Review: The X-Files Annual 2016

XFiles_Annual_2016-CoverMulder uncovers rumors that the Jade Helm 15 exercises were a smokescreen for a shadow-government group to rendezvous with aliens. Mulder and Scully follow the trail to Mesa Verde in southern Colorado, where they meet skeptical natives and a man who believes he’s an alien, on their way to finding the truth.

For me, some of my favorite X-Files episodes have been the ones that are on the goofy end of things and wrap up in an episode. The lighthearted nature of those episodes always left me entertained and wanting more. For The X-Files Annual 2016 we get that sort of story courtesy of writer Andrew Aydin, the award-winning co-writer of the modern classic graphic novel March.

Joined by artist Gregg Scott (Carlos Valenzuela provides the cover), the issue feels to me like those fun standalone episodes. It’s fun and entertaining slightly touching on the greater X-Files world.

What I really like is Aydin’s use of his political perspective to give the annual a bit of an update. There’s the use of Jade Helm to drive the story, but beyond that Aydin adds a lot of small details like the use of Uber. Lets face it, The X-Files in today’s world would be much different than that of the 90s, and that’s touched upon a bit here.

Scott’s art is solid fun capturing the likeness of its characters and adding a lot to the mood and setting of the story. The comic has a slight comical vibe to it, like quite of a few of the standalone episodes, and the art matches that tone. It’s a good combination and it all works together.

This is a fun standalone issue that captures the magic of self-contained X-Files episodes while using recent events and giving things a bit of an update too. X-Files fans should enjoy this one and hopefully, we can see more down the road.

Story: Andrew Aydin Art: Gregg Scott Cover: Carlos Valenzuela
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review