Thursday, September 4, 2008

Rosario Dawson hunts creepy creatures

Just when we though Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Grindhouse) couldn't get any cooler, she goes and gets involved in a comic book project: "After narrowly surviving an encounter with a supernatural serial killer, N.Y.P.D. officer Sophia Ortiz is drafted into Manhattan's clandestine police unit: the Occult Crimes Taskforce. Versed in the black arts and armed with mystical weaponry, the O.C.T. keeps the streets of New York safe from the unholy creatures of the night." (From 12 GAUGE COMICS). Rosario is a co-writer of the series, along with David Achison, and the lead character is modeled after her likeness, saving gifted artist Tony Shasteen the effort of having to imagine a very hot heroine. This choice infuses Sophia Ortiz with a distinct personality, a welcome idea considering how much female comic book characters tend to look alike (many comic book artists in the 70s used movie and TV stars as reference for that same reason). The O.C.T. web site is nicely put together, with abundant art samples and a store. Considering the quality of this project, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing other A-list leading ladies taking a shot at the medium. If Jenna Jameson can do it (Shadow Hunter), why not Jessica Biel, I say? Occult Crimes Taskforce Vol. 1 (TBC) is available here.

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