDemon02-Cov-A-ChinWith only one series ahead of it in the Chaos imprint at Dynamite, the precedent was set for Lady Demon to be a bit of a misfire, that is if Purgatori was to be any indication.  Instead of falling into a completely formulaic pattern, the first issue of Lady Demon proved that there was a bit more ground to cover in the supernatural bad girl club.  Instead of focusing on female characters that are inherently dark, instead it focused on country girl Violet, and unwitting pawn in a supernatural battle which she was drawn into only by circumstance.  The first issue dealt with the unexpected condition which she was left in, after being murdered for apparently no reason, she came back to life, only with someone else attached to her, the titular demon, looking for a mortal vessel to use for her own purposes, now a mixture of light and dark.

The second issue doesn’t lose any of the momentum of the first issue and instead expands upon it.  While the murderers in the first issue were set up potentially as throwaway characters, here there is shown to be more depth to to the conspiracy which took the lives of Violet, her boyfriend and her father.  This ties back into the unseen supernatural aspect of the story, as her foes are shown to be somewhat normal looking people, only that they have a darker connection to the occult.  As they come looking for her, they discover that there is a lot more to her than what they bargained for.

The “two into one” concept for a character is one which is not often shown in comics.  As opposed to a true Jekyll and Hyde persona where the two are still the same person (like the Hulk) the character here is one of competing influences of temptation versus innocence, and it makes Violet more compelling than the average supernatural hero.  The first issue was a novel re-introduction for the character, but the second issue managed to build on that and expand the overall narrative in an interesting way.  If Lady Demon is to be the level of quality for the Chaos imprint, then maybe Dynamite made the right decision to pursue these characters after all.

Story: Aaron Gillespie Art: Mirka Andolfo
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Lady Demon #1

LadyDemon01-Cov-A-ChinLady Demon is the second of the Chaos Imprint titles to come to Dynamite.  The Chaos imprint is one which is based in the “Bad Girl” trend of the 1990s that gave rise to notable other characters, most of them female and most of them with some kind of supernatural power.  As this is the second title to come out under this guise, the first being Purgatori also written by Aaron Gillespie, it might be tempting to regard them as similar titles and to disregard this one as just a copycat to the previous.  While there are some similarities, ignoring this series for those reason would be a mistake.  While Purgatori has struggled to find its direction, this series hits the ground running.

Simple country girl Violet awakes by a country creek with her boyfriend to find out that something is wrong, namely that her boyfriend has been murdered violently right beside her where she slept.  As she soon learns it was not only him that dies but also that she died as well.  Her soul was drawn to Hell, not because of her having been evil, but because the titular character Lady Demon needed a vessel in which to hide.  What transpires is some revenge for Violet while Lady Demon gets to be herself.  While the underlying theme is not new, the gestalt living of two characters together in one body kind of is (similar to most versions of DC Comics’ Firestorm).  With Violet still in control of her body, but also not hesitant to let Lady Demon out, she becomes a force for good with a lot of evil in the mix.

The composite of the two characters together makes for a compelling story and concept.  While it’s not immediately evident where Violet with Lady Demon in tow is headed, it is also not entirely clear if Violet will end up on the side of the angels after all.  Although there is the habitual amount of gore in this series, it also is not overdone, and while there is also a heaping amount of violence, it too feels at place within this genre.  The issue leaves off with a good deal of momentum for the following issue.  This is not a great comic and probably never will be, but to whatever end it gets to, it looks like there is to be a fun reading experience along the way.

Story: Aaron Gillespie Art: Mirka Andolfo
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

Preview: Chaos #6

Chaos #6

Tim Seeley (w)
Mirka Andolfo (a)
Emanuela Lupacchino, Tim Seeley, Nei Ruffino (c)
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The final issue of the epic Chaos event, redefining Evil Ernie, Chastity, Purgatori, the Chosen, and the greatest horror comic universe of all time! A wave of suicide engulfs the United States. The conflicting forces of the Chaos Universe arrive at the Fairview Mental Institution to determine the fate of the world. Is it a new beginning or a new Armageddon?

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Preview: Chaos #5

CHAOS #5

Tim Seeley (w)
Mirka Andolfo (a)
Emanuela Lupacchino, Tim Seeley, Nei Ruffino (c)
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The secret origin of Purgatori revealed as the Chosen kids make their way to The Clearview Mental Institution to confront Dr. Price, Chastity and Evil Ernie before they can unleash a wave of mutilation! There’s still time to pick up one of the most horrific comic books out there!

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Preview: Chaos #4 (of 6)

CHAOS #4 (of 6)

Tim Seeley (w)
Mirka Andolfo (a)
Emanuela Lupacchino, Tim Seeley, Nei Ruffino (c)
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A war for the fate of the world has erupted between Mistress Hel, and the vampire queen, Purgatori! The vampire-assassin, Chastity has a new target—homicidal super-zombie, Evil Ernie!  It’s a brutal, take-no-prisoners brawl between Chaos!’s favorite undead deathdealers, as reality takes one step closer to total Choas!

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Preview: Chaos #3 (of 6)

CHAOS #3 (of 6)

Tim Seeley (w)
Mirka Andolfo (a)
Emanuela Lupacchino, Tim Seeley, Nei Ruffino (c)
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While the Chosen are under siege by zombie biker gang, Homicide and the Dead Onez, Evil Ernie makes his way to St. Louis in search of a man who may the key to Armageddon!

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Preview: Chaos #2 (of 6)

CHAOS #2 (of 6)

Tim Seeley (w)
Mirka Andolfo (a)
Emanuela Lupacchino, Tim Seeley, Nei Ruffino (c)
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The hunt is on as the Chosen kids raise the dead in the search for Evil Ernie. Chastity revolts against Purgatori, leading to a vampire catfight to end all vampire catfights.

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Preview: Chaos #1 (of 6)

CHAOS #1 (of 6)

Tim Seeley (w)
Mirka Andolfo (a)
J. Scott Campbell, Tim Seeley, Emanuela Lupacchino (c)
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Celebrate Chaos! 20th anniversary and Dynamite Entertainment’s 10th anniversary in 2014! The horror-heroes of the Chaos! Universe return in an epic event! A shared vision of the Apocalypse sets the blood goddess Purgatori, the supernatural serial killer Evil Ernie, the vampire assassin Chastity and the outcast teen heroes of the team known as The Chosen on a collision path with each other! As claws, blood and blades fly, only one outcome is assured: Total CHAOS!

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