I have really fond memories of my first encounter with the Flukeman or as we lovingly call him, Flukie. To the regular people, like my mom, having endearing feelings over a humanoid flatworm would sound, lets say, outlandish, but not to the avid X-Files fan. Is not only the fact that we all have this kind of shared "guilt" over the fact that his sole existence relies on the aftermath of human kindâ€™s cruelty to Mother Earth, but also because it reminds us of a "simple" time, back when we were fresh faced about this show and just sinking our teeth into the marvelous universe that was The X-Files.
The first seasons of our beloved show seems like twenty years ago. Oh, wait.
Having said that, with The X-Files: Season 10 comics taking a stab at this classic character, the natural reaction is to approach with caution, but also with an open mind.
Issue #6 is written by Joe Harris, featuring Art by Elena Casagrande and covers by Carlos Valenzuela and Menton3 and is the first part of two that will explore this storyline in a "Monster-of-the-Month" model that steps away from the conspiracy scheme.
Mulder and Scully have been reinstated to the FBI, an important step for them, especially when they have to walk down memory lane and figure out where they stand in this new situation. They come back to a now Deputy Director Skinner and their new direct supervisor, the clean cut Assistant Director Anna Morales.
Right away we can see the touch of Harris' pen when it comes to figuring out the current political landscape. His talent to navigate the Washington game shines through in quick lines and clever visual language and it serves as a great tool to mark the difference between the time we last saw Mulder and Scully at an FBI office in IWTB and today.
Morales has an interest in new and old X-Files that haven't been "close", a term that irks Mulder because traditionally an X-File is not a done deal. This is how the Flukeman case lands on their laps again. A series of disappearances have taken place in Martha's Vineyard, all showing the same characteristics of the previously documented attacks.
Scully examines the remains of the original Flukie in Quantico while Mulder visits the beach town and does some researching on his own. They discover more than a couple of alarming things: the amputated body of the parasite regenerates, springing the humanoid flatworm back to life on Scully's end and Mulder finds multiple victims with exit wounds that point out to their bodies being used as hosts. They've been stashed away and bound, suggesting that someone with more fine skills than a mutant may be involved.
It all gets even more complicated when Scully suggests that if the genetically altered flatworms have exited so many hosts, and they have such powers of regeneration, it could mean that there could be a LOT of flukies out there, leaving us with a creppy cliffhanger for the next part.
The previous issues have been criticized because they've brought back formerly "dead" characters, though I have to say that just like Mulder suggests, no one really said that Flukeman was gone for good. The first look into this storyline is almost crammed with information that ironically enough leaves you wishing that you could live in this universe a bit longer; it is a complicated transition as they get their bearings and rejoin the FBI, which was another controversial point of the cliffhanger the previous five-parter.
Regardless of you agreeing or not that they should be reinstated, it makes me wonder if it would have been preferable to have a transitional issue where we have a longer look at their return to the FBI. I'm a sucker for that bureau dynamic and I'm sure that Harris would have enjoyed it as well, based on his work on Great Pacific.
I liked the banter in this one, you can recognize that sober sarcasm that was part of Scully's sense of humor and much like the original episode, Mulder's curiosity is portrayed very well. I enjoyed Casagrande's work; definitely different from the previous issues and fitting with the change of mood, I particularly enjoyed the use of shadows on the sewer scenes. Valenzuela's cover art is great as always and I'm looking forward to seeing how this Monster-of-the-Month will resolve in issue #7.
The X-Files: Season 10 - Issue #6 is out in stores now. Pick up a copy at your nearest comic book shop, or download via Comixology.
When the storyline for ''Believers'' started with the premiere issue of The X-Files: Season 10 comics, we knew that we were in for a wild ride. It's daunting, really daunting, to approach a subject matter such as the mythology of The X-Files.
The fifth issue came out today and with it the last episode of this particular story arc, but instead of giving closure to situations and wrapping everything up in a tight, pretty green bow, Joe Harris and Chris Carter have opened more than half a dozen doors to situations that promise to keep us entertained for a long time to come, leaving us salivating for more.
Well played, Mr. Harris. Well played.
Click after the jump for the complete review.
Featuring a gorgeous cover by Sam Shearon, and including Topps Comics, issues #10-19, you’ll be sure to enjoy this blast from the past with stories such as "Feelings of Unreality," "One Player Only," "Home of the Brave," "Night Lights," and more.
Available now, this is a must-have for any X-Phile’s collection. The collection is available in both digital and paperback editions.
Enjoy our preview and relive some fond 90s memories after the jump.
I want to make sure that if you’re reading this review of The X-Files: Season 10 – Issue #4, you have already gone and read it yourself. You have? Yes? Phew, okay, because it’s about to get really “spoilerific” from now on.
I’ll begin my review by talking about the fantastic and varied work that the artists commissioned to develop these covers have been doing. Carlos Valenzuela never disappoints with his artistry to portray the likes of Gillian Anderson with a lot of detail, and neither does Nick Percival, with a composition that captures the subtext of Mulder’s emotional state. This month we also have a fantastic rendition by the Sharp Brothers of the whole X-Files gang being chased by the Great Mutato from The Post Modern Prometheus in Scooby Doo fashion.
One thing is certain about these comics; the people involved are surely having a lot of fun.
If you have been following the series, this is the fourth part out of five in the first case to be developed in this new season. “Believers” tackles the mythology of the show upfront and personal, and in this issue the stakes keep on climbing.
We have to admit to be on the edge of our seat every 3rd week of the month these days; a new issue of The X-Files: Season 10 rolls in and we get to follow the intricate story that the folks at IDW Publishing are delivering by the great talents of Joe Harris and Michael Walsh, watched closely by Chris Carter himself.
This month includes five different covers by Carlos Valenzuela, Nick Percival and a very clever one by The Sharp Brothers that resembles a Scooby Doo scene with all The X-Files gang!
Issue #4 comes out September 18th, and we can tell you that the series continues to be greatly engaging. This is the fourth of a five-part storyline, but the series won't stop there; they're anticipating already a few MOTW stories to come.
But onto the matter at hand: for those of you that want to remain unspoiled until you get your issue tomorrow, either at your local comic store or through Comixology, don't worry, we'll give you a brief evaluation of this month's issue today and a full review tomorrow. We know how our X-Philes like to keep the anticipation brewing!
The story continues discovering more and more details of the conspiracy behind the mysterious government run drilling and the acolytes. The game pieces begin to fit into place as Mulder pursues the investigation in hopes to save Scully from her captors and weâ€™re sure that you will enjoy the nods to classic X-Files situations that made us love the show.
The filmmaker in me pictured a couple of scenes so clearly, continuing with the very cinematic style that they've gotten us used to, and still keeping in place with the comic style that they have adopted for the series. We're very pleased by the way that the story has been laid out, and are indeed intrigued to see how the seeds planted in previous issues come to a full bloom by the time we get to issue #5.
The X-Files: Season 10 "Believers" 4 of 5 is out in stores on September 18th.
Come back tomorrow for a full, spoiler-filled review. Click after the jump for a preview of the first couple of scenes of this month's issue.