The creator of MTV’s cancelled Sweet/Vicious series—which was about two college students doling out vigilante justice to sexual assailants on campus—is partnering with Black Mask Studios to continue the story via comics, according to a report this morning from Vanity Fair.
The comic version of Sweet/Vicious is tentatively set for January 2019, with series creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson on board, telling Vanity Fair she hopes the ongoing story can provide “education, comfort, and escape to those thirsty for the justice they find lacking in the real world, and to fans still mourning the show’s premature demise.”
Vanity Fair notes that in the 18 months or so since the show ended back in April 2017, its themes of justice for victims of sexual assaults have become even more relevant, as ongoing reports have detailed patterns of sexual abuse wrought by dozens of powerful men. The announcement of Sweet/Vicious returning through comics comes just days after the nation watched Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate that she had been abused by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, with Kavanaugh alternately crying and raging as he denied it. While Black Mask first approached Robinson about the project some time ago, Robinson tells Vanity Fair that she started writing the comic in earnest after watching the dual testimonies.
“I was basically crying all day. I didn’t know what to do, so I started writing the comic. I was watching her testifying and him testifying, and in my brain, I was just listening to Ophelia and Jules talking about it,” Robinson told Vanity Fair.
Artists Skylar Patridge, Kiki Jenkins, Maria Llovet, and Emily Pearson (The Wilds) have provided art of the show’s main characters, with Patridge drawing the official cover (above). Sweet/Vicious ended after 10 critically-acclaimed episodes, and Robinson told Vanity Fair the comic would grow from her original plan for season 2, which was to go after institutions rather than individuals.
More art from the Vanity Fair story below: