I was never a big fan of the Transformers. I watched the cartoon a few times and kept thinking that I should like it, but I never did. I also thought the movies were terrible. In spite of that, I thought this comic was pretty good.
Basically, two of the Transformers, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, assist the Lone Gunmen in gathering information about Skylogic Systems, the company that supposedly engineered the virus. ( I know, it sounds like Skynet, right?) There are explosions, humorous dialog, and so forth, but nothing earth-shattering.
There is one part, though, that made me laugh. Langly is criticizing Frohike for publishing the recent events of the conspiracy on their web-zine, saying that it might be too far-fetched.
Frohike: But it’s the truth!
Langly: We know that. But think about it. Mutated man-turtles? Ghost hunters? Time travel? I think even Mulder would have a hard time believing, and that’s saying something.
Yes, like Mulder, we all want to believe. But sometimes you just need to suspend belief and enjoy yourself, let your imagination go, which is what I am doing with this Conspiracy mini-series.
So I found this issue to be kind of silly and I have to say that it appears that the rest of the six-part miniseries is heading down that path. That’s kind of disappointing to me, especially since the first installment was really promising. But the truth is, I did not have high expectations. Once I saw that the Lone Gunmen were the main characters, I suspected that it would meander into the realm of the ridiculous.
In this installment, the Gunmen interview the Ghostbusters in an attempt to gather clues regarding the pandemic viral outbreak. The events are as silly as the Ghostbusters film, complete with an ectoplasmic scientifically modified pink ghost. Now don’t get me wrong—I love the Ghostbusters. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen the film, and if I was flipping through channels and it was on, I’d watch it again. I just don’t see how a comic that calls itself an X-Files comic can have Ghostbusters but no Mulder or Scully. To me it feels like a marketing ploy.
So what do we have to look forward to in the next couple issues? The Lone Gunmen meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After that, the Lone Gunmen meet the Transformers. It’s true; I can’t make this stuff up. Yeah, I’ll keep reading the series, but only for amusement’s sake. I’m OK with reading for entertainment once in a while.