True Terror is a new comic about two female detectives

Most fictitious detectives seem to be heavy-drinking middle-aged men with severely lacking social skills. But in True Terror, a brand new comic book series, the two protagonists are charismatic action heroines.

True Terror is a new comic about two female detectives
  • How many comics have female heroes? Analysis by The Pudding shows that 12% of comics have female protagonists.
  • How long does it take to create a comic book? The scriptwriting process can take months; the artwork can be created at the speed of one page per day.
  • What makes True Terror special? This new comic revolves around two female characters, and the heart-pounding script will keep you hooked.

Marvel and DC do a great job of keeping us entertained with intertwined storylines and supernatural powers. But there’s one thing missing from these franchises: female protagonists. Even the heroines that are included are more often weak sidekicks or cerebral counterparts rather than butt-kicking action women.

True Terror is a brand new series that offers something different. This franchise brings together two powerful female detectives in an uneasy alliance, all in the name of stopping a devastating terrorist attack.

A brand new comic saga

True Terror is a new comic about two female detectives
True Terror is a new comic book saga from award-winning screenwriter, Mitch Smith, and talented illustrator, Paul Anderson. Smith has previous success stories in the industry, with titles such as Ghost in the Family, 24/7, and Boy’s Club to his name.

This first book of the series introduces our two protagonists, Lynn and Mary. Contrasting in styles and personality, these two female detectives find common ground when it comes to tackling crime.

Their foe in this first book is a terrorist group known as “Allied”, who plan to crash a wedding with deadly consequences. Over the course of seven chapters and 168 pages, we discover whether Lynn and Mary manage to save the day.

Retro inspiration

True Terror is a new comic about two female detectives
Mitch Smith came up with the premise for True Terror while bingeing on 1980s action movies, such as Die Hard. He noticed that, while these films were filled with great entertainment, they had very few strong female characters.

Inspired to produce something new, he got to work on creating a script. True Terror feels a lot like Lethal Weapon and other buddy cop movies, but with female detectives in the lead roles.

Paul Anderson’s illustrations really bring the plot to life, with bold colors and a gritty sense of style. As the series continues, the plan is to bring more up-and-coming creatives on board to expand the franchise.

Furthermore, this Kickstarter is already loaded with True Terror merch, including a Lynn and Mary T-shirt. Expect further such releases in time.

“True Terror is a pulse-pounding thrill ride with modern relevance and real-world connections…The story centers on a growing terrorist organization calling themselves “Allied,” plotting and executing an attack on American soil during a wedding ceremony, forcing two mismatched female detectives to reluctantly team up in order to prevent the next attack.” — Mitch Smith on Kickstarter

Girl power

True Terror is a new comic about two female detectives
A fresh take on the buddy cop genre is very welcome, as is a female focus. This comic has been produced with love and care; hopefully, it will be the first of many.

No guarantees

Comic book publishing is a tough market. Consequently, there is no guarantee that True Terror will make it past the first couple of episodes. If you want to see this kind of storytelling, make sure to support the Kickstarter!


– Kickstarter: Until December 17th

– Pledge: $25 USD

– Delivery: July 2019

Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.
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