Comic Series Sex Criminals Brings Hilariously Odd Sci-Fi Premise to Television
A television adaptation of the acclaimed comic series Sex Criminals has just gone into development at Universal, and the oddball sci-fi premise is nothing if not promising. The monthly series from Image Comics follows an actor and librarian who, after sleeping together, realize that they stop time every time they orgasm, and ultimately use their powers to rob a bank in order to save her flailing library.
The series, written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky, has received rave reviews, with various outlets praising the artwork, the comedic potential of the premise, the sharp writing, the canny character development, and the tasteful yet honest treatment of sexuality. It was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2014, Best Continuing Series and Best New Series, winning the latter.
The television show will be adapted by Fraction, also known for his work on Marvel comics Uncanny X-Men and Hawkeye, and Kelly Sue DeConnick, who currently writes for Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble. The adaptation is part of a two-year deal with Universal that will see them adopt several of their comic properties.