"The X-Files: Season 10 #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by IDW Publishing
Written by Joe Harris
Illustrated by Michael Walsh
$3.99, 32 Pages
Comic released on June 19th, 2013
Over ten years after the show went off the air, IDW Publishing has dusted off The X-Files and continued the story of Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Season 10 begins with an arc aptly titled “Believers.” The premiere issue picks up with the agents living in suburbia under assumed names thanks to the FBI's relocation services. Everything seems fine until a mysterious figure from their past returns. It seems that this person is killing off anyone and everyone that was ever involved with the X-Files, and Mulder and Scully are next. Deputy Director Skinner pops up to help, which seems like the opposite of what you want to do when your former agents are living in the equivalent of the witness protection program.
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I don't think it would have taken much to get X-Files fans back for more. There were a million unanswered questions when the show stopped and the movies didn't fill in the gaps. I was initially excited to see these characters once again, but then I was reminded of how much paranoia, conspiracy, and subterfuge filled each storyline. This issue has all of those things right off the bat, but I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Will there just be more questions that frustrate fans? Or can we get some closure to these characters?
Michael Walsh's artwork leaves much to be desired. He gets the basic look of the characters in that they resemble the actors that portrayed them in the TV show, however they lack depth. Everything is flat and without detail, as if the pencils were not finished and the publisher just took whatever was there at the time. Some panels remind me a bit of Shaky Kane, who has a pulpy flare to his work, like it was pulled out of a catalog of bizarre products from the 1950s. Walsh needs a bit more polish to make this look a lot tighter.
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The plot of “Believers” was put together by series creator Chris Carter and Joe Harris, with the latter actually writing the script. With Carter's involvement, I'm hoping this comes together in a bit more coherent manner than the series finale did. The artwork could be better, but this comic could skate by on nostalgia alone. I'm ready to believe again.
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