By Victoria Irwin
X-Files Season 10 arrives with a familiar image; Agent Scully running for her life, desperately trying to leave a message for the FBI. Mulder and Scully may have stepped outside of their lives with the X-Files hidden in suburbia as the Blake family, but it does not mean the weird is willing to let them go. Having left the X-Files, Scully has opened a private practice and is enjoying her time as Dr. Blake. Mulder, meanwhile, skulks around writing his book and contemplating the mysteries of the universe. The newly promoted Deputy Director Skinner arrives to let the two know their hidden life may have been compromised by a very specific hacking of the FBI database. The two are suddenly taken from their quiet lives to fighting just to keep living.
Joe Harris does an excellent job of pacing the comic, keeping it in line with the feel of the much beloved television show. While the unexplained shadowy figures and creepy child with sunken eyes almost feel cliché, they pull the reader back into the mysterious world of Mulder and Scully. Harris also does a wonderful job of allowing us a peak into Scully’s emotional state over concern for her child. One very interesting idea was that the foes in this issue are also capable of scrambling phone technology so that messages are left in the wrong places.
Michael Walsh captures the now well known profiles of Mulder, Scully and Skinner with ease. Walsh is able to straddle both the world of innocent cartoony children and the strangely out of place serious faces of the FBI duo. Particularly creepy was his depiction of a child taken over, it’s eyes sunken and nightmarish.
The feel of the issue definitely matches the feel of the show. For the casual X-Files fan, this comic will be a good reminder of the past, while pushing forward to a continued future for new fans.