Issue ten sees us stalking C. G. B. Spender, a.k.a. The Smoking Man, through his service with the US government. The series of flashbacks take us from the 1960s to the present.
Since his reappearance in issue 3, fans like myself have been wondering: [blackout]how the hell is this man still alive? The last we saw of him, he was taking a rocket to the face in the final episode of the TV series… A rocket to the face![/blackout] And while our questions have yet to be answered, this issue does make for an interesting read.
Taking us through events that weren’t covered in “Memories of a Cigarette Smoking Man” from season four of the TV series, we’re reintroduced to the extremely shady world that would later work against the likes of Fox Mulder. And what I found even more impressive was that the re-analysis of the relationship between Spender and Fox’s mother and father – it was explored to a nice degree of detail. Nothing too in your face and nothing that hadn’t already been put forward in the TV series.
Despite all the ground covered in this issue, we are no closer to understanding Spender’s role in what has been happening. Fans already knew that he was one of the key influencers for sending Mulder and Scully on the trajectory their lives have taken.
Mystery glasses man still remains mystery glasses man, though I’ve got theories on that one. But it’s fine, because the issue covers a lot of ground that those who haven’t seen the TV series or can’t remember it would need refreshers on. And does this all with the fabulously beautiful art of menton3 and Tony Moy.
This issue is definitely worth picking up. While more of a filler issue, Joe Harris has done a lovely job in reintroducing readers to a critical player in the X-Files mythos. My interest is peaked and I hope issue 11 continues this desire for me to want to read more.
Our reviewer bought their own copy of the comic. The X-Files Season 10 issue 10 is out now.