Swords of VERY Sorrow

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.

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Dynamite Never Went Off

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!.

 

 

Purgatori: Goddess Rising

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.”SCAN0533 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.

Smiley The Psychotic Button

Smiley The Psychotic Button (July, 1998)

Writer: Jesse Leon McCann

Artist: Ivan Reis

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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.

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Purgatori Monthly

“I can halt the coursing blood within an enemy’s veins! Blind him by pooling his fluid in his eyes! Make her spurt a cloud of vital life! Or summon his exploding heart into my hands! Vengeance and ascension are not mutually exclusive!”

This 7 issue monthly series that began in October 98′ is written by David Quinn with stunning art by Al Rio. This series picks with Purgatori inSCAN0199 New York where she finds a plethora of fallen angels, some allies and others enemy’s. Through her allies, The Fallen, she finds out about her prophecy of ascension. Upon returning back to business in the guise of Sakkara she encounters her ex-paramour, Satrina. They become lovers once more but Satrina betrays her by hiring a vampire assassin named Karmilla to kill her. Karmilla is only going after someone as threatening as Purgatori because her children have been abducted and she seeks to save them by completing Satrina’s task. Purgatori defeats SCAN0299Karmilla and sends her to hell. Next she seeks out Jade and in her quest runs into Dracula who promises to help Purgatori attain the Chalice of Regeneration from Jade. They complete their quest but Dracula betrays Purgatori and tries to steal the Chalice for himself. Dracula hopes to win the war among the vampire clans and rule all. Purgatori defeats Dracula and learns that he is already dying, his blood has been poisoned by the modern vampire’s experiment to kill him. Dracula hopes to take Purgatori down with him but she bests him and rips out his heart and fangs. By wearing his fangs on a necklace she now controls his vampiric allies and all his earthly powers.

Artist Spotlight – Alex Horley!

The Purgatori of Devil’s Due had a lot of great things going for it. If they kept the personality of Purgatori, then maybe it would have survived. The writing itself was phenomenal and the art beautiful – particularly the gorgeous cover art of Alex Horley. His work blows me away and I adore the way he illustrates the Blood Goddess. I wanted to make a post showcasing his art for the series, because lets face it, the world should praise his talent. I have included some pencil sketches that Alex has posted on his website, which you can find here. I have also included completed covers and even those unpublished for issues 7 and 8.

Here you will find links to the artists Facebook and Website.

Chastity Reading Order

Here is a reading order list for Chastity Marks. Enjoy!


CHAOS!

  • 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

Dynamite Entertainment

  • 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.