‘Chaos: Volume 1’ Comic Review
The Chaos Comics universe has, perhaps fittingly, become a reanimated property at Dynamite Comics. In 2014, Dynamite celebrated the 20th anniversary of the line by publishing this titular mini-series.
The vampire demigoddess, Sakarra aka Purgatory, is amassing power by collecting food, aka young humans, with a group known as The Chosen opposing her. During an attack on the Chosen by Sakarra’s personal assassin, Chastity, a vision alerts all of the parties that Evil Ernie will bring about the end of the world in his attempt to please a new player in the game, Hel. Both sides race to try and thwart Ernie, who actually believes he’s doing the right thing. Characters change sides, strange alliances are formed, and it all culminates in a throw down at a closed mental institution with the fate of every human on the planet on the line.
Tim Seeley plots out a fun story that gives every character a moment to shine. He finds a distinctive voice for everyone in the story. He especially excels at the big, demonic speeches and quick wit dialogue exchanges. This is helpful since this book has a pretty big cast of characters. For the most part, he paces the story pretty well throughout and finds both big moments to put in the issues as well as end each one on. That said, there are a few storylines I feel don’t get the same care as others. Specifically, the doctor, and his experiment that is taking place at the mental institution, doesn’t feel organically integrated into the rest of the story.
Mirka Andolfo draws this mini series. She provides a unique style which supplies an animated cartoon feel as well as frenetic action when the situation calls for it. She has a really good feel for staging and composition when it comes to her panel layouts, and like Seeley, finds a way to make every character pretty distinct in a book with a huge cast. There are a few instances where a lack of detail makes her art feel a little rushed but these are small, minor occurrences. My only real complaint here is that for a series which one would expect a lot of gore from, there isn’t really that much to be said about the gore. Sure, there’s a good, heaping helping of it, but it’s very tame and simply drawn, and on more than one occasion suffers from the rushed, lack of detail problem I mentioned earlier. Maybe it’s just personal preference, but I guess I was hoping the gore would be gorier.
This collection is a nice way to introduce readers to the new status quo of the Dynamite version of the Chaos Comics universe. Tim Seeley writes a series that starts small but builds to something epic in a mostly organic way while Mirka Andolfo illustrates it with a style that sells the both the characters and action.