Tuesday, May 9, 2023

#IReadsYou Review: PURGATORI Volume 2 #3


STORY: Ray Fawkes
ART: Álvaro Sarraseca
COLORS: Salvatore Aiala
LETTERS: Tom Napolitano
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Antonio Fuso
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Carlo Pagulayan; Russell Fox; Daniel Maine; Jamie Biggs; Alvaro Sarraseca; Nerdy Nereid (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2021)

Rated Teen+

Purgatori created by Brian Pulido and Steven Hughes

“Witches Get Stitches” Part 3

Purgatori is a horror comics character created by writer Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes and originally published by Chaos! Comics.  A crimson-skinned, winged vampire goddess, she first appeared in the comic book, Evil Ernie: Revenge #1 (cover dated: October 1994).  Chaos! Comics eventually went out of business, and in 2010, Purgatori became the intellectual property (IP) of Dynamite Entertainment.

Dynamite's first solo Purgatori comic book series is Purgatori Volume 2.  It is written by Ray Fawkes; drawn by Álvaro Sarraseca; colored by Salvatore Aiala; and lettered by Tom Napolitano.  Purgatori follows the title character as she deals with a plot against her, formulated by a coven of witches who want her immortality and power.

Purgatori Volume 2 #3 opens in the Nile Basin, Kenya.  Purgatori is on the Nile, and she is in a game of crocodile-and-mouse in Africa with the coven of witches.  Purgatori believes that killing her enemies is not a problem.  Her “partner” is Asim Darwish, the last of the warriors of St. Luke, the monster-hunting society.  He suspects that killing the witches may be problem.

But what is the answer?  What are these five witches doing to Purgatori's mind?

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Purgatori Volume 2 #3, which is the third Purgatori comic book of any kind that I've read.

Thus far, writer Ray Fawkes has made every issue of Purgatori an intriguing treat.  Even when he reveals something new about the conspiracy, he also manages to throw in a new twist, including this issue's crazy cliffhanger.  Artist Álvaro Sarraseca continues to deliver beautifully drawn art that combines with Salvatore Aiala's colors to create excellent storytelling.

I didn't expect much of Purgatori; after all, I have always ignored the character.  But after three issues, I am sold on it.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Chaos Comics Purgatori will want to visit Purgatori Volume 2.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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