I was happily reading Red Sonja a couple of weeks ago, when I noticed a Chaos! ad. Being a Chaos! reader back in the ’90s, this pleased me. While Chaos! Comics’ flagship character, Lady Death, is being put out by Eternity Comics now, Dynamite has secured other popular characters – they’ve been putting Evil Ernie comics out for a while, and now, we’ll be getting Chastity (and it looks like Purgatori may follow). Let me go pull my Chastity books from the longbox; in the meantime, here’s the word straight from Dynamite:
Following hot on the heels of Dynamite’s Chaos! series relaunch with Tim Seeley, Dynamite is proud to announce another great Chaos! character return – she’s reimagined and ready for blood! Join fan-favorite scribe Marc Andreyko (Batwoman, Torso, Manhunter) and artist Dave Acosta for the blood-curdling adventures of a girl who is most definitely NOT your father’s vampire! Chastity #1 will be released by Dynamite this July, featuring covers by Emanuela Lupacchino and Tim Seeley, as well as a shared retailer cover by José Luis!
In Chastity #1, in the 1980’s, after a career-ending injury shatters her (and, really, her mother’s) Olympic dreams, 17-year-old Chastity Marks finds an escape in a popular series of vampire novels… but little does she know that the novels conceal a secret underworld of blood, agony, and death- a world that she will be dragged into kicking and screaming.
“Chastity has been a blast to write and update for the post-Twilight, romantic, warm fuzzy view of bloodsuckers,” says Chastity writer Marc Andreyko, “As Chas and the readers will soon discover: be careful what you wish for. Her adventures will uncover the true faces of supernatural evil as she tries to find a world, any world, in which she belongs.”
“Marc has taken the current conventions of vampires and vampire fiction and spun them into a new backstory for Chastity in a way that is a perfect and seamless blend of the old and new.” – Joseph Rybandt, Dynamite Senior Editor
“We have been very deliberate when putting together the creative teams for the Chaos! books, as we build this beloved universe,” says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. “With so many acclaimed books under Marc Andreyko’s belt such as Batwoman and Manhunter, he is the perfect choice to spearhead Chastity’s ongoing series!”
Marc Andreyko is a comic book and screenwriter, known for his work on books such Manhunter for DC Comics and Torso, a creator-owned true crime series he has co-written with Brian Michael Bendis. Marc currently writes Batwoman for DC Comics.
Chastity #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on July 9, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Chastity #1 with their local comic book retailers. Chastity #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
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