For those who enjoy monster-killing and secret societies, Netflix’s latest sci-fi comic book adaptation of IDW’s October Faction may be just the thing. The ten-episode first season of the series will introduce globetrotting monster hunters Fred and Deloris Allen who, after the death of Fred’s father, return to their hometown in upstate New York with their teenage children Geoff and Viv. As the family adjusts, Fred and Deloris must hide their identities as members of a secret organization, and our heroes quickly discover that their new small-town setting isn’t as idyllic as it seems.
The comic upon which October Faction is based comes from IDW and famed horror comics scribe Steve Niles, who will executive produce the adaptation. Niles’ original story characterizes the Allen family as “retired monster hunter, thrill-killer, warlock, and witch,” but of course, the adaptation may take liberties with those roles. However, the first issue’s tagline of, “Sometimes crazy is the glue that binds a family together,” seems like a pretty good recipe for a team dynamic.
October Faction has as its creator and showrunner Damian Kindler of Sleepy Hollow and Krypton. He and Niles will be joined on the project by executive producers James Thorpe (Motive), Thomas Walden, and Eric Birnberg. Kindler will also direct along with Megan Follows (Wynonna Earp), Mina Shum (Murdoch Mysteries), and David Frazee (Orphan Black).
The series may sound like something like a mix between a show like Supernatural with an added The Addams Family vibe, and the show’s origins as a comic would seem to lend itself well to a glamorously spooky atmosphere that was present in the art of Damien Worm, who often teams up with Niles on projects like October Faction. Even their names, “Niles and Worm” fit right in with the goth aesthetic.
October Faction will be produced by High Park Entertainment in association with IDW Entertainment. IDW Entertainment is the worldwide distributor for the series, excluding Canada. The show joins Netflix’s continuously expanding slate of sci-fi properties and comic adaptations including Warrior Nun, The I-Land, The Order, Wu Assassins, Locke & Key, V Wars, and Another Life.