Writer(s): Sean Dillon, Steven Petrivelli (co-writer)
Artist Name(s): Sean Dillon
Cover Artist(s): Sean Dillon
32 pgs./ E / FC
Maggie isn’t your typical comic book, cartoon, and action movie fangirl. Through keen observation and unbending determination, she has taught herself all the death-defying stunts and fighting styles of her favorite action stars and superheroes! Unfortunately, Maggie has kept her eccentric hobby to herself, ever since it earned her the label of “nerd” among her classmates. After all, superheroes and evil villains are all kid stuff… right? WRONG! The day before she begins high school, Maggie has a run-in with an evil mastermind and his sinister mercenary group. After years of training, it’s up to Maggie to be the self-taught superhero the city needs! But with bad guys crawling out of the woodwork and the daunting unknown of a high school ahead of her, can she really take on the world alone?
Like a would be mash-up between Ms. Marvel and Karate Kid, Sweetie has the vibe of a Saturday morning cartoon. The series is about a socially awkward fan-girl who becomes a self-taught superhero. Maggie, our titular Sweetie, takes on the world of super villains and high school alike.
This is not your average super hero comic. Sweetie is written to be all-ages safe, but includes character and story layers that will also resonate with mature readers. It can be enjoyed across generations by young readers and parents alike. Sweetie aims to not only deliver a visually unique, high-energy action comic, but a message of inclusiveness, positivity, and becoming our own superhero.
Much in the vein of Spider-man, Sweetie offers both the thrill of an action hero story and a slice of life from the vantage point of a high school nerd. At any age, we all love stories about heroes and like to project ourselves onto them, but how would we really handle what’s larger than life when normal life is so full of challenge already? Sweetie acts as a meta to super hero comics, but embraces what is fun and enjoyable about them. Simultaneously, it addresses the often over-looked emotions and internal struggle of growing up, with themes such as empathy, communication, anxiety, identity, loss, and family.
Written by Sean Dillon and Steven Petrivelli with art by Dillon, Sweetie #1 is on shelves February 27, 2019.