8:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Legally Blonde' Writer Penning Buddy Comedy Comic 'Smooth Criminals'
Sometimes, hackers can uncover more than they anticipated — but Boom! Studios’ new ongoing series Smooth Criminals pushes the surprise even further when a contemporary hacker accidentally discovers a cryogenically frozen master thief whom the world hasn’t seen since the 1960s.
Created by Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, screenwriter of Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You, with writing partner Kurt Lustgarten and artist Leisha Riddel, the series follows Brenda as she rescues Mia from cold storage and teams up with her for two reasons: to find out why she’d been frozen in the first place — and also to pull off the heist of the century. Well, why wouldn’t you, if you had the chance?
"With Smooth Criminals, we want to tell a female friendship story wrapped in a jewel heist: a buddy comedy about a somewhat-out-of-touch cat burglar from the past who teams with a socially awkward tech-savvy genius in 1999 that shows just how much times — and crimes — have changed," Smith and Lustgarten said in a statement. "We want to explore the idea that women of different eras and different backgrounds can accomplish true change by working together in a world where anachronistic rules are meant to be broken. If you're a fan of James Bond or nostalgic for the '90s, you’ll love seeing these two team up to pull off the heist of the century...if they can figure out how to be friends first."
Riddel added, “I'm very excited to work on Smooth Criminals, as someone who identifies as a woman of color, creating characters that are closer to who I am is always great. The story is a bit sci-fi, and a bit action, but still relatable as a coming of age, which is a recipe for everything I'm all about. Brenda and Mia are super fun to draw, and I can't wait to draw all their escapades.”
The first issue of the series features a cover from Audrey Mok, above, with a variant cover from Blue Monday writer/artist Chynna Clugston Flores, whose character designs can be seen below. The series will be published through Boom!’s Boom! Box imprint in November.