Catching up with… The X-Files Season 10

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This one is for those who still want to believe…

Seven issues in and The X-Files Season 10 is looking to be one of the best extensions of a TV series ever to make it to comic book form.  Like the successful Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons 8 and 9, IDW Publishing’s The X-Files Season 10 knows all the elements that made the original series loved by fans and it has carried those elements forward to make readers feel like Fox Mulder and Dana Scully never left.  And everyone else you loved from the show has returned: Agents Doggett and Reyes, The Lone Gunmen, Assistant Director Skinner, and The Smoking Man all have been re-introduced in Season 10.

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Ex-FBI agents Mulder and Scully are married and living under assumed names.  Skinner returns to let them know that an FBI database was hacked and the X-Files may have been part of the hack.  Then agents start dropping like flies, and Scully and Doggett are missing.   Who is Mulder going to turn to?  How about The Lone Gunmen?  New conspiracies, yet familiar dialogue doesn’t miss a beat in re-creating each character, thanks to writer Joe Harris.  And it helps that Michael Walsh’s renderings of the key characters matches the actors that originally made them famous.  Walsh’s style and mood are exactly what an X-Files comic needs, and Harris really gets the playful Mulder banter with Scully just right.

Issues #1-5 include the first story arc “Believers,” and look for plenty of familiar places, concepts, and conspiracies, as well as a lead in to some urban legend one-off titles we previewed here at earlier this month.  And it’s no “fluke”–with a new arc starting in Issue #6 and continuing in this month’s Issue #7, titled “Hosts” look for the beginning of the return of alien-of-the-week X-Files subjects.

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Each issue so far has been released with several alternate covers, some photo covers and some by IDW Publishing artists.  Look for these in the new hardcover compilation The X-Files Season 10 Volume 1, just released and available at and through your local comic book store.  Fans of The X-Files will not be disappointed in this new, action-packed series.

C.J. Bunce

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