I’m very selective about the comics I read and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals is easily one of the best books I’ve read in recent memory.
The plot has a bit of an odd premise: Suzie, a librarian, and Jon ,an actor/office drone, fall in love and discover they both have the ability to stop time when they orgasm (separately or together). They decide to use this talent to rob a bank, but discover they’re not the only ones with this unique gift. The setup may seem strange, but it gives way to not only excellent humor, but also a moving love story that also honestly taps into a genuine, unabashed sexual relationship.
Deadline reports that Fraction and partner Kelly Sue DeConnick have signed a two-year deal with Universal TV to develop some of their properties, and Sex Criminals is among the first to go into development.
The question is, “Where will it go?” To do the comic justice, it needs to be sexual explicit, not in an exploitative way, but realistically. That means network television and even basic cable are poor choices. That leaves premium network or a streaming service. While I know “HBO!” is the standard refrain from those who want to see their mature comic series go to a TV channel (which is odd because HBO doesn’t do comic book series, although they didn’t do fantasy until Game of Thrones), I think Sex Criminals is a better choice for streaming. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu can’t afford to get complacent, and Sex Criminals is a unique property that can diversity their offerings. Keep in mind that HBO likes to go with ensembles when they do dramas (True Detective is more the exception than the rule), and Sex Criminals has two protagonists. Then again, Sex Criminals also has comic elements, so I’ll be curious to see how Fraction, DeConnick, and Universal TV choose to adapt it.
But TV shows, like movies, get stuck in development all the time, so hooking up with a network is not a primary concern right now. First, they need to amass the right talent, and I hope they find it because Sex Criminals deserves the love. Click here to order the first trade paperback.