Get ready to go back to ancient Rome, because Syfy's about to take you there.
The network dropped plenty of exciting announcements centered around its upfront presentations this week, including the news that Jonathan Hickman's creator-owned comic Pax Romana is being developed by Warehouse 13 writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scalia, alongside the Circle of Confusion production group. The limited comic-book series, one of Hickman's (who's now one of Marvel Comics' most important scribes as the writer of both Avengers and New Avengers) first major comics projects, will be produced as a miniseries on the network.
First published by Image Comics in 2007 and 2008, the series explores what happens when the Roman Catholic Church gets its hands on time-travel technology, and devises a plan to change the future by drastically altering the past. After assembling a powerful special forces team, the church sends said team back to the days of the early Roman Empire in an effort to reshape the history of Rome in the church's ideal image. Things take a turn, though, when certain members of the team decide to take matters into their own hands.
Hickman's comic is a powerful meditation on the nature of civilization, religion, morality, combat and how much we control our own destinies. It's also an incredibly fun time-travel story, and in the right hands it could be an addictive miniseries. There's no word yet on exactly when we might see this miniseries hit television, but Pax Romana represents yet another stride for Syfy in its effort to bring more hard science fiction to its schedule, and that's worth applauding for the moment.