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The X-Files Annual 2016 Preview

July 23, 2016 / Brian Uhe

IDW Publishing has provided us a preview of the new The X-Files Annual 2016 comic.

Mulder uncovers rumors that the Jade Helm 15 exercises were a smokescreen for a shadow-government group to rendezvous with aliens. Mulder and Scully follow the trail to Mesa Verde in southern Colorado, where they meet skeptical natives and a man who believes he's an alien, on their way to finding the truth.

48 pages
$7.99
July 27

Written by Andrew Aydin
Art by Greg Scott
Cover by Carlos Valenzuela















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Preview of X-Files Annual 2016

July 26, 2016 by Gary Collinson

X-Files Annual 2016 is out this Wednesday courtesy of IDW Publishing, and we’ve got a preview of the issue for you here…















Mulder uncovers rumors that the Jade Helm 15 exercises were a smokescreen for a shadow-government group to rendezvous with aliens. Mulder and Scully follow the trail to Mesa Verde in southern Colorado, where they meet skeptical natives and a man who believes he’s an alien, on their way to finding the truth.

X-Files Annual 2016 is out on Wednesday, July 27th, priced $7.99.


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The X-Files Annual 2016 #1: “Illegal Aliens”

Writer: Andrew Aydin
Artist: Greg Scott
Cover Artist: Carlos Valenzuela
Colorist: Wes Daioba
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Publisher: IDW

Review by Anelise Farris

Xfiles CoverI have The X-Files “I Want to Believe” poster framed and hanging in my house. I have a cat named Scully, and I have a dog named Mulder. You might say, I’m a fan of The X-Files. And, from reading The X-Files Annual 2016 #1, it is evident that Andrew Aydin and the team behind the comic are huge fans too.



Although this is a self-contained comic, the story revolves around a case involving a familiar character: Eric Hosteen. Hosteen is a Native American from New Mexico, and he and his family feature in several episodes from seasons 2 and 3 of the television show. Here, however, Aydin spins a new tale: Albert Hosteen, Eric’s son, has gone missing, and Scully and Mulder are the only feds that Eric trusts to help find him. As with any X-files episode, however, Mulder and Scully quickly realize that this is more than just a missing persons case.

First, let’s talk about the gorgeous cover by Carlos Valenzuela. When I first laid my eyes upon it, my immediate thought was that I need this framed. Unfortunately, I just have to settle for it being my desktop background for now. Anyhow, this is an artist that knows Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson)—the details are perfect (just look at the arch of Scully’s eyebrow!), and the coloring is otherworldly in the best way possible. The cover is certainly not where this ends though, as the art throughout the comic is fantastic. Artist Greg Scott and colorist Wes Daioba portray the eerie, magical bareness of the desert, and they manage to effectively capture the personalities of Scully (the stern jawline!) and Mulder (his teasing eyes!) in their expressions and body language. There is also a lot of interesting shadowing and cross-hatching throughout the comic. The work of letterer Dezi Sienty also deserves some praise; the speech balloons are well-placed, and I like the thought Sienty gave to changing the balloon borders to indicate who is talking during phone conversations when we only see one character.

Onto the writing! As I said, this is a team that not only knows The X-files, but also loves it. Aydin’s writing is spot on; I could hear the dialogue throughout the comic, especially the scenes of playful banter between Mulder and Scully. In moments of heightened danger, such as aimlessly wandering through the desert, it should surprise no one familiar with the show that Mulder would be joking about step counts and Uber. This is what we expect of Mulder, and this is why we love him.

The Verdict


Buy it! Longtime fans of the show will appreciate the love for The X-Files that radiates throughout this comic. And, this is a quick read; the panels flow seamlessly just like a great episode—so, even if you aren’t a fan of comics (yet!) but a fan of the show, you’ll enjoy it. Also, as mentioned above, this is a stand-alone piece, so even if you aren’t familiar with The X-Files, and you are just looking for a good sci-fi comic, this is one to get. Fair warning though: whether you are familiar with Mulder and Scully or completely new to The X-Files, reading this comic will make you want to curl up on the couch, turn on the TV, and hang out with everyone’s favorite feds.


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THE X-FILES ANNUAL 2016 REVIEW






Just like this same time last year, IDW has released an over-priced X-Files Annual for our consumption. This time, however, we have the excitement (?) of the recently completed X-Files television revival. Will that momentum carry over to the book?

…and is it good?

The X-Files Annual 2016 (IDW Publishing)




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Observations





  • If you’re a fictional character, then photographing military movements with your smartphone in the New Mexican desert is a sure-fire way to get your ass kicked. Use a drone like everyone else.

  • Mulder arguing with people on conspiracy message boards makes me happy.

  • Now this is a blast from the past! Always nice to see characters from the excellent second season of the TV show.

  • As paranoid as Mulder is, he sure is giving a lot of leeway to some guy who approached him while taking a piss at a urinal.

  • So is Scully.

  • So is everyone, it appears.

  • Hey…I’ve seen that ship before…

  • BOOM!

  • Really? That’s how it ends?



Is It Good?




Once again, the X-Files annual provides a story that’s enjoyable, but not necessarily worth the $7.99 price tag.
On the art side of things, Greg Scott draws fantastic landscapes/settings. He also does a masterful job with the issue’s big action scene. Unfortunately, his rendering of the characters’ various reactions and facial expressions make them occasionally look catatonic or constipated (maybe both).

The story by Andrew Aydin throws out a lot of chuckle-worthy lines that reference both X-Files mythology and real-world conspiracy theories. He also does a great job with the dialogue between Mulder and Scully. Their actions, however, are a little harder to wrap your head around, especially with regards to how they interact with the new character they meet.

By the time it reaches its abrupt conclusion, we’re left with an over-sized issue that can’t decide if it wants to be a humorous X-Files Lite tale or a serious entry into the franchise’s revived canon. It’s also overshadowed by an enticing preview for X-Files: Origins (which will likely be posted online before it’s released). The book features regular X-Files artist Matthew Dow Smith as part of the writing team (along with Jody Houser), proving that the man may be too talented for his own good.

If you’re X-Files completist and/or don’t mind over-paying for a good story with some genuinely hilarious moments and a fun action sequence, then pick this one up. Otherwise, you can save your $8 for the next two issues of the main series, which seems to have finally regained its footing.


The Good

A good story with some great dialogue, a cool action sequence, and plenty of laugh out loud moments....

The Bad

but not $7.99 good.

Good  7

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Review: The X-Files Annual 2016


The X-Files Annual 2016: Illegal Aliens
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Andrew Aydin
Artist: Greg Scott
Colorist: Wes Daioba
Cover: Carlos Valenzuela
Letterer: Dezi Sienty

The X-Files Annual 2016 is the latest installment of the fantastic X-Files series by IDW Publishing. It is a self-contained story. In other words, familiarity with the whole comic series is not necessary to enjoy it. Though it would help if you’re at least familiar with the TV show from Fox. There is a couple of easter eggs for long time fans as well.

The cover of X-Files Annual 2016 by Carlos Valenzuela is awesome! It is beautifully drawn and brilliantly colored. I was particularly impressed with Carlos Valenzuela’s portrayal of Dana Scully. It was spot on! The image looks exactly like Gillian Anderson. Every detail was perfect.


The angle usage in the panels of The X-Files Annual 2016, chosen by artist Greg Scott, were nice and flowing. They added to the story like good cinematography in a movie. Greg Scott’s portrayal of characters old and new was warm and inviting. This is complemented by the nice usage of shading and dimension with the inks. The coloring by Wes Daioba definitely added to the atmosphere. It was subtle. But effective. Greg Scott and Wes Daioba make a good team.



The story in X-Files Annual 2016 by Andrew Aydin is well paced and intriguing. It is a real page turner. Especially towards the end. There is a good and true dialogue flow to the comic. Andrew Aydin is clearly a fan of the TV show himself and his work reflects this fact. This story, Illegal Aliens, is aided in its delivery by the font choice and good and consistent lettering of Dezi Sienty. Andrew Aydin’s use of old familiar characters is great. They are pure and true to the source material. Thus is X-Files Annual 2016 written just like an episode of the show. This makes reading this comic fun. Especially for long time fans of the show who will appreciate Aydin’s casual references to it.


Agents Mulder and Scully are given a missing persons case involving an old friend. Eric Hosteen, a Native American from New Mexico. A character X-Files fans will recognize from season 3 of the TV show. Eric’s son, Albert “Al” Hosteen, likes to wander in the desert as his father once did. But he always comes home. Thus, when he didn’t come back, his father went looking for him. But Eric Hosteen could not find his son. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are the only FBI agents that Eric Hosteen trusts. He needs their help to find his son. But there is more going on than anyone has bargained for. Agent Mulder might just get the big, complex conspiracy theory he is looking for.

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The X-Files Annual 2016  $7.99






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STORY         9.7/10
Art             9.6/10
Overral  9.6/10


PROS




  • - Awesome cover art

  • - Warm and inviting interior art and story

  • - Just like a good episode of the TV show

  • - Nice Easter eggs

  • - Great ending



CONS




  • - The price is a little high

  • - The subscription cover is just a photo. No art.



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[PREVIEW] X-FILES ANNUAL 2016

This week you can get your hands on a very special X-Files Annual issue.


X-Files Annual 2016

Andrew Aydin (w) • Greg Scott (a) • Carlos Valenzuela (c)
Mulder uncovers rumors that the Jade Helm 15 exercises were a smokescreen for a shadow-government group to rendezvous with aliens. Mulder and Scully follow the trail to Mesa Verde in southern Colorado, where they meet skeptical natives and a man who believes he’s an alien, on their way to finding the truth.
FC • 48 pages • $7.99



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Comic Book Review – The X-Files Annual 2016

Tony Black reviews The X-Files Annual 2016…



TXF Annual coverMulder uncovers rumors that the Jade Helm 15 exercises were a smokescreen for a shadow-government group to rendezvous with aliens. Mulder and Scully follow the trail to Mesa Verde in southern Colorado, where they meet skeptical natives and a man who believes he’s an alien, on their way to finding the truth.

Last year marked a change in how IDW presented their The X-Files Annual, which in the 2014 had more than one story, and last year instead chose to focus on a specific point in time in Fox Mulder & Dana Scully’s past, around midway in Season 7, so roughly 1999 to put a date on it. One suspects this was in advance of the brand new mini-series so as not to cloud the sense of continuity in the comic world which, since the mini-series debuted, has seen the now alternate continuity of Seasons 10 & 11 be rolled up, and Joe Harris’ thus far successful new monthly comic run set during the mini-series continuity take flight. Andrew Aydin’s story for this annual, ‘Illegal Aliens’, throws us back into the same timeframe as Harris’ new run, during the events of the mini-series, and it’s quite a bizarre little anthology tale which seems to want to both juggle conspiracy aspects with a strange penchant for black comedy that, honestly, doesn’t always work. Weirdly it seems to reflect the slightly jarring writing we saw in the latest run.

It starts nicely, with Mulder railing as he’s wont to do at Scully about small minded conspiracies on the web now (which serve as a neat comment on out of control US gun laws), with Aydin’s dialogue feeling very much like the characters; indeed throughout, our leads are well written and sound as they would on the TV show, while artist Greg Scott in close up really captures David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson’s middle aged, weathered Mulder & Scully well. It’s less the characterisation or artwork but rather the story where this one falls down, because it really doesn’t seem to know quite what it wants to be.

On the face of it, Mulder & Scully–in a nice tether back to the Navajo Indian mythology aspect of the alien conspiracy–head to New Mexico to help one of the Hosteen family, but the narrative then appears to take a small age to go, well… hardly anywhere. Rather than being curious, Aydin’s story choices are a little maddening, with his portly alien ‘informant’ for want of a better term almost feeling like a comic character ported in from a different story. The commentary is clear, even in the title – when people say aliens these days, they’re assumed to mean immigrants, and while Scully’s confusion about this is amusing, it almost feels like a one-joke concept, and if the ultimate point by the flashy alien ending was to re-affirm Mulder’s belief in the conspiracy and the paranormal alien aspect, then Aydin doesn’t do enough with it over the course of the story to make the final panel land with a punch.

It’s a shame because ‘Illegal Aliens’ does have some bright moments, some solid characterisation, and the artwork is on the whole pretty decent. It’s just the narrative and tonal approaches that jar, and Andrew Aydin’s work here lacks the clear throughline Joe Harris gives his comics or truthfully that same sense of real enigma. One could argue that it fits the new mini-series continuity, especially in relation to how Mulder approaches the conspiracy aspects, but it just doesn’t have the same wonder, drama or even comedy to make it a truly rewarding reading experience. Possibly one for The X-Files completists only.

Rating: 6/10

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Comic Review – X-Files Annual 2016

X-Files annual 2016



Story- 9
Art- 9.4
Overall- 9.2
Art- 9.4
Overall- 9.2

Summary: Mulder and Scully go on what appears to be a kidnapping case but what they find will convince them that there's more than just a kidnapping going on.

Conspiracy the 9.2


  • Writer: Andrew Ayden
  • Art: Greg Scott
  • Colors: Wes Dzioba
  • Letters: Dezi Sienty
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing
  • Publication date: July 27, 2016


Synopsis for X-Files Annual



This X-Files story opens in New Mexico where a group of soldiers attacks a young boy. They knock him out and one of the soldiers claims that Gozan will decide what to do with him. Then we cut to Fox Mulder as he’s working on his laptop. He answers his phone and it’s his FBI partner Dana Scully. Mulder is sharing with Scully the information he’s uncovered on this group. Another bunch of conspiracy theorists that think the Government is going to use a coordinated effort to take away everyone’s guns. Fox thinks theirs more to this group than just that while Scully, ever the devil’s advocate, thinks he’s crazy.

 
After the initial attack on the young man at the beginning of this issue Ayden brings our heroes slowly into the conflict. Mulder and Scully proceed with caution to New Mexico. They find out that they’ve been followed by a rather obese man who claims to be an alien. After following Mulder into the restroom Fox asks the stranger his name but claims that he’d never be able to pronounce it. Mulder replies that he can trust him because they’re not going to turn him in, to which the gentlemen replies that he’s not an  undocumented immigrant, but an alien from space. Then he tells Fox that he has to talk to his partner to which Mulder replies you mean the woman I’m with? The obese man responds, “yes, agent Scully.” This surprises the FBI agent and he agrees to follow the alien. It’s one of the X-Files Annual’s lighter moments and the pace picks up somewhat.


The Creative Team



Greg Scott brings an earthy feel to the characters, they clearly resemble the actors who have portrayed them so well these past twenty years or so. And Scott has their mannerisms down. X-Files Annual 2016 turns dark as day turns to night. The creepy effect is well handled as the art and color bring us characters that are headed into darkness as the search for the young man continues.


The Cover



This cover does a good job of encompassing everything that goes on in this issue. The first thing we see is a star ship firing some kind of laser beam with smoke in the background. Agent Scully is looking up with a slightly concerned look on her face. Below her is Agent Mulder also looking up but in a slightly different direction. The artist understands these characters and it shows in this depiction as Scully and Mulder never see eye to eye  during the run of the TV series. Below them is the New Mexico town where their search for the boy continues. complete with helicopters and soldiers marching. A well conceived cover to say the least.


In Conclusion



The action picks up as the obese man  turns out to be right at every turn. When they go the way that agents Scully and Mulder want to go they run into a dead-end. But when they go in the direction of the stranger they pick up more clues and seem to be headed in the right direction. Will they be able to rescue the young man from the conspiracy theorists? Is Agent Mulder right in his assertion that these soldiers aren’t just conspiracy theorists? Is the obese man really a space alien or an undocumented immigrant? How does the stranger seemingly know what’s going to happen before it does? A nice X-Files tale that keeps us guessing right up until the very end. X-Files Annual 2016 is a good story for current fans and an excellent introduction to the world of X-Files for newcomers.


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“The X-Files” Annual 2016

By Jess Camacho | July 28th, 2016

Scully and Mulder travel to New Mexico to help out an old friend in this year’s awesome, extra sized “X-Files” annual. Read on for our review but be warned, there are some slight spoilers in this review.



   Written by Andrew Aydin
   Illustrated by Greg Scott and Wes Dzioba

   Mulder uncovers rumors that the Jade Helm 15 exercises were a smokescreen for a shadow-government group to rendezvous with aliens. Mulder and Scully follow the trail to Mesa Verde in southern Colorado, where they meet skeptical natives and a man who believes he’s an alien, on their way to finding the truth.

As Multiversity’s resident “The X-Files” fanatic, it should come as no shock that I’m back in the saddle again to talk about what’s going on in IDW’s long running continuation of the beloved TV series. “The X-Files” is one of the most consistently good licensed properties going in comic books and this week marks the release of the 2016 annual. Written by Andrew Aydin with art by Greg Scott and colors by Wes Dzioba, “The X-Files” Annual 2016 is a very fun, standalone case that is an homage to the past and really enjoyable for long time fans.

“The X-Files” Annual 2016 sees Mulder and Scully called in on a personal cast. Eric Hosteen, the son of Albert Hosteen (he helped them decipher files that led to a WHOLE thing I don’t have time to go into here) needs helping finding his missing son. Al has gone missing in the desert and when Mulder and Scully arrive, they are aided by a man who claims to be an alien.

From the first couple pages, I found myself all in on this issue. It begins with Mulder getting deep into arguments on message boards about government conspiracies. It’s from here that you know Aydin has a grasp on this character in a meaningful sense. Aydin’s script is so much fun as he gives Mulder and Scully a break from the seriousness of the main series. This isn’t a dig by any means at the core of the book but “The X-Files” needs these breaks because it gives the characters space to develop. Aydin writes a playful Mulder and Scully because in their years together, they’ve become this way with each other. Mulder’s belief is also tested here as he grows a bit disillusioned with modern conspiracies. In helping Eric Hosteen and meeting this man who claims to be more than he is, Mulder and Scully get to visit their past and get their cynicism in check a bit.

Greg Scott, to my knowledge, hasn’t done a full issue of “The X-Files” before and he definitely brings something different to the table compared to regular artist Matthew Dow Smith. Scott’s art is much less moody. He doesn’t bring a darker almost crime noir vibe to the story, instead he takes an almost action/adventure approach. His renderings of stars Gilian Anderson and David Duchovny are in line with what they look like now. He brings the right amount of age and maturity to their looks and keeps them the center of attention even in bigger crowd scenes. What really works about his art are Scully and Mulder’s facial expressions. If you watch even a handful of episodes of the show, you’ll notice how these two look at each other. With the script being full of funny moments, there’s electricity in how they look at each other. Scott nails Scully’s side eye and Mulder’s playful spirit in a really nice way that pairs well with this story.

Scott’s work on the setting doesn’t quite capture the magic of the desert but I really like his use of it. It feels like the characters are existing in this place and it’s not simply a backdrop. Dzioba’s colors also do some different things than what we see in the series usually and that’s it’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s isn’t a lot of playing with tone or shadows like Bellaire (but she’s one of the best ever) but Dzioba does a really nice job at establishing a bit more comedic and hopeful spirit.

The downfall of this annual is that it’s $8. It’s a lot to ask from even regular readers to put out for a story that doesn’t add anything to the bigger story happening. It’s a really fun issue but it’s a tough sell but if you’re longing for something a bit more fun in the “X-Files” universe, then this is what you need.

Final Verdict: 7.5 – Very hefty price tag but very enjoyable regardless.


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REVIEW: THE X-FILES ANNUAL 2016




Mulder uncovers rumors that the Jade Helm 15 exercises were a smokescreen for a shadow-government group to rendezvous with aliens. Mulder and Scully follow the trail to Mesa Verde in southern Colorado, where they meet skeptical natives and a man who believes he’s an alien, on their way to finding the truth.

For me, some of my favorite X-Files episodes have been the ones that are on the goofy end of things and wrap up in an episode. The lighthearted nature of those episodes always left me entertained and wanting more. For The X-Files Annual 2016 we get that sort of story courtesy of writer Andrew Aydin, the award-winning co-writer of the modern classic graphic novel March.

Joined by artist Gregg Scott (Carlos Valenzuela provides the cover), the issue feels to me like those fun standalone episodes. It’s fun and entertaining slightly touching on the greater X-Files world.

What I really like is Aydin’s use of his political perspective to give the annual a bit of an update. There’s the use of Jade Helm to drive the story, but beyond that Aydin adds a lot of small details like the use of Uber. Lets face it, The X-Files in today’s world would be much different than that of the 90s, and that’s touched upon a bit here.

Scott’s art is solid fun capturing the likeness of its characters and adding a lot to the mood and setting of the story. The comic has a slight comical vibe to it, like quite of a few of the standalone episodes, and the art matches that tone. It’s a good combination and it all works together.

This is a fun standalone issue that captures the magic of self-contained X-Files episodes while using recent events and giving things a bit of an update too. X-Files fans should enjoy this one and hopefully, we can see more down the road.

Story: Andrew Aydin Art: Gregg Scott Cover: Carlos Valenzuela
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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Review of +The X-Files Annual 2016
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The X-Files  Oct 13, 2016



First and foremost a very happy birthday to both Fox Mulder and Chris Carter on this 13th of October. It would be remiss of me to not post something in celebration of this day in spite of the lack of news.

The X-Files annual is a slightly bigger story published every year (since 2014) as an extra issue in the IDW publishing schedule.

This year the story takes on a rather Darin Morgan-esque flavour as Mulder and Scully encounter their most unusual alien yet. The best part is a very nice homage to Albert Hosteen in this story, which I won't spoil for you but if you're able to get your hands on it I thoroughly recommend it.

Also going in its favour is very good artwork, which I don't always mention except I could never forget that 2014 Annual where the artwork was the worst thing I'd ever seen done in a comic book (in the first story)



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