First-up: please go and watch the TV series and films. You’ll be missing out on a lot if you don’t do this first, as this new comics series follows the chronology of the TV series and the films – yes, both of them. The X-Files: Season 10 #1 starts off after a heck of a lot has happened.
Mulder and Scully have moved on again after the events of the second film, but still doing what they do best – Scully’s still a doctor, Mulder’s still spooky, but they’re the Blakes these days. For their part they are doing their best to live reasonably normal lives rather than being hermits.
Joe Harris (Legends of The Dark Knight, Rise of the Black Lanterns) doesn’t waste any time in setting up the main plot point of this comic – that the isolated lives Scully and Mulder have been trying to live since their last on-screen outing can be torn away from them at any moment. It doesn’t take too many cards to be taken away for their entire house of cards (read: world) to come crashing down around them.
Like an X-File itself, everything has started off with a lot of mystery and suspense. We’ve got hooded figures with blue eyes, but it’s not clear who or what they’re after at this point. And we won’t know until at least the next issue, but I can say for now that they don’t remind me of anything Mulder, Scully or any of their associates have encountered during the series and films.
The piling of peril, however, is interwoven with some sweet moments of humour – Harris does at least achieve a balance. Mulder’s sense of humour, which has always reminded me a bit of Bill Hicks, manages to work its way in offering us a chance to breathe before things become all very serious and a matter of life or death.
The art style of Michael Walsh, which occupies main pages, is not necessarily what I would have chosen: it’s more impressionistic than realistic, characters and backgrounds are rough around the edges. If you were expecting an art style that’s at all like the previous comics published during the show’s initial run, which allowed for clear lines, you won’t find that here. I’m unsure at this time if I like the style, it’s not so impressionistic as to be like 30 Days of Night, but it’s on the way there and considering it’s a continuation of a TV series the lack of clarity in the art is leading me to feel a slight disconnect from the events.
Worth a read?
If you’re a fan of The X-Files, then yes – Season 10 #1 is definitely worth a read and definitely if you felt that there was always more to be told about the story of our favourite FBI agents. Of course once you’ve read this issue you will probably, like me, be eager to get on reading the next issue. At this point I’m hoping they bring in a lot (some is already confirmed) from the surrounding universe – from both The Lone Gunmen and Millennium.
Issue one of The X-Files: Season 10 is out now and should be available from services like Comixology, however you may find it difficult getting your hands on a physical copy. I bought my own digital copy of the comic. Also: if you’re buying from Comixology, you may need to use the search term “season 10” to find it – some people have found it near impossible to spot using the term “X-Files” as it seems to bring-up lots of X-Men comics!