Tom Dennison was struck in the head by a falling piece of refuse from a passing airplane on August 27, 1999, and until last year, he was left in a coma while a decade and a half of pop culture moved on without him. Perhaps that's why he was extremely excited to learn that Dynamite Entertainment would be bringing together several Chaos Comics characters, such as Evil Ernie, Chastity, and the cleverly named Purgatori for an epic crossover miniseries that exemplifies everything that Chaos Comics, in all its 1990s glory, stood for. Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) will work with artist Mirka Andolfo on the book, which is simply called Chaos!, with an exclamation point.
"Holy shit, dude!" Dennison told The Outhouse. "Look at this. Six or seven variant covers! I'm gonna get all of them! No, two of each!"
According a press release sent out by Dynamite:
The Main Cover will be supplied by J. Scott Campbell (Danger Girl). Variant Cover A will feature the artwork of writer Tim Seeley himself, while Variant Cover B showcases Emanuela Lupacchino (Ghost Rider). A Subscription-Only Variant Cover, intended as a reward for dedicated fans who preorder with their local comic shop retailers, will feature the art of Carlos Rafael (Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris). A Blank Authentix Cover will be created for the first issue, featuring blank white space on the cover perfect for convention artist commissions or the creative whims of the do-it-yourself fan. Additional cover artwork by Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) and the late Michael Turner (Fathom, Soulfire) will be featured on special Retailer Incentive Original Art Covers, rewarded to and available from select retailers that meet certain ordering thresholds through Diamond Comic Distributors.
Another retailer variant by Ken Haeser (The Living Corpse) will feature custom branding with the name of the comic shops selling it.
Dennison expressed plans to store one copy of each of the variants in polyethylene bags, which he hoped might one day help put his grandkids through college. "I forgot to ask how my own son paid for college while I was in the coma, but I'm assuming he sold off my copy of Youngblood #1, as I intended."
The plans for the Chaos mini-series were first announced by Dynamite at the San Diego Comic Con in 2013 after Dynamite bought the rights to all of the Chaos Comics characters, with the exception of Lady Death's boobs, which are owned by Rich Johnston's Avatar Press. Dennison was only out of his coma for a few months at that time, so he didn't have time for comics. Instead, he spent his time getting up to speed on important cultural developments like Robert Downey Jr.'s career revival, the rise of video game faq sites, and compact discs, among other things. Now that he was feeing more comfortable in the year 2014, Dennison is finally able to concentrate on comics again, and a crossover featuring some of Chaos's most iconic 90s horror characters is just the way to do it. According to Dennison, on a scale of one to ten, he is about an eight as far as excitement for the Chaos revival goes.
"It's not as great as like, the six Guns N' Roses albums that probably came out while I was in the coma probably were, or how mindblowing the final two movies in the Matrix trilogy probably were, but it's definitely up there," Dennison remarked.
In addition to variant covers and characters fifteen years past their heyday, the book will also reportedly feature a story, according to the press release:
In the upcoming miniseries, several terrifying figures - including the undead Evil Ernie, goddess Purgatori, vampire Chastity, and supernatural band of misfits known as The Omen - individually witness visions of the world's impending doom, and rush headlong into conflict. Some try desperately to avert the nuclear holocaust, out of altruism or self-interest, while others just want to raise some hell. So begins the return of the Chaos! universe on an epic scale, the resurrection of fan-favorite boogeymen and femme fatales amidst a violent, apocalyptic upheaval.
The first issue is set to hit stores in May, and will be solicited this month. At press time, Tom Dennison was frantically attempting to place a pre-order with his local comic shop, but was having trouble locating a fax machine with which to send over the paperwork.