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My Hero Academia meets the “effortlessly gay” world of She-Ra in I Heart Skullcrusher

Josie Campbell talks about her comic series from Boom! Studios

The cover of I Heart Skull-Crusher #1 from BOOM! Studios
Image credit: BOOM! Studios

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If you love the action and comedy found in Shōnen Jump as well as the themes from She-ra Princess of Power, Josie Campbell has the comic book for you. During the ALA Annual Conference, she spoke about I Heart Skull-Crusher from Boom! Studios.

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where the biggest sport is a combination of Thunderdome and soccer. An 18 year old queer girl named Trini forms her own team and enters a tournament in order to win the affection of her favorite athlete, Skull-Crusher.

Campbell thinks this homage to manga and Mad Max would be best for middle schoolers and teenage kids who both enjoy My Hero Academia, Jujutsu Kaisen, and One Piece and the inclusive and “effortlessly gay” world of She-ra. The latter makes sense considering the writer’s involvement in the animated series.

Interior artwork from I Heart Skull-Crusher #1.
Image credit: BOOM! Studios

On a personal level, Campbell said, “It really is my love letter to who I was as a young bisexual teenage girl who was obsessed with soccer. Who had Brandy Chastain’s picture up on my wall, but also somebody who started loving reading.”

The creative team behind I Heart Skull-Crusher include Campbell, artist Alessio Zono, colorist Angel De Santiago, and letterer Jim Campbell.


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