1940s comic book heroine is getting a makeover thanks to Kickstarter

Feb 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET
Image: Jill Trent, Science Sleuth #1

A team of writers and artists have taken a classic 1940s comic book and rebooted it for the modern age. What does that mean? It means Jill Trent, Science Sleuth gets a new life as the feminist heroine we've always wanted.

And she isn't limited to one incarnation. In Jill Trent, Science Sleuth #1, five teams of artists and writers have created five versions of Jill and her partner, Daisy Smythe. According to the Kickstarter, "Each stand-alone story re-imagines the Science Sleuths in a new way, including a range of racial and ethnic identities and time periods, from the 1940s to the not-too-distant future."

Transformative works (think BBC's Sherlock or Elementary on CBS) give creators the opportunity to update beloved stories in ways that appeal to modern audiences. Jill Trent, Science Sleuth #1 is especially important because it's updating a story from the 1940s, an era that wasn't exactly known for gender equality. Even now, the world needs more diverse stories. The Science Sleuth reboot gives female leads the opportunity to shine in multi-dimensional, diverse ways.

Jill Trent

Art by Rafael Romeo Magat

The book is complete and ready to ship. You can order your very own copy (or throw down a little more cash for some cool goodies) at the Kickstarter page, which has already surpassed its goal.

cover art

Cover art by Rafael Romeo Magat

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