Exclusive: First Look at Katee Sackhoff’s Versus

Co-creators Katee Sackhoff and Sxv’Leithan Essex have given SuperHeroHype an exclusive look at the character design for Versus, their genetically-created antichrist wrapped in a Vargas girl’s body.

Plans were to announce Versus at Comic-Con this year. So what happened? “Things got really crazy for the both of us with a few other projects which unfortunately took time away from Versus,” says Sackhoff. “We wanted Versus to have an impact at Comic-Con and had some very visual ideas to make her seen but time became the enemy and we don’t want her to get lost in the mix.”

The image is drawn and colored by Essex based on the detailed discussions between the two of them. Essex explains: “We talked about everything to make her sexy but tactical. There’s a reason why her suit looks so pin up doll meets assassin. Versus has a hidden bunker where she has the best militant minds as captives to make her weapons, gather the intel she needs, and make her wardrobe. All of them have different types of Stockholm Syndrome which makes for interesting character dynamics: one thinks she’s insane, one is extremely sexually infatuated, another thinks she’s a God. Those parts are the most fun for us to write as we are very much about character driven pieces with major action sequences. You do the math on which one did the costume.”

The long run for Versus? To transform the comic into a feature but not in the way you’d expect. Sackhoff had this to say: “We want to build the storyline to a pinnacle where the feature film can take place. Still a jumping off point for moviegoers unfamiliar with her but not to repeat ourselves and give comic book fans something new and exciting to look forward to. Then have the issues after the film pick up where the film left off. That’s our goal anyways. Even if we get into making Versus into a videogame down the road, it’ll be part of continuity with the comics and films. Always fresh material that follows one timeline.”