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The X-Files Season 10 Comic: Issue #15

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This issue concludes the five-part “Pilgrims” mini-series. It was a welcome installment after what I felt was a weak issue last month (click here for my review of issue 14). The writers were able to pull the storyline back together, answering some questions, and leaving some things unanswered, which is nothing more than what I would expect from the X-Files.

There is some interesting passing of consciousness and memories between incarnations of characters which I found quite interesting. This is somehow connected to alien abduction and some secret government experiments. Krychek and the smoking man both seem to have doppelgangers of sorts and parts of their memory is passed between these incarnations. I for one have always believed that while the flesh is temporary, it is consciousness which is eternal. I’m hoping this gets explored further in subsequent issues.

There was a nice touch at one point, where the smoking man is guiding Krychek in an attempt to spark his memory. Krychek remembers being taken to a secret facility where something was done to him, in a room marked 1013. Ten Thirteen is Chris Carter’s production company. It is named so for Chris Carter’s birthday, which is October 13. Friday, October 13, 1307 was also the date that the Knights Templar were arrested. Anyway, I thought that was a nice touch.

Next month begins a new chapter in the X-Files saga: “Immaculate Conceptions.” I look forward to it.

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The X-Files Season 10 Comic: Issue #12

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Issue 11 left Mulder and Scully in Saudi Arabia where they are investigating an alleged terrorist attack on an oil field (click here for my review of that installment). This issue continues where #11 left off. Mulder is with Alex Krychek, who was supposed to be dead, and Scully is questioning Dr. Eva Krause who was severely injured in the attack.

The story continues in classic X-Files manner, with lots of conspiracy, possible alien abduction, and shadowy persons. It seems that several people are infected with the black oil, which is an alien virus that figured prominently in the series, as well as the first X-Files movie. I won’t say any more about the general plot, other than I think it works very well.

I will share something from the comic that I found intriguing. The smoking man is talking to Mulder and Scully’s superior. He explains that they are privy to powerful knowledge which must be kept secret.

The secrets we’re privy to. The confidences we keep. They’re no small matter. Ours is a class privileged to the most wondrous… most ominous… most terrible knowledge. We’re keepers of the truth, after all… which is why we do our best to hide it away.

I guess deep down I believe in conspiracies, at least to an extent. I feel confident that governments, secret societies, and the like have knowledge that they choose to keep secret. Why? Because knowledge is power, and power is something that people do not like to share.

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The X-Files Season 10 Comic: Issue #10

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Wow! I just finished reading this issue and I feel like reading it again. It is excellent and embodies what I love about the X-Files.

The issue is subtitled More Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man and is comprised of a series of memories that the smoking man (C.G.B. Spender) was recalling while drafting a memoir of sorts. What these vignettes accomplish is connecting the X-Files mythos to historical events, such as the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Vietnam War. It works perfectly, blending the boundaries between fiction and reality.

The artwork is done in black and white with a yellow hue, which adds to the dreamlike quality of memory. There is one section where some color briefly seeps in, highlighting those scenes as an intensification of the memory and the emotion associated with it.

While all this is impressive on its own, what really blew me away while reading this were the short, thought-provoking quotes that permeate this issue, and there is no shortage of these. I’ll include a couple of them here.

“They say great men aren’t born that way. It’s what they do in response to great disappointment and failure that makes them so.”

I could not agree with this more. In our lives, we all face failure and disappointment, which leaves us with the choice of dealing with our failures with stoic resolve or descending into the pit of despair and self-loathing. I’ve certainly tested both paths in my lifetime, and I prefer the first.

“You might not realize it yet, but everything around us is a construct, and one day the truth will set you free.”

I think most of us recognize that history is a construct, but I sense here that the assertion is that reality itself is a construct. Reality is based upon perception, and perception can be manipulated and altered. If you accept this idea, then it is by no means a stretch to conclude that everything around us is nothing more than a construct. I am not expert on Buddhism, but I seem to recall reading a Buddhist tenet that said something similar to this.

The issue concludes with another great quote:

“Extraordinary men are always most tempted… by the most ordinary things.”

When I think of the things that have tempted me to make mistakes and poor choices in my life, they have all been pretty common things. I have not made poor choices as the result of some noble ideal.

As I said, this issue is flawless. If you are an X-Phile, then you must read this. There are lots of other things in here that I intentionally excluded from this post so as not to spoil it for you. I promise you will not be disappointed.

The truth is in this comic.

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