Writers: Kurt Lustgarten, Kiwi Smith Artist: Naomi Franquiz Publisher: BOOM! Studios
The first issue of Misfit City is coming out in May, and we’re so excited we could squee (not really, though, because that’s undignified). We’re partly excited because it’s created and co-written by Kiwi Smith, who, very cool name aside, wrote cult teen movies like 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde in the late ’90s. If Misfit City is anything similar, we can expect a cast of quirky characters and reams of quippy, instantly quotable dialogue.
But we’re also really looking forward to the story, which takes inspiration from classic ’80s adventure movies like Indiana Jones, The Goonies and Stand By Me. Like these films, it’s imbued with a love of mischief, pursuit and the great outdoors. This time, however, the story focuses on a group of teenage girls, who, after finding a map that reveals the destination of pirate treasure, leave their boring hometown to track it down.
With a dream duo like Smith and artist Naomi Franquiz, Misfit City could be an indie classic in the making. It looks lighthearted and fun, and Smith’s story cherishes her childhood in the ’80s playing with girls who weren’t afraid to scrape their hands and bloody their knees.
An issue one variant cover, by artist Ester Zejn.