I was such a fan of the first issue of Chastity (my review of the first issue can be found here: Chastity #1 – These Vampires Don’t Sparkle…) that I had to check out the second issue. When we last saw Chastity Marks, her world had just been turned upside down when the queen of vampire fiction, Alyce Stonecliff, turned out to be a vampire and seemingly took out the entire Marks family. Chastity herself was split nearly in two by Alyce’s attack, and things were not looking good for the teen.
Chastity #2 shows Chas’s path back from death; apparently saved by a team of surgeons and a lot of blood transfusions, she flees the hospital to get back home and find out what has happened to her family. Let’s just say it’s not good. Also in this issue we’re introduced to Alyce’s self-proclaimed “last ally,” a vampire who has ties to a mysterious “Council” that he threatens Alyce with. Her attack on the Marks family has made headlines, and he wants to keep her in line so she doesn’t expose vampires to the larger world. Alyce is not impressed with his threats or with the Council, but assures him that Chastity will be dealt with.
I’ll leave it there, as I don’t want to spoil too much, but I will tell you that the last page is a really nice twist. I also like that Chas doesn’t seem to realize what’s going on with her miraculous recovery. The surgeons attribute her recovery to her being a fighter and rather than remember what typically happens to survivors of vampire attacks in the books she’s such a fan of, Chas doesn’t question it. Put like that, it seems a little naive, but in the context of the comic it’s completely believable and is a nice twist on the typical vampire narrative we’ve all seen a million times. Both the art and the storyline are great, and Chastity #2 is holding its own. I’ve got high hopes for the rest of the series. 4 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Dave Acosta
Colorist: Thiago Ribeiro
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Main Cover: Emanuela Lupacchino & Ivan Nunes
Publisher: Chaos! Dynamite
Release Date: 8/6/14