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THE X-FILES #5 - Ishmael, Part 2

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THE X-FILES #5 - Ishmael, Part 2

Post by sir on Wed 4 May - 11:56

XFN Exclusive: IDW's The X-Files #5 Cover Reveal!





Take an exclusive peek of the cover to IDW's The X-Files #5! Beautifully designed by Menton3, two of our favorites take front and center: Scully AND Queequeg! Oh... but here come the questions, where is Daggoo???

The issue is written by Harris as always, art by Currie and colors by Bellaire and it comes out in August! Click on the image to enjoy it in full detail!

Thanks to IDW Publishing for the treat!

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PREVIEW: THE X-FILES #5






STORY BY Joe Harris

ART BY Andrew Currie

COLORS BY Sebastian Cheng

LETTERS BY Chris Mowry

COVER BY menton3

PUBLISHER IDW

COVER PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE DATE Aug 24th, 2016



Ishmael, Part 2 of 2: Agent Scully finds herself the target of a stalker, who also threatens to reveal a dark family secret that she’s even kept from her trusted partner Agent Mulder.



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Comic Book Review – The X-Files #5

August 24, 2016 by Tony Black

Tony Black reviews The X-Files #5…



Ishmael, Part 2 of 2: Agent Scully finds herself the target of a stalker, who also threatens to reveal a dark family secret that she’s even kept from her trusted partner Agent Mulder.


Quite a radical issue in terms of challenging established series continuity, The X-Files continues its new run under writer Joe Harris with part two of ‘Ishmael’, a story which promised much but ultimately, sadly, delivers little. There’s a genuine sense throughout this issue that a major piece of storytelling or clarification is missing, certainly from a narrative perspective, which would have made this look into the secret history of William Scully more compelling. Harris, to his credit, intentionally tries to leave the story ambiguous, and that’s certainly in the tone and vein of Chris Carter’s show, but this feels like one of those maddening episode that teases a lot and then doesn’t stick the landing. You may come out the end of ‘Ishmael’ wishing for a more substantial, substantive X-Files story.

At the end of part one, Dana Scully was in dire straits; her car had rolled, she was in a perilous situation, as a crazed stalker with a major connection to what appeared to be an affair William Scully had with a woman he met during his time serving in Vietnam, was hunting here. The stalker, Marvin Kells, certainly seems to have shades of Duane Barry in how he’s drawn here by Andrew Currie, who again gives a brighter and more openly expressive approach to drawing the series, but there are no alien connections to this story. Indeed you may still by the end be left wondering precisely who Kells is and what supernatural element he retains. Harris’ writing is uncertain – is he channeling William Scully? Some kind of psychic connection?

It’s maddeningly open to interpretation and it feels as if Harris just leaves things too wide, without that emotional component the Scully family mystery deserved. We do get some nice moments as Mulder enlists Skinner to help him expose the stalker, through the Moby Dick connection which gives the issue its name, but the majority of the issue involves Scully reacting to Kells’ strange behaviour. The point is, whatever Harris intended the issue to read in terms of the villain here and his connection to Scully doesn’t track in the way it could have, or should have, and while full of atmospheric and strange panels, the story never quite lands as a satisfying, told two issue tale.

Props to Joe Harris for trying something different in this outing for The X-Files, and ‘Ishmael’ as a combined story definitely eschews the traditional investigation tale to try and connect to Scully in a brave way, but the escalation and build up of the mystery fails to pay off in a satisfying, emotional manner. It’s a shame because I’d like to see Harris continue experimenting with different kinds of cases. This one, though looking good with some strong artwork, just doesn’t click. Next up, it’s mytharc territory so hopefully the run can get back onto firing in all cylinders.

Rating: 5/10

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Post by sir on Wed 24 Aug - 16:58

THE X-FILES #5 REVIEW


Nick Nafplioti  24, 2016




Our deep dive into Dana Scully’s past continues (and concludes) this week with Part 2 of the Ishmael story arc.

Is it good?

TheX-Files #5 (IDW Publishing)




Observations

This dude stalking Scully just went from John Hinckley to Buffalo Bill on the creepiness scale.

Mulder and Skinner arguing over FBI procedures and classic literature is strangely enjoyable.

Even when she’s justifiably scared out of her mind, Scully is still a doctor first.
What’s going on? Why is the stalker guy acting like that?

Uh…what?

Is It Good?

The X-Files #5 gets a lot of points for its style. The antagonist is terrifying, the dialogue is great, and the narrative pacing is outstanding.

Unfortunately, the actual substance of the story is severely lacking.

I’m guessing (and hoping) that more will be revealed at some point down the road. But as it stands now, the memory of Dana’s father has been retconned to include an exceptionally tragic chapter for the sake of a plot point that never gets resolved or explained.

To writer Joe Harris’ credit, he does a phenomenal job portraying the pain and heartache Admiral Scully’s actions have caused, all while still maintaining a small shred of sympathy for the man.

But instead of giving us a good reason for what happened in the past and our current story, we’re left with one of the most frustratingly vague antagonists and conclusion you could imagine. Perhaps Harris was going for a parallel about how unfair it feels to not understand why good people do awful things to hurt each other, but it just ends up feeling like a flimsy narrative cheat.

On the art side of things, Andrew Currie is wildly inconsistent. His scenes with Scully and her stalker (and the flashbacks) are beautiful. His scenes with Mulder and Skinner….not so much. It almost looks like two completely different artists did them.

I want to like this story more than I do. The good aspects are fantastic. But I just can’t get over the hollow ending and shifting quality of art.

Call me disappointed.

The Good

Fantastic atmosphere, great dialogue, exceptional pacing.

The Bad

Unfortunately, it masks a story that has very little substance behind it.

The art is wildly inconsistent depending on which characters are being drawn.


Average 5.5

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