Characters Appearing: Basilisk (Satana's Demon), Satana
Marvel Preview #7 (Satana)
Issue(s): Marvel Preview #7 (Satana story only)
But things are not at all what they seem; it turns out that the woman is actually Satana, her memories replaced and forced into a false life. Her family were not even real people, and the entire illusion was only constructed an hour ago.
Satana's attackers are the Camarilla of the Elder Gods, sorcerer worshipers of the N'Garai.
As "Judith Camber" slowly starts to regain memories of her life as Satana...
...the Camarilla extract the Satana portion of her soul and begin a ritual to sacrifice it to the N'Garai as the second part of the ritual that will destroy Satana forever. Judith finds that she is magically trapped in her home, but a demon appears and pushes her out the door. We soon learn that the demon is Satana's Basilisk; it's its first on-panel appearance. It resembles Satana's birthmark that marks her as Satan's daughter.
Judith learns, or re-learns, from a Leander Dyson that the Basilisk is meant to be freed on the day that Satan "rises against Heaven", and in the meantime it is Satana's prisoner. It was actually the Basilisk that killed Judith's fake family, to break the Camarilla's spell.
Judith confronts the Camarilla and unleashes the Basilisk...
...who wipes them out as Satana re-integrates with her body.
And that's Satana's last solo story (by publication date). We're at a point where the horror comic fad was dying down. All of the black & white comics dedicated to horror were cancelled at this point. Chris Claremont explains in a text piece how a lot of Satana's story got botched due to deadline issues, lost scripts, cancelled titles, and creative team changes, and also helps clear up some of the story points.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: As Mark notes in the comments, Satana gets a costume change in this issue so this should take place before Marvel Premiere #27, even though it was published afterwards. Her clothes are remotely burned off by the Camarilla's second ritual, which is why she's naked in one of the panels above, and then Dyson gives her a new set of clothes that "Judith" recalls watching "Dame Armanthe of Eleom" make for her when she was ten.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Marvel Horror vol. 1
This story should actually take place before Marvel Spotlight #24. In this story, she loses the costume with the furry leg warmers and gets the leotard-type outfit which she wears in Spotlight#24 and Premiere#27(the panel with the furry leg warmers in Spotlight is some kind of symbolic introductory thing).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 5, 2013 4:48 PM
Thanks Mark. I've moved it and made a note in the Considerations section.
Posted by: fnord12 | May 5, 2013 4:58 PM
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