Love this issue!! It is the second part of a sub-tale which has the return of the infamous “flukeman.” (Click here for my review of the first installment.)
What the writers do in this issue, which I thought was brilliant, is tie the mutation story in with the events at Chernobyl. Essentially, one of the military first responders to the accident is sent down to clear sewage pipes at the accident site and trapped down there, hence being exposed to the radioactive fluke worms which results in his mutation. Mulder and Scully are both exposed, but the extent of their infection is not made clear at the end of the issue. In fact, it is left open to the possibility that there may be more to this story. That’s all I’ll share–I don’t want to spoil it for you.
This is everything that I love about the X-Files: science fiction, conspiracy theory, mystery, mutation, infection, all tied together with a slight touch of horror. Really, I could not find any flaw in this issue. The only complaint I have is that I have to wait a month for the next issue. 😉
The first five issues of this series are all tied to the same alien conspiracy theme. With issue #6, we have Mulder and Scully working on an actual x-file again, in this case, the return of the “flukeman,” which was one of the episodes that stood out for me from the original TV series.
Mulder and Scully are now officially reinstated as FBI agents and introduced to their new supervisor, Assistant Director Anna Morales. Morales lets the agents know that the political game has changed in Washington and that the agency needs to score points by closing cases. Hence, they are assigned to investigate a death on Martha’s Vineyard that is similar to the old flukeman case.
I have to say that this is my favorite issue so far. The previous ones, although good, were flawed in my opinion. They seemed intentionally obscure and took some creative liberties that were a little too much for my taste, but this one really works for me. The theme is true to the original X-Files and draws from the mythos, yet the story stands on its own. And the return of the flukeman is explained in a scientific and “plausible” manner, not like the weak resurrections of other characters (see my earlier reviews regarding the returns of the lone gunmen and the smoking man).
The issue ends on a nice cliffhanger and I confess I am eager to read the next installment. As I said, this issue stands on its own, so even if you have not read the previous ones, you could read this and not feel lost. I recommend it to any x-fan. Enjoy!
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