First Look: Smooth Criminals Pulls Off the Heist of the Century

The First Issue of Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten & Leisha Riddel’s BOOM! Studios Ongoing Series Hits Shelves November 21st

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First Look: <i>Smooth Criminals</i> Pulls Off the Heist of the Century

Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith had an accomplished writing career long before entering comics, with credits like Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You under her belt. Alongside Kurt Lustgarten, Smith created the breakout BOOM! Studios series Misfit City—and now they’re back as the writing duo behind Smooth Criminals, illustrated by artist Leisha Riddel.

The synopsis for the new ongoing series sounds like a hipper, more socially aware Austin Powers set in the ‘90s:

There are certain things Brenda expects to find while hacking: money, secrets, occasional pictures of cats. She is NOT expecting to find a cryogenically frozen master thief named Mia from the ‘60s. Mia is everything Brenda is not—cool, confident, beautiful. And utterly unprepared for the digital age. Despite their differences, the two will need to team up to find out what happened to Mia—and how to pull off the biggest heist of the ‘90s.

“Sometimes the secret to lasting best pal-ship is committing a few victimless thefts of incalculable value,” BOOM! Studios Senior Editor Shannon Waters said in a statement. “Or that could just be why Smooth Criminals is such an absolute delight. This is a story about women from different time coming together in the world of ‘90s where the rules aren’t just meant to be broken—they need to be obliterated.”

Smooth Criminals #1 features a main cover by Archie contributor Audrey Mok and a variant cover by Blue Monday’s Chynna Clugston Flores. The debut issue hits stands November 21st and joins other BOOM! Box titles like The Avant-Guards and The Backstagers. Check out an exclusive preview of Riddel’s interior art below.


Smooth Criminals #1 Cover Art by Audrey Mok

Smooth Criminals #1 Cover Art by Chynna Clugston Flores

Smooth Criminals #1 Interior Art by Leisha Riddel

Smooth Criminals #1 Interior Art by Leisha Riddel

Smooth Criminals #1 Interior Art by Leisha Riddel

Smooth Criminals #1 Interior Art by Leisha Riddel

Smooth Criminals #1 Interior Art by Leisha Riddel