X-Files Season 10 #1 Review

by Rob Caprilozzi

Review by: Mike Peluso

Writer: Joe Harris
Artist: Michael Walsh
Publisher: IDW
Release Date: June 19th 2013

Synopsis: For years they investigated the paranormal, pursued the "monsters of the week," and sought the truth behind extraterrestrial activity, along with the grand conspiracy surrounding it rooted deep within their own government. But when AGENTS MULDER and SCULLY reunite for a new, ongoing series that ushers THE X-FILES into a new era of technological paranoia, multinational concerns and otherworldly threats, it'll take more than a desire "to believe" to make it out alive. The X-Files: Season 10 also sees creator Chris Carter return to the fold as Executive Producer!

Our Thoughts: The 90’s wasn’t particularly the greatest decade for quality Science Fiction pop culture. The era was littered with obnoxiously persistent sequels (minus the Critters movies, an admitted guilty pleasure of mine) and astrologically nonsensical television such as "Sea quest 2032" and "Star Trek Deep Space whatever the hell it's called"! The Sci-Fi television trend back then was unoriginal, bland and downright hard to watch. There are yet a few exceptions of quality Science Fiction that can be brought to mind from the age of Seattle Grunge and Rebok Pumps. Those include shows such as the USA channels "Swamp Thing" series, or movie sequels such as "Predator 2". But beside from a couple absurd oddities there really wasn't anything science fictionally ground breaking. That was until September 10th 1993, when a nation dove off a 200 foot cliff head first into the unit known as: The X-Files.

Chris Carter's masterful series about a couple FBI agents assigned to chase nothing but unexplained phenomena took prime time audiences by storm and made even the most diehard of skeptic’s, believe. So, now true X-Files fans we have our long awaited return of our favorite supernatural sleuths, Fox Mulder and Danna Scully in IDW's comic new book series "X-Files Season 10"! Does "X-Files Season 10” #1 pull you in and make you believe on the same level as an episode from the beloved series? No, not exactly. "X-Files Season 10" #1 starts face paced and full throttle. Dana is stalked by a hooded group of glowing eyed menaces as she's trying to contact FBI headquarters for help. The questions arise as to who are these ominous predators and what do they want with Ex-Agent Scully? And that's about where the excitement in this issue is concluded. Don't get me wrong. It's been 14 years since the last season of X-Files so to take time out to catch people up to speed with our protagonists is more than essential. I just see this series feeling a bit lethargic in comic book form. Prolonged story piecing in the television series brought great suspense and light to an intelligently written show; I just think similar buildups won't hold the same attention and excitement in this format.

"X-Files Season 10" #1 truly felt like an episode of the series translated into graphic novel form. I just feel not every TV series or movie that entertains can follow suit in the form of a comic book. I truly hope as the series goes on that I become pleasantly surprised and only then will IDW make me once again, believe in the X-Files.

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