Review Fix chats with Ra’Chaun Rogers and Ashley Hurwitz, the creative team behind Lawful Evil, to find out how the series was born and why it’s a special read.
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Review Fix: What inspired this comic?
Ashley Hurwitz: My college friend, Ra’Chaun, came to me with an idea about an erotica comic based around a “C-List” superhero that couldn’t catch a break. It involved sex, cheating, and a firm tongue in cheek look at the superhero comics. I was easily swayed to join and we’ve been writing together ever since!
Ra’Chaun Rogers: I had just moved back to New York City from South Florida. I had lived with my ex and she’d cheated on me. That’s where the initial idea for this story had come from, it was a bit of therapy and for whatever reason, I was reading lot of sex comics at the time and wanted to try my hand at writing a comic equal parts sex and story.I realized however I couldn’t do it alone. So I reached out to Ashley who is one of the most polished and talented writers I know.
Review Fix: How is it different from your previous work?
Hurwitz: This is actually my first big foray into the comic industry. I come from a creative writing background and while I may love reading comics, I never considered actually writing one. It’s been really exciting to write in this medium!
Rogers: My first two projects The Hierophants, God Cell: Gate of Gods, Perilous Journey and American Dreams were mostly straight-up superhero/ science-fantasy affairs. The character’s there also lacked the same vulnerability and depth that Dark Spider and Suc-U-Babe have and that may be due to my inexperience at the time.
Review Fix: What makes this comic special?
Hurwitz: This comic is really special because it’s got so much heart in it. It’s ultimately a story of people… the losers some may say finding a family. It’s diverse, funny, stupid, sexy, and meaningful.
Rogers: It’s relatable, more so than most superhero stories are that aren’t maybe Spider-Man or Daredevil. Everyone has experienced betrayal before in one form or another and infidelity isn’t an uncommon thing and we do crazy things when we are in pain and broken-hearted so I think that lends to the heart that this story posses as Ash stated.
Review Fix: What creators do you think have influenced you the most?
Hurwitz: Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Zadie Smith, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jean Michael Basquit.
Rogers: Karl Bollers, Brandon Thomas, William Gibson, Steven Barnes, Sarah Vaughn
Review Fix: How do you want it to be remembered?
Hurwitz: We may be writing erotica, but it doesn’t mean that what we write about isn’t important or culturally relevant. This is a kick ass story that is more than tits. And who doesn’t love tits??
Rogers: As someone whose writing helped people feel less alone. I think that was always my goal especially with Lawful Evil, this is about finding a home and a place to belong. Being okay with yourself despite what others think of you.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Hurwitz: Lawful Evil issue 2 is on the way! We also have a lot of in-universe content that explores our characters in their own prequel stories.
Rogers: Like Ashley said Lawful Evil issue 2 is coming soon. We’ve got several other offerings that will devel into the origins of our main character’s both separately and together. It’s going to be a fun ride and we hope you enjoy it.