“The X-Files” returns this month, continuing from where the original series left off. Joe Harris jumps in with an engrossing story, terrific dialogue, and a plot that’s equally dangerous and mysterious. A lot has happened in the eleven years since “The X-Files” has been off the air. Most notable of which is the passing of the colonization date: December 22, 2012. This season propels the series to a current timeline. So it seems skipping this date would be a grave misstep. Yet, it is the issue’s biggest strength. “The X-Files” is back in a big way.
WRITTEN BY: Joe Harris
ART BY: Michael Walsh
RELEASE: June 19th, 2013
Harris decidedly reintroduces the world to Mulder and Scully, just in case we forgot in the decade break. They now live together, and have taken up new names to protect their identities. Things are quiet but the characters are the same. Scully is still all business and a practicing doctor. While Mulder is still his quirky self, as evidenced in a wonderful speech to a group of kids playing in the street.
The issue spends no time throwing us back into the world of “The X-Files”. A monster of the week is apparent right from the get-go. Things are wonderfully creepy, and the quiet world our protagonists reside in, is quickly torn asunder. The story has an incredible pace, making it seem like that season nine ended just last year.
I was overjoyed to see the return of a certain familiar face. It allowed for a certain breath of familiarity to come through the pages, but also allowed for a great sense of time passing. Harris’ choice of moments was superb and interesting. Every scene was compelling and tonally dead on.
Michael Walsh’s art may take some getting used to, but when the action ramps up, his quality does too. His small moments lingering on the faces of these loved characters tells me everything I need to know about his art: he knows “The X-Files”. The subtleties in Mulder’s face, the worry in Scully’s eyes. It’s all here, and it’s all there with deadly accuracy. A style that is very reminiscent of David Aja’s work in Hawkeye. The pastel like color palate builds the world of season 10 in its own unique light.
Harris throws us back into the world of “The X-Files” and does so with relative ease. Chris Carter is producing the series and it’s wonderful to his support on these pages. “The X-Files” is back for the first time in years. Luckily this time the plot isn’t about organ harvesters and faith, but rather something mysterious and dangerous.
As a debut issue there isn’t really much here for those new to “The X-Files”. While the story is completely accessible for the uninitiated, Harris doesn’t offer much outside of fan service for the first issue back. This is a smart choice for a series with such a strong following, but ultimately a little damning.
In any event “The X-Files” has returned, and it’s fantastic. With Season 10 we can finally forget the horrors of season 8 and 9, and the last film I Want to Believe. More Season 10 can’t arrive soon enough.
Reviewed by – Jimbus_Christ