Sunday, March 13, 2016

X-Files: Season 11 Volume 1

Harris, J. (2016). The X-Files: Season 11, Volume 1. IDW Publishing.

Adult / Adult for YA / Graphic Novel / Sci-Fi

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Blurb: For years, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully toiled in the X-Files Unit, a one-office division of the Bureau dealing with cases deemed unsolvable and related to unexplained phenomena. Eventually, both agents left the FBI and began a new life together in peaceful anonymity. However, recent events prompted them to return to the Bureau and the X-Files.

Since then, Mulder has seen his work with the FBI discredited and has found himself a fugitive from the U.S. government―all thanks to the mechanizations of a former ally, Gibson Praise, who now wields powers far beyond even what Mulder can imagine. Meanwhile, Scully remains at the FBI under the watchful eye of Gibson, as she works to prevent the government from falling further into his clutches and to clear her partner’s name.


HALL WAYS REVIEW: Let me start by saying I am an old school X-Files fan. I faithfully watched the TV series years ago, and that's where I left it. Didn't see the movie, didn't watch the new episodes just out -- and maybe that's why I really liked this graphic novel.  I thought the illustrations, by artist Matthew Dow Smith, were well-done and most of the time, I could really tell what was going on.  I didn't initially recognize Mulder (he was in disguise, after all), and I wasn't sure if the initial redheaded woman was Scully, but once they were ID'd, I was good. Other familiar characters were easier to recognize, and I enjoyed seeing them show-up. I could practically hear the commercial break music at the end of each story.

The stories were well-written, but some of them were a little confusing, and there was a bit of time jumping so events weren't chronological.  I think had I read the prior installment (or didn't have a 20 year gap since watching the show), I would have had an easier time. 

As with any X-Files episode, there are a lot of things going on but enough hints that readers should be able to know what to file away for later.  I was very surprised when the volume ended, and I think I will likely start reading these as they come out. 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eBook copy of this book in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joe Harris is the writer of the creator-owned sci-fi adventure series, "Great Pacific" and the forthcoming "Snowfall" for Image Comics, as well as "Ghost Projekt," "Spontaneous," "Wars In Toyland" and the upcoming "Death Defied" for Oni Press.

Since 2013, Harris has penned the fan-favorite continuation of the paranormal investigations of Agents Mulder and Scully in "The X-Files: Season 10" along with the brooding adventures of profiler Frank Black in "Millennium," for IDW. 

A screenwriter and filmmaker, Joe conceived and co-wrote the Sony Pictures horror movie, "Darkness Falls" after his short film, "Tooth Fairy" was acquired by Revolution Studios and developed for feature release, along with "The Tripper," a political slasher movie co-written with David Arquette.

A native New Yorker, he lives in Manhattan. 
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