When Dynamite Entertainment announced this female driven series I thought it was the best thing to ever happen. I was sorely disappointed. While the overall event was good it felt like a lot of build up and fell flat in the end. When I think of how Purgatori’s character was portrayed I just end up feeling sorry she existed in this mini series to begin with. The main Swords of Sorrow series written by Gail Simone made Purgatori out to be a basic villain. It seemed like no previous source material was read because the character was completely off base…even leading Purgatori to have intercourse with the main male villain. She has done a lot of things for power but sex is not an action to just use on a whim…unless it was with a female. Even when she was about to have sex with Lucifer for power in her cannon she bit him before they could fully initiate the action.
After some thought I got over the thought of her having sex with a man in hopes there would be a redemption in the end…even a mention of her disgust for him. In the end she just fled and all the readers introduced to Purgatori learned that she was nothing more than how she was portrayed. I was heartbroken and angered. To have Purgatori debased this way…it is an absolutely slap to the Blood Goddess.
On the other hand I was happy with the one shot called Swords of Sorrow: Pantha & Jane Porter Special written by Emma Beeby – you go girl. That is a highly recommended read that portrayed Purgatori exactly how I would imagine. I was most impressed with the dynamic she gave Pantha and Sakkara, that was a pleasant surprise. I recommend everyone read this special even if you do not read the event. I absolutely adore it! Even her appearance in the Swords of Sorrow: Chaos! Prequel written by Mairghread Scott did a good job.
Chaos (2014) Issue #2 B&W Variant
Chaos (2014) Issue #6 B&W Variant
Chaos (2014) Issue #6 B&W Variant
As with every new title released under a publisher, sales typically decrease as the series goes on. The trend of rebooting series is a marketing ploy so that the sales can increase with each new #1 produced. Unfortunately, the comic publisher Dynamite Entertainment never quite hit the sales mark hoped once they released their wave of titles for the Chaos! Comics characters. There was hope after the first wave that another one would be produced but no such luck. Evil Ernie just recieved his third series from Dynamite this past year but he has been the only one. It also does not help that Tim Seeley is signed exclusive to another publisher. Who is there now to helm the world of Chaos!?…it is sad that these characters keep appearing forgotten by their latest publishers.
Purgatori’s mini series ended two years ago with no continuation. I was constantly looking for a new series but all I recieved was brief appearances in events such as Swords of Sorrow (laugh) and Alice Cooper vs. Chaos!. At this point I am done waiting and just feel anger. If Dynamite does not wish to use these characters then they should at least give them to a publisher that does. Keeping fans waiting this long is ridiculous…they would never wait that long for a character like Vampirella. Vampirella has a large fan base, which comes from her not only being an iconic character but having a large publication history. If you do not produce any new comics than people loose interest.
Dynmaite must be hestitant to put out more Chaos! because of sales, which I had mentioned was lower than expected. Honestly though the Chaos! characters are iconic it is also important to note that Chaos! Fiends have an extreme loyalty to the creator of these characters – Brian Pulido. Without him in the mix Dynamite has to rebuild these characters on their own without the Pulido Fan Base. Sure there are some that transition over but it is not without guilt. Fiends believe that by reading Dynamite material that they are beytraying Pulido and the foundation of his characters.
Honestly at this point I think Dynamite is better selling these characters off. I can only hope that Brian Pulido will be the one to pick them up if this ever happens. If that were to happen than I strongly believe that sales would be fantastic. What Dynamite really lacks is Brian’s charisma and marketing that he has in place. He has a passion for what he is publishing, lets the world know it and creates an excitement for any new material. I had a lot of hope for this publisher but the truth is that Pulido is the soul behind Chaos!.
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Mike Deodato, Jr.
“I have never been defiled by man. Let alone impregnated with his seed!”
One of the things that have always defined Purgatori was her rise to power. Everything she has done has been to gain power, no matter the price. This is a common theme in her stories and something that seems to follow her wherever she goes. This is a perfect arc to showcase her ascension, properly titled “Goddess Rising.” The art by Mike Deodato, Jr. is stunning and appropriate in regards to portraying the Goddesses new image.
The arc begins in July 99′ in the aftermath of the 7-issue Purgatori Monthly series. Purgatori is once again working with Satrina, this time they take down the vatican vampires and steal their treasures. Through visions summoned by blood alchemy, Purgatori see’s into her future, which reveals that Satrina wishes to kill her. Satrina summons a monster to do this but he refuses to be controlled and attempts to harm her, in fear Satrina runs into Purgatori’s arms only to have her heart ripped out by the Blood Goddess. The creatures reveals himself to be Gorge, Purgatori’s blood son. He claims to help her seek knowledge in her quest for ascension. The Goddess now believes Rath was working with Satrina all along and attacks. She rips out Rubicante’s, Rath’s brother, spine. It is revealed that Rath has not betrayed Purgatori but wants to see her ascension into Godhood. The Goddess visits a world with the finest warriors from across the universe and turns them into her blood warriors willingly. They go after Asgard first and defeat all the Asgardians, she now wields the Odin power as her own. Purgatori keeps one of the valkyries, Lady Death’s half sister Vulvania, as her concubine and warrior. Finally Gorge betrays her in an attempt to steal her power but she bests him with ease and heads off with her warrior army.
Issue #1 Premium Ltd. to 5,000
Issue #1 Dynamic Forces Ltd. to 3,000
Issue #1 Jewelled Ltd. to 25
Smiley The Psychotic Button (July, 1998)
Writer: Jesse Leon McCann
Artist: Ivan Reis
In one part of this issue Smiley is dreaming about a place called Castle Smiley in which he is the ruler over all men and women. He is Knight-King and some of the women, fawning and praising over him, include Purgatori, Chastity, and Lady Demon.
Here is a reading order list for Chastity Marks. Enjoy!
- Evil Ernie: Straight To Hell #1-4
- Chastity: Theatre of Pain #1-3
- Evil Ernie: Destroyer #1-3, 5-9
- Evil Ernie Monthly #1-3, 5
- Chastity: Rocked #1-4
- Chastity: Lust For Life #1-3
- Armageddon #1-4
- Aftermath #1
- Purgatori vs. Vampirella #1
- Purgatori vs. Chastity #1
- Chastity: Reign of Terror #1
- Untold Tales of Chastity #1
- Chastity #1/2
- Chastity: Love Bites #1
- Chastity: Shattered #1-3
- Bad Kitty: Reloaded #1-4
- Lady Death/Chastity #1
- Chastity: Heartbreaker #1
- Lady Death: The Gauntlet #1-2
- Chastity: Crazytown #1-3
- Lady Death/Chastity/Bad Kitty: United #1
- Chastity: Re-imagined #1
- Dark Alliance #1-3
- Chaos! #1-6
- Chastity #1-6
- Swords of Sorrow #1
- Swords of Sorrow: Chaos! Prequel
- Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood
- Alice Cooper vs. Chaos #1-5
This list will be updated with new character appearances.