Darkchylde is a comic book series written and drawn by Randy Queen, and published through a variety of publishers, including Image Comics through Wildstorm.
Darkchylde focuses on the life of Ariel Chylde, who, thanks to a contract with the devil made by her mother, has been cursed with the ability to transform into the creatures of her nightmares.
Darkchylde provides examples of:
- Attempted Rape: By Ariel's "father". It triggers her first transformation, and results in his immediate barbequing.
- Beauty to Beast: What happens as a result of the curse.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted with Ariel's transformations.
- Body Horror: The reason Ariel's transformations aren't an example of Cursed With Awesome. They aren't pretty, and they hurt immensely.
- Healing Factor: When a demon rips one of Ariel's arms off, she learns that she can regrow it by shifting into one of her nightmare forms and then reverting to human.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The demon Piece, who, while acerbic and hot tempered, does genuinely like to see Ariel happy.
- Magic Pants: Taken to Up to Eleven after her transformation into Fang, a huge dragon. When she reverts, she's still wearing her jeans, which, though tattered, have still mostly survived the transformation.
- Missing Mom: Ariel's mother died when Ariel was 4 years old. Mother is still around as Sage, though.
- Painful Transformation: Ariel describes her transformations in terms of bones snapping, breaking and re-forming.Ariel: It isn't like dying and being reborn... it IS dying and being reborn.
- Rain of Blood: How Ariel discovers the body of poor little Billy.
- Xtreme Kool Letter Z: It was the Nineties, what can we say?