Sweet/Vicious is getting a comic book series following the show’s cancellation in 2017, and fans remain as hopeful as ever that the series may return one day.
I’ve talked at length as to why Sweet/Vicious never should’ve been cancelled, but I have no problem stating it again for the record. This show not only offered us something different, it offered us something we needed. In the #MeToo era, Sweet/Vicious represented a change in tone. Women were taking charge, fighting back, and enacting justice on anyone who harassed, assaulted, or raped another person.
This show is, unfortunately, more relevant than ever. Part of me can’t believe MTV cancelled it to begin with, but the other part knows that numbers play a huge part in whether or not series get renewed. But the idea that another network didn’t pick it up after it was dropped is downright criminal. This show needs to be seen, and more than a year later fans are still begging for it to happen.
Luckily, the show is returning, though not to the small screen. Instead, Sweet/Vicious is coming back as a comic book series.
According to Vanity Fair, Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is teaming up with Black Mask Studios to create a comic book series that will debut in 2019.
Apparently, this was partially inspired by the conversation surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary hearing, where he has been avidly denying he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford or any of the other women who have come forward with similar allegations.
Robinson was so affected by watching the hearing that she began working on the project as an outlet for her emotions.
In fact, Robinson tells Vanity Fair that the story will focus on “a Brett Kavanaugh type, 20 years ago,” as well as a Brock Turner-like character. Specifically, Robins says she was inspired by the below tweet.
Brock Turners grow up to be Brett Kavanaughs who make the rules for Brock Turners.
— feminist next door (@emrazz) September 27, 2018
But despite recent events, what we’ll see in the comic series is strikingly similar to what Robinson had planned for Sweet/Vicious season 2, in that she wanted our heroes to go after institutions as voraciously as they were going after individuals.
We’ve needed a show like Sweet/Vicious and we will continue to need a show like it for many, many years. That’s an unfortunate truth, but at least we know season 1 exists and the comic book series will fill the void where season 2 should have been.
— Jenn Kaytin Robinson (@JennKaytin) October 2, 2018
But the question that is always, always on my mind is, “Will there ever be a season 2?”
There’s no talk about it right now (that we know of, at least), though plenty of other television shows have been saved thanks to homes at new networks (see Lucifer and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, just to name a couple). And with older television shows like Gilmore Girls and Will & Grace getting new seasons after many, many years off air, it doesn’t seem so impossible that Sweet/Vicious could return sometime in the future.
In fact, Robinson tweeted on September 28 about the hope to one day return to work on the show.
Let me also say, MTV allowed me to tell a story, even if just for one season, that meant so much to so many. And for that I will be forever grateful. If there are any execs that follow me that feel this show is worth time on their platform- Jules & Ophelia are ready to fight.
— Jenn Kaytin Robinson (@JennKaytin) September 28, 2018
Replying to the tweet, Taylor Dearden, aka Ophelia herself, also said she was ready to return to the beloved character.
We are seriously ready. I sleep in my boots. So fucking ready!
— Taylor Dearden (@taylor_dearden) October 1, 2018
Both Dearden and Eliza Bennett (Jules) have been incredibly supportive of the comic book series on Twitter, sharing their excitement with fans. There’s no guarantee that the comic book will lead to another season of the show, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to keep the fandom alive and bring in new fans at the same time.
When the comic does drop in 2019, you can rest assured that Hypable will be covering it.