Dynamite Resurrects Chaos! Comics for New Horror Epic

The 1990s horror line is revived for what is being described as "an epic event" to celebrate multiple anniversaries.
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The latest project announced by Dynamite Entertainment as part of its 10th birthday plans turns out to be a dual celebration, with the publisher reviving the Chaos! line of characters 20 years after that franchise was originally created.

Founded in 1994 by Brian Pulido and Steven Hughes as a home for their Evil Ernie character -- a serial killer whose first series had been published by Eternity Comics -- Chaos! quickly built out its fictional universe with a series of supernatural horror characters including Lady Death, Purgatori and Chastity, many of whom played into the "bad girl" craze of 1990s comics.

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Chaos! filed for bankruptcy in 2002, with Pulido taking the rights to the Lady Death character first to CrossGen Comics and then, following that company folding, to Avatar Press. The remaining Chaos! library was purchased in 2010 by Dynamite, which tested the water for a revival with last year's Evil Ernie miniseries.

Now, the publisher plans to bring back the entire Chaos! family in a series called, appropriately, Chaos!. Describing the series as "an epic event," the solicitation for the first issue reads, "A shared vision of the Apocalypse sets the blood goddess Purgatori, the supernatural serial killer Evil Ernie, the vampire assassin Chastity and the outcast teen heroes of the team known as The Chosen on a collision path with each other! As claws, blood and blades fly, only one outcome is assured: Total CHAOS!"

Chaos! #1, featuring a cover by J. Scott Campbell, will be released in comic stores and digitally this May.