So this issue is pretty good, but if you have not been following the comic series, you’ll be totally lost. Basically, this special issue wraps things up about as neatly as can be done with the X-files, and also sets the stage for new adventures. It’s a little goofy, kind of fun, but nothing groundbreaking. But it was something at the very back of this issue that caught my attention.
The issue includes a bonus, which is an excerpt from an upcoming X-Files anthology entitled The X-Files: The Truth Is Out There. The book is supposed to be about 400 pages and will contain a rich collection of short stories featuring our friends Mulder and Scully. I did a little research online and here is some info I found out:
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back in a chilling collection of all-new tales of dark secrets, alien agendas, terrifying monsters and murderous madmen. Featuring original stories by bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Hank Philippi Ryan, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia, Greg Cox and many others. Edited by New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry (V-WARS).
The book is due out on March 10, 2016. I’m fairly certain I’ll be reading it.
Anyway, this X-mas Special includes one of the stories. It was pretty good, although I did have to overlook some typos which made the editor in me cringe. But typos aside, it was a nice bonus and piqued my interest in regard to the book.
Well, that’s about all I have to share on this one. I’m looking forward to the “X-Files Reopened” which should be starting up very soon. Hopefully I will be able to stream it on Hulu.
I confess that I was starting to get a little discouraged about the current X-Files comic arc, which is why I didn’t even bother writing about Issue #4. Thankfully, this issue is better.
Let me start by saying that I recently met Matthew Dow Smith, the comic’s artist, at the Asheville Comic Expo. I discussed the comic with him and was honest about my concerns regarding the seeming lack of direction. He shared something interesting with me that shed some light on things. The creative team had a plan on the direction the story would take, but then when the decision was made to move forward on the TV reboot, they were told they had to change the story and the timeframe. That explained a lot. With this in mind, there was a line in this issue that seems to hint at the struggles the creative team were dealing with.
Outside factors have sped up my plans. You’re no stranger to taking decisive action.
This issue also has a theme to it that I feel is both true and powerful—that key events in our lives and how we respond to those events has a significant impact on the course of our life. I can point to key events that have changed the course of my life and contributed to defining who I am as a person. So I want to conclude this post with two quotes that tie into this theme. The first appears early in the issue and the second appears toward the end.
You need to understand, it isn’t any one tragedy—or some single set of events—that makes someone who they are. It’s how we process them, rolling all of our experiences together—that informs the transformation and tests the measure of what we’re truly capable of.
It’s never one tragedy that defines us. We are each the product of myriad experiences—good, bad, and life-altering. While what we’re capable of is something we only learn in our worst moments. And which we save for our finest hour.
So I’m not sure where this story is going. Part 1 of Home Again was pretty good and got my hopes up, but this one was a bit of a let-down. I cannot help but feel like the writers are struggling to find their way, and that’s disappointing. I think that I feel even more disappointed with this issue because I just watched a really great X-Files episode with my daughter, one of the classics from Season 2 that features the alien bounty hunter (we’ve been watching the old series in anticipation for the reboot). Anyway, the contrast between the early television show and this issue is particularly stark. Of course, I will continue reading the series, but I feel less and less inclined spending my time reviewing the issues. So, unless the creative team ups their game, I am going to discontinue my regular reviews and only post occasionally when there is something worthwhile, kind of like I am doing with Witchblade (another arc that is struggling, in my opinion).
That’s all for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
As I mentioned in my review of Issue 1 of Season 11, the overarching storyline seems fragmented. And it still feels that way in this installment. But having said that, I confess that I enjoyed this issue.
This issue draws on an episode from the television series that was quite controversial when it aired. The TV episode was called “Home” and was the second episode of Season 4.
“Home” was the first episode of The X-Files to receive a viewer discretion warning for graphic content and the only to have carried a TV-MA rating upon broadcast. Critics were generally complimentary, and praised the disturbing nature of the plot; several made comparisons to the work of director David Lynch. Some reviewers nevertheless felt that the violent subject matter was excessive.
Creepy scene from “Home” episode.
The television episode was basically about the Peacock family, which practiced incestuous inbreeding to keep their family lineage pure. The result was disturbing, to say the least. So in this comic, titled “Home Again” Part 1, Mulder ends up at a secluded farmhouse where the surviving Peacock family has been regenerating. He is captured and informed that he has been chosen to “mate” with the grotesquely deformed mother of the clan.
What intrigues me about this comic is that it bodes well for a possible tie-in to the upcoming X-Files television reboot. It appears that in this season, the writers may be going back and using “unsolved cases” as inspiration for the issues. I really like that and hope that this is the intention. Also, on a personal note, the whole concept of inbreeding and the genetic deformities that result from it is kind of fresh in my mind after reading “The Lurking Fear” by H.P. Lovecraft. It’s kind of strange when things that you are reading have parallels or connections.
Anyway, if you are an X-phile, then you will probably enjoy this issue; if not, you might as well skip it. This is definitely written with a clear target audience in mind, one who is familiar with the X-Files mythos and who has been following the graphic series. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and comments.
So I am having mixed feelings about this issue. On one hand, being the X-phile that I am, I was glad to see that they are keeping the series going and hope that the comic will somehow tie into the upcoming television reboot. But I fear that the story may be getting too fragmented and convoluted, much like the television series toward the end of the initial run.
As I read this, I could not help thinking that there is just too much going on, too many loose ends, and not enough cohesion. Hey, I enjoy complex storylines with intricate weaving of subplots as much as the next nerd, but when I reached the end of this installment I found myself not really caring all that much and questioning whether it is worth my time and money to continue reading this series. For me, that is somewhat of an X-istential crisis (sorry, can’t help the puns).
I suppose I will continue reading this arc, at least for a little while. I really hope that the creative team has a vision and plans to bring the story together. I’d be sorely disappointed if they are just stringing the series along like what happened in the last couple seasons of the TV show.
More will be revealed.
This is a most excellent graphic novel, and even if you have not been following the X-Files graphic series, it is one that you can pick up and enjoy without knowing any back-story.
The annual is primarily a nice, self-contained tale about Mulder and Scully attending a high school reunion to investigate the disappearance of one of the students years back. There are some great twists and it is a fun, thought-provoking, and well-written story. It has all the charm and mystery of a classic X-Files episode. I’ll say no more, because to do so would be to spoil it, and I for one hate spoilers.
As an added bonus, this book contains a black-and-white excerpt from the upcoming Season 11 arc. I cannot help but wonder if the new arc will tie into the upcoming reboot of the television series. On one hand, it would be interesting if they did; but conversely, it would be nice to see a fresh start for the TV series. Either way, I will be psyched. I am a proud X-phile and will be happy either way.
Anyway, check out this issue and let me know what you think. Cheers!
This issue marks the end of the X-Files Season 10 arc. As a die-hard X-phile, I have to say that I enjoyed the series, although there were some installments which I felt missed the mark. But overall, it was worth reading.
In classic X-Files manner, this issue has both closure and leaves the door open for subsequent issues. It is also announced at the end that they are planning a Season 11 arc, which is due out in August. Of course, I will be reading that one when it comes out.
Whenever possible, I like to include a quote that stands out, without giving any spoilers. There is a great one from this issue I want to share.
It’s so difficult to hide things away these days. But if recent history is prologue at all… I’ve come to believe plain sight is the best place to do so.
I find some truth in this statement. In a digital information age, we are always looking deep into things and scrutinizing every occurrence, no matter how trivial. In this environment, it is often what lies in plain sight that is overlooked.
Anyway, that’s all for now. I suppose we will find out what Season 11 holds soon, as well as what is in store with the upcoming television reboot.
This issue is the fourth part of the “Elders” episode. It is a little challenging to follow, since there are several storylines occurring at once, which makes it even more difficult to write about in a blog post. It seems as if the creative team is bringing the threads together with the goal of tying the story up in the finale, which will be the next installment.
The next issue marks the finale of the “Elders” episode and the finale of the X-Files Season 10 arc. Twenty-five issues is a formidable run. I cannot help but wonder if they will start a new arc with new writers/artists and tie that in with the upcoming television series reboot, or if they are going to let this rest for a while. I suppose we will find out.
I really don’t have much else to say about this installment. I’ve really enjoyed this series and I look forward to seeing how the story concludes. Check back soon for my thoughts on the finale.
This issue is the third part of the “Elders” episode and really draws you deeper into the tale. It draws on key mythology associated with the X-Files while augmenting the saga with new layers of conspiracy and science fiction. In addition, the issue incorporates cyclical symbolism, which adds another level of complexity to the greater story and works very well, in my humble opinion.
But if Mulder’s own quixotic crusade has revealed anything over these years, it must have shown you… life is but a cycle… with a new beginning following each and every end.
I am very curious how all this will play out. I’m also curious as to whether Chris Carter will somehow tie this graphic series into the X-Files television reboot that was announced. I guess all we can do is follow the rabbit hole and see where it all leads. Thanks to reading, and feel free to share your thoughts.
I really love this series. It truly does justice to the television show which I thought was dark and brilliant.
In this issue, we discover that Jordan Black shares her father’s special abilities, but with a slight difference. While Frank glimpses visions of past events, Jordan glimpses the future. Jordan is now a member of the Millennium Group, and Frank, for obvious reasons, does not trust them or their motives. But when Jordan reveals the common purpose that has reunified the group, Frank appears to recognize the importance of what they are doing.
Our quarry goes by many names. Its role in history, as both a destroyer and a tempter of men, has been alluded to in art and song and campfire tales since humans first crawled from the soup and aspired to dominate the world around them. It has been both worshipped and loathed in many forms under as many names… but it enjoys the title of Legion as much as any these days… and the games it plays in order to secure the corruption it seeks are as legendary as the ruin that follows.
Because this is a spin-off from the X-Files comic, it is not surprising that Fox Mulder is in this issue also (he was in a couple of the previous ones too). But at the end of this installment, Mulder encounters a person who was one of the creepiest characters to ever haunt the television screen: Lucy Butler. If you need a refresher on who Lucy is, or if you have never seen the original series, here are a couple short videos to check out.