Rosario Dawson told SCI FI Wire that she's the inspiration for Sophia Cruz, the lead character in the comic-book series Occult Crimes Taskforce, coming in July from Image/12 Gauge Comics.
"Sophia was created by a family friend [writer David Atchison], who created the story and the character based on what he knows about me," said Dawson, who is serving as co-creator on the book. "He created the character out of my personality, my image, my background and my attitudes. When he brought the concept to me, it seemed like a good idea. I liked the idea of the character looking like me, and I loved the story idea, so I said, 'Sure.' It just seemed like the natural thing to do."
Occult Crimes Taskforce, with illustrations by Tony Shastee, tells the story of rookie detective Sophia Cruz, who is recruited into the ranks of the NYPD's covert police investigation unit whose primary duty is to monitor and control supernatural activity in the Manhattan underground. Dawson said that the comic is a mixture of The X-Files, Men in Black and The Matrix, but goes a lot deeper.
Dawson, who starred in the comic-based Sin City, is a staunch supporter of comic books in their purest form and detests the trend toward "celebritizing" comics. But in the same breath, she admitted that her own celebrity made Occult Crimes Taskforce a much easier sell. "I know that the way we were able to get interest in this book was that my face was literally and figuratively attached to it," she said. "But this is not about me. The world that we're creating is the really cool part of this book. Believe me, this is a whole lot more than my making myself a sexy superhero just to feed my ego."
You're really no one these days until someone has written a comic book character based on you.