Thanks to writer Scott Snyder, artist Sean Gordon Murphy, and colorist Matt Hollingsworth, The Wake is presented as a murky and moody underwater horror story that makes you reminisce about The Thing and the psychological horror aspects and claustrophobia of Event Horizon while it eyeballs a much grander story.
In the book – which also reaches into the long ago past and the far away future – a small team of scientists assemble for a secret research mission deep beneath the frozen middle of nowhere to un-spool a terrifying tale of nature striking back against humanity’s relentless probing, in the form of a sea-borne monster that may or may not be our genetic cousin.
The hindrance to making this particular IP into something that would fit onto the small screen is the same as it is for Saga – scope and budget – but it could make a terrific event series with the right partner and a smart and innovative creator that knows how to use resources effectively. Essentially, this is Deep Blue Sea with much more ambition and less camp.
Like Revival, a Ten Grand adaptation could be hindered by the presence of a doppelganger – in this case, NBC’s upcoming Constantine series – but there is something unique about veteran TV and comic writer J. Michael Straczynski’s pulp-y dark and grimy noir book and Ben Templesmith’s dreamy water-colored visuals from the first four issues.
Unfortunately, Templesmith fell off the project – which seems fated for cult reverence and not mainstream success – but the colorful and thematically dark dance between heaven and hell – and the presence of a deeply flawed anti-hero who died and came back to earth to clean up messes and chase the ghost of his lost love – still resonates in the latest issue.
A Ten Grand series would have to follow this same path to stand out and appeal to fans of Supernatural who want to spend their time watching something that goes even further into the dark.
TV’s present hunger for event series’ could be easily satiated by Trillium, Jeff Lemire’s epic romantic sci-fi limited series from Vertigo. Set in both 1921 and the year 3797, the stories converge as a shell-shocked explorer (William Pike) and a stubborn scientist (Dr. Nika Temsmith) meet by way of a mysterious temple that seemingly exists both in the Amazon and on Atabithi, a small planet that houses the last members of the human race.
Atabithi also holds an abundance of trillium, a rare flower that can thwart The Caul, a sentient virus that is pursuing mankind; and the Atabithians, a native race that watches over the flower. As you can imagine, the humans and the Atabithians come into conflict, setting off a chain of events that threatens to rip the universe apart.
If carefully adapted, Trillium could reach a broad audience thanks to its hard sci-fi grandeur and a love story that spans across time and space.