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Post by jade1013 on Tue 26 Jul - 4:10

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The X-Files #7
Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)
“Came Back Haunted,” Part 2 of 4: Scully discovers Mulder has disappeared, which seems to be good timing because they have been pulled off their current case involving an apparent terrorist plot. But where did Mulder go, and what will Scully do about the advances made by the new man in her life?
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[PREVIEW] THE X-FILES #7

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A new man enters Scully’s life seeking her affections in The X-Files #7.


The X-Files #7
Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)
“Came Back Haunted,” Part 2 of 4: Scully discovers Mulder has disappeared, which seems to be good timing because they have been pulled off their current case involving an apparent terrorist plot. But where did Mulder go, and what will Scully do about the advances made by the new man in her life?
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Post by jade1013 on Wed 19 Oct - 3:51

Comic Book Review – The X-Files #7

October 19, 2016 by Tony Black

Tony Black reviews The X-Files #7…



“Came Back Haunted,” Part 2 of 4: Scully discovers Mulder has disappeared, which seems to be good timing because they have been pulled off their current case involving an apparent terrorist plot. But where did Mulder go, and what will Scully do about the advances made by the new man in her life?

As the first major myth arc story in The X-Files revival series from Joe Harris, ‘Came Back Haunted’ has a lot of expectation behind it as the first major storyline that may take its place inside the overarching mythology of the show, and part two adds to that sense of creeping mystery very well. What’s interesting is that Harris’ tale here isn’t ostensibly alien on the outset, not in the traditional manner we have experienced extra-terrestrials on the show, and it often more resembles a strange, twisted horror story from Chris Carter’s canon more than a large scale conspiracy tale. It’s indicative of how Harris is trying new things within the latitude of what he’s allowed to accomplish.

Buoyed by the usual dark and haunting artwork from Matthew Dow Smith, which etches shadows in every corner even when Mulder is on a commercial air flight, this second part adds enigma to complication as the strange entity inside our intrepid agent takes him on a bizarre journey to Eastern Europe for reasons we can still only guess at once we’ve reached the climax. Harris though skilfully manages to layer how Mulder is swept into arcane strangeness with a sense of pace, and while it may not be clear what’s happening to him, or why, the writing and panels are evocative and atmospheric.

Crucially he also tips the balance with Scully in a much more traditional setting, for she is dealing with FBI bureaucracy as she begins to grow concerned for Mulder’s whereabouts, and Skinner (with raging beard in tow) is in surprisingly obstructive mood, as Harris neatly once again places him between a rock and a government hard place, given shadows defence department forces seem keen to cover up the case that led Mulder on his journey, and connects back to the enigmatic Firas Ben-Brahim; he’s one of those unique X-Files characters who appears to be one thing but most assuredly will turn out another, and quite how he connects to the weirdness in Hungary and what he’ll lead Scully into is a mystery that remains to be seen.

On the whole, a solid second part to the biggest story The X-Files revival has attempted yet, with Joe Harris fusing long-form storytelling with weird happenings, a creepy atmosphere, and a great rabbit hole for Mulder & Scully to be sent down. Part three surely will start to explore quite what this all means, and the answers no doubt will be spooky.

Rating: 7/10

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Post by jade1013 on Thu 20 Oct - 3:26

REVIEW: X-Files #7

October 19, 2016 Lead Sharp



Ever been to the reptile house at the zoo? The little tanks they have with tarantulas in them? You spend ages staring through dirty glass at a limb of wood covered in moss and bracken for something to pop out only to find out the bloody thing is empty.

That’s what this was like.

Paced like a slug trying to crawl across a salt plane, art so heavy it’s created a world shortage of India ink, it’s down right impossible to tell what the fuck is happening on some pages and I didn’t realise that misshapen troll like creature was supposed to be Mulder at the beginning.

The artist manages to capture the sheer horror of depression in every vaguely human looking face, there was more life in that little robot Asimo that Honda built. The script reads about the same as well, flat and machine like with redundant dialogue that your eye starts glazing over after a bit.

If I was a fan of the X-Files I’d be crushingly disappointed by this, but I’m not so I’m just a bit niggled I’m not getting those twenty minutes of my life back.




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THE X-FILES #7 REVIEW


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Last issue, a seemingly possessed Mulder went on a road trip, leaving Scully to wonder just what in the hell was going on. This week, we (hopefully) start getting some anwers.

Is it good?

The X-Files #7 (IDW Publishing)


Observations

Never trust a dude riding a horse and wearing a welder’s mask.

Either Mulder is having a wicked case of diarrhea-induced hallucinations or I have no idea what’s going on.

Scully doesn’t have time for appointments.

Yeah, that humanitarian dude is still creeping me out.

And so is Mulder. Good lord, get a hold of yourself, man!

Was it really necessary to burn that piece of paper AND throw it in the garbage can?

Or for that woman to stab herself in the eye?!

Uh…what?


Is It Good?


From a style standpoint, it’s superb. Unfortunately, the substance behind the narrative is severely lacking.

Maybe I’m just not smart enough to get whatever deep meaning is potentially to be lurking beneath the surface of the story. But after two issues, I still have absolutely no idea what is going on with Mulder besides some type of ill-defined, unfocused possession. I expect a lot of questions to be raised during even the most standard X-Files story arc, but there’s got to be some type of coherent driving force behind them.

As it stands right now, X-Files #7 features a lot of really cool and excellently drawn scenes that feel like a scattered (and poorly constructed) jigsaw puzzle. That’s not a knock on Matthew Dow Smith’s paneling, either. In fact, his storytelling ability is one of the few things keeping me tethered to the otherwise incomprehensible arc.

Let’s hope that next month, writer Joe Harris fills in the beautiful blanks with something a bit more concrete and easier to grasp.


The Good

+ From a style standpoint, the issue is superb.

The Bad

-Unfortunately, the substance behind the narrative is severely lacking.

-After two issues, we still have absolutely no idea what is going on with Mulder besides some type of ill-defined, unfocused possession.

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THE X-FILES: CAME BACK HAUNTED - PART TWO



Last month, Joe Harris began a journey down a dark and mysterious path. This month, he continues laying the groundwork and starts revealing some secrets from this intriguing case. “Came Back Haunted - Part Two” is the second in a five-part series and looks like it could be shaping up to something pretty cool. Hit the jump for the spoilerific recap and review.

We open in a flashback, eighteen months ago in Hungary. Syrian refugees are in what looks to be a labor camp, or perhaps a cult? Mysterious voices permeate the people’s psyches as the boss/leader berates the refugees “affront” of “loosing dark things…” A father and son are front and center. The father advises the kid not to look.

“Look, speak, listen,” the voices implore.

I still have no idea what’s going on. But the art is ominous and the colors are brooding and I’m intrigued.

Cut to the plane Mulder is on after another classic Mulder!Ditch last issue.

He, too, is hearing voices. “Look… act.” He seems pained and bumps into a kid before escaping to the bathroom.  Mulder experiences a vision of the flashback scene as a gun is pointed at someone. “Sees…” the voices cry. “Knows…” A flight attendant knocks on the door, as the vision continues. It’s the boy’s father and as he lays on the ground, the leader points menacingly to the kid. The flight attendant implores Mulder to vacate the restroom as the flight is ready to land. The vision ends with the kid seemingly possessed by this affliction, he, too, now hearing the voices.


Mulder lunges out of the bathroom, feeling a little better but now hearing the voices even louder. Act. Needs. Wants. Kills.

This can’t end well.

Finally, we’re back in D.C. with Scully the next morning, who still hasn’t received a courtesy call from Mulder and is at Skinner’s office, worried about him. She barges in on Skinner but he isn’t in the mood to analyze where Mulder is. He’s under pressure to keep a lid on this case. Trillions of dollars of private military contracts are on the line with this case and Skinner isn’t too sure he wants to dig into this can of worms. He claims it’s for their safety and doesn’t seem at all worried about Mulder, dismissing Scully’s concerns. The lady is not amused and sends him a pointed skeptibrow™ on the way out.


Back in Budapest, Mulder has arrived at customs but he’s not doing too well. The guards think he’s drunk, but another man appears from behind them and intervenes, taking Mulder away for questioning. This man, too, has the fiery eyes and hears the voices.


One of us. One of us. One of us, I think. Still no idea what’s going on, but it can’t be good.

In D.C., Scully meets with Ben-Brahim, the director of the refugee foundation. She hints heavily that Mulder is in trouble and he hints heavily that he knows something, and Scully questions him about Fayed’s final words, an ancient Bedouin chant. Ben-Brahim reveals it has happened before to a man in the so-called “safe zone” for refugees, who’d gone on to kill his family and then himself.


He doesn’t answer any of her questions but he does promise some explanations if she’s willing to wait a little longer. She doesn’t really have a choice and hopeful Scully has once again turned to angsty Scully. Can this woman never catch a break?

Back in the interrogation room, the mysterious man is mysterious, goading Mulder into admitting he hears the voices and sees… I have no idea what he’s supposed to be seeing but the man is pretty sure Mulder’s seeing it. Poor Mulder is so confused and fighting whatever is happening to him. Meanwhile, the strangers grabs a pen and scrawls ‘be ready’ onto some paper before striking a match and setting it ablaze. Mulder’s eyes light up with fire and the voices tell him to resist. The man tells Mulder to seize the lucid moments when he can before telling him he has seen the “holes in the sky.”

Whatever these holes are, they must be pretty damn terrifying, because he then proceeds to grab a pair of scissors and stab himself in the eye while the rooms burns.


That escalated quickly. “Joined,” the voices say into the black.

At home, Scully does some Googling and pensively waits on the sofa. The phone rings; it’s Ben-Brahim. He tells her that Mulder may have been targeted by forces intent on causing damage to all the good things civilization takes for granted. He tells her he’s coming to get her and he will explain on the way.

We cut between D.C and Hungary as Ben-Brahim arrives in style to pick her up in a helicopter while in the camp/cult/whatever it is, the leader berates the blindfolded refugees some more before telling them they have been “delivered.”

“Are you coming or not?” Ben-Brahim asks Scully.

Where?” she asks.

“Home,” the voices reply to Mulder as he trudges along the line of refugees.


The issue fades to black.

I still have no idea what’s going on. But I am invested, so credit to Joe Harris for laying the foundations for an interesting storyline.

Overall, the issue felt dark, and a little slow-paced. At times I found myself a little confused and had to go back and really look at the art to figure out what I was supposed to be reading. The story sometimes felt a little too vague on the mystery side of things and I wished for a little more dialogue to speed things along.

Speaking of the art, Matthew Dow Smith did an excellent job. I felt Scully’s irritation and frustration at being dismissed at every turn and her likeness was spot on. I felt Mulder’s pain and confusion, and even minor characters were well drawn and emotive. As is the case with comics, sometimes the art is more important than the words on the page and I really relied on it this time to make it through the story. Kudos to Smith for killing it this issue.

Colors are by Jordie Bellaire and it fit the mood of the story perfectly; firey and brooding for the flashbacks, dark and grey for Mulder, and realistic, if moody, for the present day and Scully’s journey.

There are only two covers this month. A photo cover for the Subscription cover which leaves a lot to be desired. It depicts a sweaty, sickly looking Mulder at an unflattering angle. Why? I ask. But the Regular cover by Menton3 is fantastic and more than makes up for the lackluster other one. It’s a close up of Mulder’s face and focuses on those gorgeous eyes. We have a winner!

“The X-Files #7 - Came Back Haunted, part two” is available now from your local comic retailer.

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