Review: “The X-Files Season 10” # 5

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The first arc of “The X-Files Season 10″ concludes this month in wonderfully mysterious fashion. The Acolytes true motivations are further developed. Mulder and Scully find themselves right back where they left off, and the status quo is reset for another generation of paranormal adventures. Joe Harris and Michael Walsh end “Believers” true to the source material, which means it, will leave you dying for more.


WRITTEN BY: Joe Harris
ART BY: Michael Walsh
PUBLISHER: IDW
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: October 16, 2013

The X-Files season 10 is an absolute joy to read. The voice of the show comes through the page in droves, and a moment is never wasted. The rapidly paced storylines always begin with a beautiful tease and end with a fantastic thread dangled for the next issue.

This month is no different. Harris concludes “Believers” by quickly wrapping up loose ends. The result is a story with a breakneck pace that will leave you overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time. Overwhelmed at the proposed conclusion, underwhelmed at its lack of expositional clarity.

Which is more a fault of the source material than the story itself. This is the X-Files after all, a franchise in which clarity was never paramount. Instead Harris gives a smattering of the typical explanations for the Acolytes true purposes.

The character voices are still spot on and Michael Walsh’s art is nothing short of incredible. His work with Scully’s eyes in her moment of revelation can be felt through the page. The emotion conveyed just by the repetition in his panels sells the gravity of the moment in its entirety.

Walsh also hits a homerun with his depiction of certain X-Files tropes. Here, we’re treated to our first FBI debriefing in season 10. I couldn’t help but feel a chill of nostalgia run down my spine as I saw Walsh’s art inside the FBI. It’s perfect and brings the issue back to the glory years of the series.

Overall the conclusion remains true to the series but doesn’t offer much in the way of satisfaction. The ongoing narrative may roll off of this story in an attempt to bring serialization to the X-Files. There are still many loose ends at play by the end of this issue that makes me hopeful the series is heading that way.

In the final beat Harris reminds the reader of his command of this series. It’s a masterful tease at what’s to come and just what has changed since all of these familiar pawns were last in play. It’s the dawn of a new era for the X-Files and it couldn’t be brighter.

If this first arc is any indication Season 10 is off to an incredible start. Hopefully with a little more in the way of resolution the next arc will cement this series as a necessary read.

Rating: 3/5 Skulls.