Dedicated fans usually bemoan movie adaptations of their favorite television series (akin to the eternally obnoxious sayings, “the book was WAY better” or “that’s not even the best song on their album”). For me, the opposite was true. Although I had seen a number of episodes, it wasn’t until The X-Files: Fight the Future came out on the silver screen that I was convinced it was one of the best shows of the 90s.
Despite overstaying it’s television welcome and a dreadful follow up movie (with an equally awful title, I Want To Believe, ugh), the show maintains an ever present fan base. These fans, like myself, will be relieved to know IDW‘s five issue miniseries The X-Files Season 10 is a fantastic and reverent continuity of the characters and mythos.
In this series, the former Special Agent’s discreet, mundane lives in rural Virginia (Spotsylvania County, just south of Graphic Policy‘s northern Virginia headquarters) are shattered when the FBI database is hacked and a mysterious group begins targeting Deputy Director Skinner, Dr. Scully, and a child very close to her and Mulder. This group, known as the Acolytes, is an assemblage of beings determined to help bring about the alien re-population of planet earth, as eloquently theorized by a familiar cigarette-smoking individual. Is it all just another alien conspiracy theory, or are their lives in danger from forces not of this world?
It is apparent that IDW Publishing and writer Joe Harris went above and beyond to stay true to the series and deliver to the fans. After seeking Fox’s approval, Harris met with series’ creator Chris Carter who agreed to come on board as executive producer. The script pays homage to the TV series with witty dialogue from Mulder and well-timed appearances from Agent Doggett, The Lone Gunmen, and The Smoking Man. While I was afraid the alien conspiracy plot was going to be a ‘been there done that’ storyline, it turned out to be a perfect continuation of the show.
As much as I enjoyed this miniseries as a whole, I, unfortunately, was not a fan of the artwork. Michael Walsh‘s illustrations, while unique, lacked the gritty detail I was looking for in an X-Files comic (I still can’t pinpoint what I envisioned, maybe Ten Grand‘s Ben Templesmith?). There was also a couple reoccurring artistic decisions that bothered me, including a blue light shining out of the Acolyte’s eyes that looked like a misplaced icicle.
I was going to wait for the next and final issue to post a review, but I wanted to get this up to convince anyone on the edge that it’s worth it. Old and new fans alike will appreciate what Harris and Carter have done for the series.
Story: Joe Harris, Chris Carter Art: Michael Walsh
Story: 8.5 Art: 6 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review