A Stylish Monster-Slayer Arrives In Chastity #1

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Chastity is a half-vampire vampire hunter who lives in New York City. She’s gotten quite good at it, but the vampire powers she has do help quite a bit. She’s also a go-go dancer and struggling actress. After finishing off her most recent vampire quarry, and Chastity realizes that she’s almost late for an audition. When she arrives, she finds that she’s not the only one waiting. After a few minutes, she notices something is wrong. The water has been drugged, and someone is coming to kidnap the women.

Chastity #1 cover by Clayton Crain
Chastity #1 cover by Clayton Crain

Chastity #1 brings back the go-go dancer vampire hunter for a second volume under the Dynamite Entertainment banner. This time, it’s coming to us from creators Leah Williams, Daniel Maine, Bryan Valenza, and Carlos M. Mangual.

This return is fast-paced and light-hearted for the most part. It opens up on Chastity killing a trio of vampire blood and sex tourists. Our protagonist introduces herself during this time for the benefit of new readers such as myself.

Blade comparisons are easy, but the tone of the comic is far different from any Blade run I’ve ever read. Plus, Marvel doesn’t have a claim to the idea of a half-vampire.

Chastity herself is a likable character. She’s another in the breed of snarky, confident, and badass female leads which Dynamite specializes in these days.

Maine’s artwork is quite strong. It’s slick, stylish, and kinetic. Action scenes are cathartically fun, and the visual design of Chastity is very distinct. Valenza’s color art is well-balanced and pops off the page well.

Chastity #1 is a fun return for the half-vampire vampire killer. There’s plenty of action and intrigue, and Chastity is a strong lead. Add to that the solid artwork and you have a book worth recommending. Feel free to check this one out.

Chastity #1 comes to us from writer Leah Williams, artist Daniel Maine, color artist Bryan Valenza, letterer Carlos M. Mangual, cover artist Clayton Crain, and variant cover artists Nick Bradshaw; Jay Anacleto with Rain Beredo; Catherine Nodet; and David Nakayama.

Final Score: 7.5/10

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