Back in the 90′s it seemed as if everyone and their Aunt Petunia had their own publishing company. One of those publishers was a dark place called Chaos! Comics. They were known for having monsters, demons, devils and no heroes. The bad guys were there to do whatever they wanted and the humans were there because the body count was important.
Of the Chaos! cast, my long-time personal favorite was always Ernest Fairchild, better known as Evil Ernie. His was the story of a boy abused by his parents, and even though the whole town knew about it, no one helped Ernest because his parents ran the lumber yard that employed nearly everyone in town. His only friend was a rat he named Smiley.
In his original incarnation, Ernest began to develop psychic powers, the ability to read people’s minds, and become more withdrawn as the abuse got worse. Eventually, he would meet Lady Death in his dreams and fall in love with her. This would lead to Ernest becoming Evil Ernie and in turn to a massive body count and more Chaos! than we’d ever seen in comics.
(For more about the original Evil Ernie miniseries check out my review HERE)
Some time ago Dynamite Entertainment, home of many licensed properties, announced they had picked up publishing rights for the Chaos! characters, minus Lady Death and a few others, and would begin to publish new stories featuring old fiends. It’s been far too long since anything else was announced, but this year at San Diego Comic-Con Dynamite made a major announcement and here it is, along with variant covers by some very talented artists and an early look at some amazing interior art by Jason Craig!