The initial series, simply entitled Body Bags, was a launch title for Dark Horse Comics' Blanc Noir line of books. Produced by Gaijin Studios in 1996, Body Bags includes a large amount of blood, violence and characters who enjoy killing and cursing, which is displayed in a number of scenes in the book that have been deemed shocking. Pearson's use of an extremely voluptuous 14-year-old caused the series to face a certain amount of controversy in the comics industry. Due to the controversy, Body Bags is promoted as the most controversial comic of the 1990s.