I am very excited to bring you an interview with Aaron Gillespie. Aaron is most known for his work with The Bionic Man. As a long time Purgatori fan he is excited to get the chance to write her new on-going series published by Dynamite Entertainment comics.
It is very exciting to see a Purgatori ongoing title back on the shelves. Does it feel surreal writing such a popular CHAOS! Character?
AG: Writing a character I read as a teenager does feel weird. Purgatori was my favorite character from the Chaos line which does make it feel a little surreal. If Adult Me could go back in time and tell Teenage Me that I’d be writing Purgatori, I never would have believed it.
Your intention of having Purgatori fall so low is to humanize her and make her more relatable to the audience, but is the separation of Purgatori’s demonic persona long term?
AG: Well if I told you that would be spoiling, wouldn’t it? 🙂
The purpose of this first storyarc is to get Purgatori back to status quo after the events in the Chaos miniseries that Tim wrote. Now, will that status quo be the same as it was before Purgatori was “killed” and sent to hell? You’ll have to wait to find out the answer to that. Regardless of where the vampire goddess is at the end of this arc, it’ll be a wild ride. I can tell you that much.
I was very excited to learn that Jade was returning. Do you plan on bringing in other blood daughters, whether old or new?
AG: I have some plans for Kabala, but nothing in the near future. Purgatori has been around for a long time, so it seems a given that she has other blood daughters floating around out there. Some may hate her, just like Jade and Kabala, while others may feel grateful for the gift of unlife. And some may have meant more to Purgatori than just a quick meal. The possibilities are endless and it’s been really fun coming up with new characters to fill out Purgatori’s world.
What are your romantic intentions for Purgatori down the line? Do you plan on giving her a love interest?
AG: I have an idea brewing, yes. I always like the complicated relationship between Purgatori and Satrina and would like to work something like that into the book. In my mind, Purgatori’s views on love were forever affected by her betrayal as a young woman. That’s always going to affect her relationships. It’s that guarded nature that makes Purgatori so interesting and it might be fun to see her start to let her guard down with someone.
I have heard Lucifer will appear here and there, what about Lady Hel? What is your opinion of the character?
AG: I think Tim did a fantastic job creating Lady Hel. I daresay he’s made a more interesting character than the one she replaced. Lady Hel will always be a thorn in Purgatori’s side and vise versa but she’s going to take a backseat for a little while.
I had a few questions about Purgatori’s revamped origin, such as the Fallen Angels and Queen Ostraca. I realize that I should just wait until the next arc, but is there anything you can say about it?
AG: Purgatori’s origin is basically intact. I’m hinting at it in this current storyarc, but her doomed relationship with Queen Ostraca is still there. Rath is still a major player. Things don’t really change until we get to the reason Purgatori looks like the vampire demoness we’ve come to know. Tim lays it out pretty well in the Chaos mini when we see Purgatori banished to Lady Hel’s prison. I won’t elaborate more than that because I plan on fleshing it all out in the pages of the book, but the origin is pretty close to the same as the original.
I’ve read instances where interviewers ask about a Vampirella crossover. Who would your ideal crossover(s) be with?
AG: Vampirella is way up there. It just seems like such a natural fit. And like I’ve said in other interviews, there is a precedent for it. I just hope I get to write it!
As for other Dynamite characters? I think there are some natural ways to get a Purgatori/Red Sonja crossover to happen.
What can we expect with the upcoming arcs?
AG: The next arc is going to be my version of The Vampire Myth. There will be a modern story pushing the arc, but we’ll get a retelling of Purgatori’s origin along the way. We’ll see what made her the woman she is today.
After that, I have a short arc planned that will bring a new adversary into Purgatori’s world. I can’t say much about it, but it will be a new person from Purgatori’s past.
Also, if things work out the way I’d like, events in Lady Demon could shape Purgatori’s world for a long time to come. As well as the rest of the Chaos universe. How’s that for a tease?
Thanks so much for this opportunity! I love the blog!
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