A Writer's Commentary: Erik Burnham on Chastity #5

Erik Burnham provides a Writer's Commentary on last week's Chastity #5

And here it is, the fifth and final issue of CHASTITY. Erik Burnham here; I scripted this over the plot of artist Daniel Maine. Bryan Valenza threw colors over the linework, Carlos M. Mangual did the lettering, and Matt Idelson wrangled all the puppies into place. Three covers on the finale — Cover A is by Catherine Nodet; Cover B is by Ale Garza and Omi Remalante, Jr; and Cover C is by our own Daniel Maine and Bryan Valenza.

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This is a rough place to start, isn't it?

Our hero, Chastity, has been beaten up. Her special agent pal, Jimmy, has been beheaded. And Miss Valentine is a werewolf.

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Daniel went for some backstory here, and it feeds back nicely into the main story.

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Okay, here's the only thing — we went back and forth about the color of the werewolf. Brown, blonde… it was a real battle royale. In the end, it was a muted blonde, which is a more interesting shade for a werewolf than the blacks, browns, or greys you more often see.

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Okay, so I skipped a few pages of fight scene — they're neat, there's some grievous injury, let's get back to Page 7.

This was one of the few disagreements that we had in plot vs. script; initially, the bit you see in the next few pages — Chastity getting supercharged from werewolf blood — was something that Daniel had intended to be an ability Chastity knows she has.

The catch is: if she knows about it, she wouldn't have spent half of this issue and part of issue 4 getting beaten around by werewolves. Jimmy wouldn't have been killed. Those elements questioned the logic of what Daniel intended, so that was my argument for the change. And he got it.

It goes the other way too; I took out something he'd wanted because I simply didn't like it. When he requested it go back in, I put it back in. You gotta keep things balanced when you're working with another writer in any capacity.

Four more pages of vampire vs. werewolf action and we get to…

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Panel 5 is one of my favorite jokes in the three issues I'd written. Just saying. It was a perfect place for deadpan and I think it worked beautifully.

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The agent didn't initially have a name; but I was listening to a shuffled playlist and Jungle Love popped up… hence, Agent Day.

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I really got a kick out of the size of this burlesque theater.

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And this is where the story ends for Chastity — with a found family. This is a sentiment I'm glad Daniel asked for. It's nice to see the hero's life improve some.

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And here's an epilogue with a hint of threat; it's Miss Valentine's family! And they're all werewolves. Rich werewolves.

The Knives Out family, but with lycanthropy.

I think Daniel left it in a good place, and it'd be fun to follow up on… but for now, we're at the end.

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