Humans and Demons Will Collide in IDW's DARKNESS VISIBLE Television Adaptation
Horror television has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts these past few years. Thanks to the success of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, we’re somewhat spoiled for choice when it comes to fright fare on the small screen. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more, either, and according to Deadline, IDW wants a piece of the pie by adapting their supernatural comic miniseries Darkness Visible.
Released in February this year, Mike Carey and Arvind Ethan David’s story imagines a world where humans and demons live side by side. However, due to a terrorist conflict, relations between them are heated, and Detective Daniel Ashton struggles to maintain the peace between humans and their hellish counterparts. But when his daughter finds herself in danger, Ashton allows a demon to take residence in his soul and his limits are tested. Uh oh...
In times of great sociopolitical turmoil, we can always rely on art to address the issues which divide our society. It’s no secret that immigration and race relations have been hot topics of late, and the Darkness Visible miniseries successfully blended supernatural thrills with topical commentary to craft a captivating story. This is an exciting project for sure.
The harmony of our society is a cause for concern in many ways, but there’s no better time than the present to unleash a series which taps into our anxieties and addresses them. The creators seem to agree, as the themes present in their story are more relevant than ever at the moment.
“Darkness Visible was an opportunity to create a supernatural thriller with a razor-sharp political edge, and it’s only become more topical since Arvind and I first dreamed it up,” Carey told Deadline. “Now, working with professionals who know and care about story, I’m very excited to bring Darkness Visible to the screen and look forward to working with IDW, Intrepid Pictures and my good friends at Ideate Media.”
Hopefully Darkness Visible translates well to television, but with the series’ creators serving as executive producers, at least it’s in the best possible hands. American Horror Story: Cult has provided some biting satire lately, but I suspect that more TV genre fare will follow suit until humankind gets its shit together. Until then, we can look forward to Darkness Visible and at least be entertained by an imaginative critique of the state of our world.