I’ve been a fan of The X-Files since its inception way back in 1993 all the way through the lackluster 2008 movie I Want To Believe, so any news of new X-Files anything usually gets me excited.Well, IDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products have just announced that they will be releasing a 10th season of The X-Files….in comic book form.
I’m not really a fan of this idea. I tried reading the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic book a few years ago and it just didn’t do it for me. There’s something about seeing these characters from a TV show you fell in love with on TV, or the big screen. In comic form, all the rules change, and characters typically don’t have the same quirks and personality traits they did in the show, probably because instead of being embodied by an actor who adds those traits, the characters now just exist in the mind or a writer who doesn’t quite get their nuances. Not to mention I just can’t see paying over $3 for a comic book. (Hey, I’m old school, when comics used to sell for under a buck!) In any event, here’s the press release:
Fans of The X-Files and the paranormal exploits of Special Agents Mulder and Scully are in for a treat! During Emerald City Comic-Con, IDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced the creative team for their upcoming comics based on the legendary television series. The entire project will be executive produced by THE X-FILES creator Chris Carter, who is returning in an active role to help steer his characters back to the forefront of popular culture once again.
THE X-FILES: SEASON 10 will be written by Joe Harris, writer of the acclaimed series Great Pacific, with art and colors by the Comeback team of artist Michael Walsh and colorist Jordie Bellaire. Issue #1 will feature covers by Dave Johnson, Joe Corroney, and Carlos Valenzuela, along with a classic photo image of Mulder and Scully.
“It was already an incredibly exciting prospect to tell stories set after the second THE X-FILES movie, especially after Joe Harris worked up such a great plan in that regard,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “But my excitement level went off the charts after a meeting with Chris Carter, where he agreed to come aboard and executive produce our Season 10. In much the same way Joss Whedon steered our Angel: After the Fall series, Chris has graciously returned to do the same here. What do THE X-FILES look like in this increasingly paranoid and untrusting post-Wikileaks era? Well, they look like canon to me… and come June, the rest of the world will be able to see it for themselves, too.”
In the opening story arc, “Believers,” readers will catch up with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, living normal lives together under secret identities. However, a visit from an old friend threatens to rip them from suburban anonymity, as they learn that someone is preying upon everyone involved in THE X-FILES. Prepare to revisit familiar faces—some very unexpected, threats old and new, and an intriguing mystery designed to return the beloved franchise to its former glory!
THE X-FILES: SEASON 10 launches this June when fans everywhere can enjoy a new supernatural experience.
THE X-FILES: SEASON 10 #1 (FC, 32 pages, $3.99). In stores 6/19/13
My final two cents: while the premise does intrigue me, I’d much rather see it as a third sequel which just might wash away the painful memories of I Want to Believe….