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Post by jade1013 on Wed 22 Jun - 9:30

Also in October... we commence our first, true "Mytharc" story, "Came Back Haunted." We've got big, slow-rolling plans that start right here.

The X-Files #6
Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)
"Came Back Haunted," Part 1 of 4: A thwarted attack puts a community of refugees at risk, but when a connection to a recent mall shooting is found, Mulder and Scully must determine the cause of the violent outbreaks, why the government is covering it up, and just what the connection to old secrets they'd believed dead and buried really is.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The X-Files #6 -- Photo Variant
Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • photo (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
•Executive produced by The X-Files creator Chris Carter!
•The first part of a brand new "Mytharc" connecting X-Files conspiracies old and new begins here!
•Ask your retailer about the variant graphic cover!








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The X-Files #6 Variant

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"Came Back Haunted," Part 1 of 4.

A thwarted attack puts a community of refugees at risk, but when a connection to a recent mall shooting is found, Mulder and Scully must determine the cause of the violent outbreaks, why the government is covering it up, and just what the connection to old secrets they'd believed dead and buried really is.

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Post by sir on Sat 17 Sep - 11:33

The X-Files returns next week with issue #6 -- the kickoff of our first, real "Mytharc" in the new series! Major new character will be introduced with future ramifications for both Mulder and Scully seeded. We've got a big plan to roll out around this story (you might recognize some of the elements from our highly cryptic opening issue, "Active Shooter" too).
@13thDimensionComics has the preview. The X-Files #6 drops next week, 9/21 from a returning Matthew Dow Smith, Jordie Bellaire and (for better or worse) still me:
“Came Back Haunted,” Part 1 of 4: A thwarted attack puts a community of refugees at risk, but when a connection to a recent mall shooting is found, Mulder and Scully must determine the cause of the violent outbreaks, why the government is covering it up, and just what the connection to old secrets they’d believed dead and buried really is.



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Post by jade1013 on Mon 19 Sep - 20:18

‘Came Back Haunted’ gets underway in preview of The X-Files #6

September 20, 2016 by Gary Collinson

The new story arc ‘Came Back Haunted’ gets underway in The X-Files #6 this Wednesday, and we’ve got a preview of the issue for you here…















Came Back Haunted,” Part 1 of 4: A thwarted attack puts a community of refugees at risk, but when a connection to a recent mall shooting is found, Mulder and Scully must determine the cause of the violent outbreaks, why the government is covering it up, and just what the connection to old secrets they’d believed dead and buried really is.

The X-Files #6 is out on September 21st, priced $3.99.



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[PREVIEW] THE X-FILES #6

This is the X-Files at its best…The first part of a brand new “Mytharc” connecting X-Files conspiracies old and new begins here!


The X-Files #6

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)
“Came Back Haunted,” Part 1 of 4: A thwarted attack puts a community of refugees at risk, but when a connection to a recent mall shooting is found, Mulder and Scully must determine the cause of the violent outbreaks, why the government is covering it up, and just what the connection to old secrets they’d believed dead and buried really is.
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Post by sir on Tue 20 Sep - 14:19

THE X-FILES #6 REVIEW





After the conclusion to last month’s stylish, yet ultimate disappointing tale, IDW’s The X-Filesembarks on a brand new story arc with the main creative team of Joe Harris (w) and Matthew Dow Smith (a).


Is it good?

The X-Files #6 (IDW Publishing)

 


Observations




  • Yeah… the timing of this opening scene (with regard to real world events) is more than a little unfortunate.

  • Always suspect the kid who stares at everyone all weird before creeping out of the house. ALWAYS!

  • Humanitarian or not, I really don’t like the vibe this guy is giving off.

  • Geez. This creepy kid has ninja-like trespassing skills.

  • Okay, now the kid doesn’t seem so creepy anymore.

  • The woman grabbing his head sure does, though.

  • Yikes. Someone tell Mulder to change out his contact lenses.


Is It Good?



Eh…kind of.


This issue falls into a familiar routine for Joe Harris’ scripts: An intriguing set up supported by fantastic dialogue, but ultimate undercut by a lack of narrative cohesion.


Now that’s not to say Harris won’t pull it all together. He often does by the end of a story arc. As a single issue, however, The X-Files #6 feels like the place we should be after the first commercial break instead of the end of a chapter. We’re given scant information about a major thing happens to one or the main characters. We also have a frustratingly thin connection between a piece of ancient folklore and what this volume’s big supernatural twist will be. It’s interesting, but not well seeded enough to keep from feeling unfocused and random.


That being said, Harris’ dialogue (as always) helps keep things afloat. It’s also nice to see artist Matthew Dow Smith dive back into these characters again, particularly in how they react and interact with the poor family caught in the middle of everything.


Speaking of that, I appreciate Harris’ sympathetic viewpoint of the Muslim family that is featured in this issue, especially with how hostile the political/cultural climate in our country has become. But as gripping as the opening scene is, I think he’ll also lament its timing coming out this week. Hopefully, it doesn’t overshadow the larger message—the ugliness, frustration, and pain caused when we make unfair assumptions about large groups of people due the terrible acts of a few psychotic outliers.



The Good


Great art from Matthew Dow Smith (as usual)Great dialogue from Joe Harris (as usual)


The Bad


The story's intrigue is also very thin on seeding and explanation. It feels like we should be at the first commercial break instead of the end of the first chapter.



Average: 6

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Post by sir on Wed 21 Sep - 3:25

Comic Book Review – The X-Files #6
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 BY TONY BLACK 0 COMMENTS




Tony Black reviews The X-Files #6…

the x-files 6“Came Back Haunted,” Part 1 of 4: A thwarted attack puts a community of refugees at risk, but when a connection to a recent mall shooting is found, Mulder and Scully must determine the cause of the violent outbreaks, why the government is covering it up, and just what the connection to old secrets they’d believed dead and buried really is.

In playing within the sandbox of the revival series, The X-Files comics from Joe Harris and artist Matthew Dow Smith (and the team at IDW) have to tread a fine line when it comes to playing in the mythology sandbox, and ‘Came Back Haunted’, part one of a promised five-part epic, the first this new series has tackled, doesn’t play its cards too heavily up front; indeed if you didn’t know the story was touching on the ‘mytharc’, so named amongst X-Philes as concerning the labyrinthian alien mythology Chris Carter has crafted over the last near half-century, you wouldn’t necessarily think Harris’ issue here was existing in that sphere. This introductory tale establishes a strange, if not necessarily overtly paranormal problem, and places a few key pieces on the board before building to more of a creepy, unnerving cliffhanger than one you would associate with mythology. In doing so, it’s perhaps immediately the most intriguing tale in this run to date.

Much like almost all of the stories thus far in this revival series, Harris chooses to try and ground the narrative in a real-world concern, in this case the refugee problem surging across Europe and beyond from the Middle East. The opening mysterious death may have shades of the deeply problematic S10 episode ‘Babylon’, but suffers none of that episode’s hackneyed approach to the Islamic extremist issue; we have a case Mulder & Scully are placed on by Skinner which not only has strange elements, but also has a political angle given the presence of Firus Ben-Brahim, the CEO of a humanitarian corporation who have a vested interest in the dead man at the outset—Qasim Fayed—and the refugee issue as a whole.

Skinner, like in the good old days, is caught in the middle of an X-File and FBI appeasement of a political situation, but Mulder is less captivated by Ben-Brahim than he is the Eastern European mystery central to the enigma of why Fayed did what he did, and what it means. Not to spoil too much, but there’s a tether to the first issue, ‘Active Shooter’, which suggests Harris has been playing a long-game in his storytelling and may have a Carter sanctioned corner of the mythology his series will be playing in. If that’s true, it’s incredibly exciting in terms of where this story may go.

Though it is firmly an exercise in establishing the main players, the central mystery and connecting up to the new mythology Harris is playing with in his comic, ‘Came Back Haunted’ is an effective opening issue which blends a return for Dow Smith lending his own brand of edgy, grainy panels which add a real sense of dripping atmosphere to The X-Files world (after the colour & brightness of ‘Ishmael’), mixed with a creepy mystery loaded with a real-life connective to global geopolitics and the humanitarian crisis which, like many good X-Files, keeps it with one foot in the real world. A solid beginning for a story that, certainly judging by the cliffhanger, is going to some exciting places.

Rating: 7/10

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Post by sir on Mon 26 Sep - 4:40

THE X-FILES #6 - CAME BACK HAUNTED - RECAP AND REVIEW



“Came Back Haunted” kicks off what promises to be an exciting ride in part one of a five-part series.  Though mainly a setup for what’s to come, the issue is fast-paced and has a foot placed solidly in current events, tethering the forthcoming myth arc to reality.

Hit the jump for the full recap and review.

We open in New Jersey as a man prays. We follow him as he goes about his routine, down a street as he’s harassed by unknown voices. “Leave me alone,” he chants. But the voices don’t let up and he collapses to the ground before revealing he’s wearing an explosive device.


The man ignites himself and the cold open closes on a terrifying close-up of the man’s eyes as he’s engulfed in flames.

After the jump, we join the man’s wife and son in their home as the FBI questions them. It’s revealed Mr. Fayed had been acting anxious lately. The son is defensive as Mulder and Scully enter the scene, and Mulder notices a picture on their wall. Meanwhile, we learn the family are recent immigrants to the country, protected by refugee status. Mulder pipes up, revealing they traveled through the Biharia region along the Hungary-Romania border. We’re left to wonder how he knows this, but I’m sure the picture has something to do with it. The wife says they walked for weeks through rain and mud and “terrible” things. They were sponsored and brought to America to be “safe”. Safe from what, I wonder. It feels like more than just the horror of your everyday refugee crisis and that the family isn’t letting the agents in on everything they know.

After the meeting, we rejoin Mulder and Scully outside as he quips about the “great state of New Jersey” not bringing them any lighthearted moments for the old scrapbook. Meanwhile, Scully questions how he knew they travelled across southern Europe by a photograph. It’s a very Mulder-Scully moment and I swoon a little. This panel could be ripped from any episode of the television series and I am reminded how much I miss the good old days.


Mulder goes on to explain to Scully that the Biharia region is home to the infamous Hoia-Baciu forest that’s the only place in the world where trees grow at that certain angle in the picture. Also? It’s haunted. And there’s the Mulder we all know and love. Scully, being the voice of reason points out that the region is also known to be home of some of the biggest xenophobic backlash to the current refugee crisis. Mulder admits that the place is basically a tourist trap at this point, which brings Scully to wonder what the family was doing taking pictures at said tourist trap while trying to migrate?

Cut to FBI headquarters, where AD Skinner is waiting for them with a Mr. Firas Ben-Brahim who helms a charity foundation that sponsors refugees. We spend the next few panels learning of the refugee crisis and I thought Harris did a good job handling the situation with sensitivity while also laying the groundwork to cast doubt about Qasim’s motives.


While Skinner navigates the politics combined with the work that needs to be done, Firas flirts a little with Scully and takes his leave. Skinner tasks the agents with the case in Washington while Agent Copeland will continue on scene. It’s a delicate matter, which seems to require all hands on deck. Scully is sent to Media Forensics to search surveillance footage while Mulder is tasked with going over Ben-Brahim’s Shyma Foundation.

As Mulder leaves, Fayed’s son meets him in the garage and hops into his car with him. The boy insists that his father was a good man, not like what is being said on television, and he tells Mulder that they don’t have much time. “They’re almost here!” The boy talks about the “dark wood” – the place from the photo in the house – and points out in front of them.

“Do you see them?” he asks, and Mulder seems confused.

Ahead, we see a group of men standing at attention and looking very foreboding. The kid tells Mulder that not everybody can carry “them” and that they prefer a worthy host, not a weak one.

“Who am I carrying?” Mulder asks, still baffled.

“They will guide you,” the kid replies and gets out of the car. “They believe you are strong enough. You will need to be.”

And with that, Mulder’s car drives off into the darkness and we cut to Scully at the FBI lab at Quantico.

The surveillance footage hasn’t revealed much but there is some surprising information. Though it looks like Mr. Fayed was praying, the linguistics department has found that what he was saying was not a prayer from the Quran, Bible, or any other religious texts. Scully is handed the report and Agent Dawes is apologetic for it not being helpful. Though we are not privy to its contents, Scully seems surprised and perhaps a little scared, demanding a full report to be sent to Skinner immediately.


I have no clue what’s going on, perhaps because I am new to this series and have missed something in previous installments, but I find it very intriguing and I need to know what the hell is happening!

In the parking garage, we catch up with Fayed’s son, Mohammed, who is surrounded by the shady characters from earlier. They interrogate him, wondering how he has passed them along. A woman steps forward and placed her hands on the kid’s eyes. She hopes he is still carrying some of them and wants to know if he can still see them. She’s aggressive and demanding and as she places her hands on the kids he screams and we cut to the airport.


Mulder isn’t answering his phone and has a bunch of missed calls from Scully. She leaves a voicemail pleading with him to call her back. She says that he was right and that it definitely wasn’t a radicalized Islamic plot that led Fayed to take his life. But Mulder doesn’t take the call and instead boards the plane, the voices in his head echoing the ones that led Fayed to take his life. The final panel is an ominous one as we leave the issue on Mulder’s eyes, filled with fire.


Matthew Dow Smith provides the art for this issue and it is fantastic. Known characters are spot on and new characters are given life through the emotion drawn on their faces. Though lacking in detail, the style works well to get the ominous feel of the issue across.

Colors are by Jordie Bellaire. The tone is dark and the colors muted, but it goes well with the foreboding theme.

This month’s covers are varied but all rather well executed. The regular cover by Menton3 features current day Mulder and Scully, separate yet drawn together by a swirl of light. It’s nothing to write home about but you can’t exactly go wrong featuring the dynamic duo.

The subscription cover is a photo cover, and eye with an oily X in place of an iris. It’s one of my favorite promotional shots and I wish I could get it blown up full size and mounted on my wall.

The retailer incentive graphic cover is by far my favorite and I’m annoyed to report there’s no credit given; it’s the one that seems to go along with the series best and so I used it as the cover for this recap.

“Come Back Haunted” is available now at your local comic book retailer. Stay tuned next month for the continuation of the series, “Jet Set.”

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