Action Lab Entertainment has announced the February release of Sweetie #1 that the publisher describes as Batman meets high school fangirl.
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.
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 challenges already? SWEETIE acts as a meta to superhero 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.
While written to be all-ages, Action Lab Entertainment points out that there are layered conversations going on that will not only deliver high action comic book stories, but also messages of inclusiveness, positivity, and more.
Writer Sean Dillon comments that “Maggie fulfills the dream we all have: to become fast, strong, and skilled like a super hero. Yet, she’s not invincible. There’s more than one way to be strong in life and none of us is all of them. Maggie will have to learn, like we all do, that sooner or later we need to have each others’ backs.”
Sweetie #1 is scheduled to arrive in stores on February 27, 2019.