PURITY RING #1

PrintE-mail Written by Andrew Marshall

In case you’re unaware, purity rings are worn by the children of parents who believe that abstinence should be the only form of sex education and that their kids should remain pure until marriage. They genuinely believe that some cheap jewellery and a promise of chastity will win out over a tsunami of pubescent hormones (while also ignoring the fact that there are many more ways to lose your innocence than a bout of sweaty and inelegant humping), with the rings’ overall effectiveness being pretty much exactly what you’d expect them to be.

In a blaze of intriguing incongruity, Purity Ring takes this concept and mixes it with the tropes of slasher movies, creating a setting and story that feels both familiar and fresh. The eve of a tragedy’s first anniversary sees a murderer begin to stalk the quiet streets of Wexworth, a small town dripping with classic Americana where the annual Purity Ball is the highlight of the social calendar. But like any place whose populace make a concerted effort to convince themselves how perfect life there is, it soon becomes apparent that things are anything but.

At the centre of the emerging carnage will be the Purity Elite, the queen bitches of the local high school who strut about riding a self-congratulatory cloud of their own perceived virtue. Obnoxious characters you can’t wait to see die are a slasher movie staple, but the comic doesn’t reduce them to mere archetypes and instead imbues them with the degrees of personality demanded by the genre’s development over the last four decades. The influence of slashers is also clear in the artwork, which mimics their camera angles and cinematography as though each panel is a frozen shot from a film. In a stand-out page, the inks of this issue’s central murder scene are tinted maroon (an effective stylistic choice hopefully to be repeated in subsequent issues), with the mysterious murderer cast in sinister silhouette and ending things with the shadow of arterial blood sprayed across pristine bathroom tiles.

Although the issue’s final panel appears to clearly identify the killer, there is no way that’s all there is to it – least of all regarding how it’s possible they can even be there – and there is no doubt the dark and terrible secrets hinted to be hidden amongst the Purity Elite will be revealed in the months to come as the bodies inevitably begin to pile up.

Purity Ring’s first issue will be officially launched at Horrorcon on July 11th.

INFO: PURITY RING #1 / WRITER: JOHN FARMAN / ARTIST: RODOLFO EZEQUIEL, CRISTIAN SAURET, JUAN HERNANDEZ / PUBLISHER: VITAL PUBLISHING / RELEASE DATE: JULY 11TH
 


Suggested Articles:
It’s always been a big regret for fans that Christopher Eccleston made just 12 episodes as the nin
While Tom Cruise is leading a new Universal screen version of The Mummy for 2017, Hammer have duste
You’ve read H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, seen the film and TV versions, got Jeff Wayne’s
Issue three of Paul Cornell’s charming evocation of 1970s Doctor Who, starring the flamboyant Jon
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

THE MUMMY #3 20 January 2017

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR VOL. 2 15 January 2017

DEFENDER 28 December 2016

CADET ANDERSON – TEENAGE KYX 28 December 2016

THE MUMMY: PALIMPSEST #2 22 December 2016

THE COMPLETE SCARLET TRACES VOLUME ONE 17 December 2016

GRAVE SURPRISE 13 December 2016

DOCTOR WHO: THE HERALDS OF DESTRUCTION #3 07 December 2016

SLAUGHTERHOUSE FARM 1 - 3 20 November 2016

THE MUMMY: PALIMPSEST #1 14 November 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
 
 
 
 
...
 
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144