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The X-Files: Origins #4 (of 4)
Jody Houser & Matthew Dow Smith (w) • Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell (a & c)
Before the FBI, before the X-Files, they were just two teenagers in search of the truth. On Martha’s Vineyard, a young Fox Mulder investigates something strange happening on the island, while in San Diego, 13-year-old Dana Scully looks into the shocking murder of her teacher. Two kids, two mysteries, one conspiracy that threatens the future of humanity!
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The X-Files: Origins #4 (of 4)—Subscription cover
Jody Houser & Matthew Dow Smith (w) • Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell (a) • Cat Staggs (c)
FC • 40 pages • $4.99
Mulder and Scully star in separate tales depicting their teen years!
See what made them into the characters we’ve come to love!
Especially crafted for young adult readers!
Two full-length stories in one double-length book!
Mystery novel variant covers by Cat Staggs (Orphan Black)!








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Preview of The X-Files: Origins #4

DECEMBER 6, 2016 BY AMIE CRANSWICK

The X-Files: Origins #4 hits comic book stores this Wednesday, and we’ve got a preview of the issue for you here; check it out…



Before the FBI, before the X-Files, they were just two teenagers in search of the truth. On Martha’s Vineyard, a young Fox Mulder investigates something strange happening on the island, while in San Diego, 13-year-old Dana Scully looks into the shocking murder of her teacher. Two kids, two mysteries, one conspiracy that threatens the future of humanity!

The X-Files: Origins #4 is out on December 7th, priced $4.99.

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Post by jade1013 on Wed 7 Dec - 19:07

X-Files Origins #4 – Review

by Tom Guilfoyle  · December 7, 2016

Story – Jody Houser & Matthew Dow Smith
Art – Chris Fenoglio & Corin Howell
Colors – Chris Fenoglio & Monica Kuina
Publisher – IDW Publishing

X-Files origins concludes but how does young Mulder and Scully’s adventures end?

Writing – Mulders story

The writing done by Jody has the elegance it did in issue 1. She is great at delivering dialogue that is believable to what a kid would say, helping to creating a very immersive atmosphere. The development of Mulder is perfect as now we begin to see the Mulder the world fell in love with. However there is enough variation in the character to separate the Origins Mulder and the current Mulder.

The pacing and flow of the comic is great, as well is the overall narrative, which adds to the overall mythos of the x-files while being it’s own story.

The vibe of this story is that of a toned down Stranger things. Which as a result works perfectly to capture the essence of that show and place it in an X-file setting.

Jody provides a conclusion to Mulder’s story that delves into another layer of who Mulder is and the forces at work around him.



Writing – Scully’s story

Matthew’s take on Scully is the highlight of the series. Delving into a past that’s been until now, untouched.

Smith’s use of dialogue is superb as he portrays Scully as we know her, however he still manages to keep her a kid. The development of the plot is interesting as there are multiple stories happening that converge perfectly into one conclusion.  The exploration of her faith has always been a familiar theme for Scully, which Matthew uses to mold this child into the Scully we know.

Matthew acknowledges Scully’s disbelief in the unexplained to provide a story that fits with Scully but also within the realms of the X-files. Smith does this perfectly and concludes in true X-files fashion.

Art

Chris and Corin’s art continues to impress. Their artwork is perfectly styled with Chris’ being bold and curved. However Corin’s is light with an angler feel to them. Both styles give the overall comic a constant flow, however it’s the colors that tie the stories together. Chris Fenoglio and Monica Kubina are the great colorist of this series.

Overall

This is a fantastic series and a great final chapter. Matthew and Jody have provided an insight into the makings of Mulder and Scully and I thank them for this opportunity.

Art 5/5
Writing 5/5
Overall 5/5



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Comic Book Review – The X-Files: Origins #4

DECEMBER 7, 2016 BY TONY BLACK 

Tony Black reviews The X-Files: Origins #4…



Before the FBI, before the X-Files, they were just two teenagers in search of the truth. On Martha’s Vineyard, a young Fox Mulder investigates something strange happening on the island, while in San Diego, 13-year-old Dana Scully looks into the shocking murder of her teacher. Two kids, two mysteries, one conspiracy that threatens the future of humanity!


The final part of Matthew Dow Smith & Jody Houser’s comic book prequel to The X-Files draws to a close with issue four of Origins, and while this may have been a one-shot limited series on the face of it, by the conclusion there’s every suggestion that we may not have seen the last of the teenage adventures of Fox Mulder & Dana Scully, years before they ever come to be partners. In this conclusion, Dow Smith & Houser neatly draw to a close the separate investigations of Mulder in 1974 and Scully in 1977, while tangentially tying their threads together and paving the way for a deeper, ongoing narrative which could well connect to the overarching X-Files mythology in a way nobody would have expected. It’s a strong finish which balances intriguing plot elements with that sense of youthful fun this run has exuded in spades.

For Mulder, we see the burgeoning of his investigative passions which go beyond the normal route, as he & his friends continue trying to understand the mystery of what’s happening in the Martha’s Vineyard woods. Even though Mulder appears to be presented with a rational explanation, he refuses to ignore the questions which suggest a deeper level of conspiracy and Houser in her writing really does start to craft that angle in Fox, even at this tender age. Conversely for Scully, she’s coming to approach the detailed, forensic nature of investigation as she hunts for Mr. Wilson’s murder around the police, with mysterious Mercy in tow.

In true X-Files fashion, the truth about Mercy is made apparent by Dow Smith but not to Scully, who takes her own key steps to becoming the kind of investigator we know – the woman who explores every avenue before giving way to the leaps of logic Mulder is starting to craft. They may not have met yet, but already they’re a perfect fit. Around this, shades of deeper storytelling and conspiracy are weaved, with the consistent element of fathers keeping secrets, from Bill Mulder to indeed William Scully. One may question bringing some shade of gray to Admiral Scully’s past, but thematically it fits the overarching themes being presented across the issue, and indeed across the entire story as a whole.

One hopes The X-Files: Origins may not be a one-time thing, on the basis of how well Dow Smith, Houser and the team at IDW have presented the youthful origins of Mulder & Scully, with some gorgeous artwork which captures that youthful exuberance as well as the show’s dark and sinister tone. While it does close off their original investigations here, enough doors and character beats are left open for the writers to further explore down the road, which hopefully will further connect to established show canon from the series. A great finish to a mini-series which has added a delightful extra shade to the myriad X-Files universe.


Rating: 8/10

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Post by sir on Fri 9 Dec - 8:33

REVIEW: THE X-FILES ORIGINS #4



by Sophie Brown

In the concluding issue of the four-part mini-series, we find teenage Mulder and Scully embroiled in their own separate conspiracies that somehow link together. Read out for our spoiler-filled review of The X-Files: Origins #4.

We pick up with Fox, Eric and Tim in the woods of Martha’s Vineyard where, last issue, they had discovered an injured someone (or something) wearing a strange suit. While Eric and Tim panic, Fox pulls himself together and notices that the being is surrounded by the same green goo they discovered earlier. Despite the other boys’ panicked admonitions, Fox removes the helmet.

Together with Eric they steal a wheelbarrow from a nearby garage which is filled with boxes - all labelled with the names of people who worked on this comic. Returning to Tim who has been left to guard the injured man, they scoop him into the wheelbarrow and race out of the woods, pursued by men wielding flashlights and guns. Unfortunately they run straight into a Jeep driven by more of the same, only this group also has Eric’s father with them. The boys stumble over their words trying to explain what they were doing in the woods, only to have Eric’s father cut them off and proclaim them heroes.

At the hospital, Eric’s father explains that the man is a pilot with the Oceanographic Institute he works for whose plane was lost at sea. The men combing the woods were simply on a rescue mission. Fox is unconvinced, demanding to know why the search party was armed, but Eric’s father just smiles and gently explains that the plane was using “the latest technology” that they didn’t want to fall into Soviet hands. The boys safely out of earshot and on their way home, Eric’s father is approached by the leader of the military group overseeing the research who commends him on his quick thinking but questions whether or not the boys “bought it.” Nearby, the injured man awakens in surgery to the sound of a buzz-saw, his screams echoing out into the corridor.

Across town, the boys ride their bikes and discuss whether or not they believe that they have been told. Fox wonders aloud whether they have stumbled across “Space Race part two,” a race between the U.S. and the Soviets to make first contact. Meanwhile, Mulder’s father receives a phone call from the Smoking Man who has heard that Fox was at the Institute. He points out how much tragedy the Mulder’s have already faced, and how damaging “another loss” could be to them. Angered, William Mulder growls back that he “can handle it,” pleasing the Smoking Man who notes that their work “has only just begun.”

Over in California, Dana is confronted by a strange man in a trench coat at the beach after spotting the same symbol from Mr. Wilson’s mailbox on a rock. The man appears appears to see her as a demonic creature and begins praying. Mercy appears and calls to Dana, getting her away from the man and the two go for ice cream to discuss the incident. Mercy suggests that perhaps the man put the symbol on the rock and on Mr. Wilson’s mailbox. Connecting the dots, Dana realizes that might mean he’s the killer and races back to the beach.

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Meanwhile, Admiral Scully sorts through the papers Eric’s father handed over last issue, looking for “something important.” Eventually he discovers a name circled in red ink - Officer Christopher Farrell. Later that day, Admiral Scully waits in his darkened office for Farrell. When the officer sneaks inside to place new reports on the desk, Admiral Scully confronts him for “a little talk.”

Back at the beach, Dana and Mercy question everyone they can find about the mystery man, eventually discovering a tent under the pier marked with the same symbol. The girls creep inside where Dana discovers a gun and Mr. Wilson’s Bible. They inform the police who are initially angry at the girls for continuing to investigate, however, Dana spots the man watching them and gives chase. The man halts in his tracks at the sight of Mercy, who appears to him as an angel, allowing the police to catch up. The detective begrudgingly praises Dana for her work but as they drive off with the suspect now in custody, Dana admits to Mercy that she feels no better for solving the case. The suspect, she is told, is “just some crazy guy” who happened to go off when Mr. Wilson was around - meaning he died for no reason. Mercy attempts to console her, claiming that “everything happens for a reason,” but Dana is unconvinced. “That’s what everyone keeps telling me,” she replies, walking off alone.

Dana makes her way to the beach, where she rips off her cross necklace and hurls it into the ocean, struggling to believe that God has a plan given all she has come to know. From a distance, Mercy watches her before walking away into nothing.

Later that day, the detective pulls over to hand off his “crazy guy” - now revealed as a Major Devore - to Lt. Commander Williams. Across town, Admiral Scully makes his way to an unmarked building and through a door labelled “Authorized Personnel.” Inside, he finds the Smoking Man waiting for him, and ready to have “a little chat” of his own.

I have loved this mini-series, which is why I have to admit this concluding issue feels like something of a let down. Although I’ve come to expect no real answers from The X-Files in general, Mulder’s story peters out with no real conclusion, and both leave far too many threads loose to be considered entirely satisfying. Who was Mercy, and the other blonde haired girl Mulder encountered? Why was Mr. Wilson killed? Who is Major Devore, and why did he see Dana as a demon and Mercy as an angel?

In particular, I had hoped to see more of the events which led Eric’s father to go from the man we see in Mulder’s story, to the one we see in Scully’s three years later, something that for now is left to our own imaginations. The ending we did get, in which we saw young Fox discover strength he never knew he had and the determination to keep digging, was enjoyable but felt lacking. I truly hope that the “The End…?” does indeed signal that we can expect more from this story line in the future.

As for Scully’s story, I also have my worries. One of the things I particularly enjoy about The X-Files is the different backgrounds Mulder and Scully come from, and how that impacts their investigations. Mulder’s past a sordid mixture of conspiracy, betrayal and shattered family, Scully’s a more wholesome upbringing shielded from the machinations of the government conspiracy she would one day help to unravel. By introducing Admiral Scully to the Smoking Man back in the 1970s, Scully’s history begins to shift in ways I hope won’t come to destroy this dynamic.

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The Pull List 7 December 2016
BY TRAVIS GRIMM · DECEMBER 9, 2016


I love comics. They have the ability to transport you to new places, telling a story unlike anything you’ve experienced. Comics are a special form of media; pictures, words, it’s a beautiful thing. My goal is to introduce everyone to the world of comics and the power it holds. It’s a special place that not many people have visited. Let me recommend a few comics that I’m sure will hook you and have you never looking back.
Welcome to The Pull List.

Croak #3




Story: Cody Andrew Sousa
Art: Francesco Iaquinta
Colors: Chris O’Halloran
Cover: Francesco Iaquinta
Publisher: Alterna Comics


From CBR:

One by one they were picked off… Aubrey must escape the horror lurking deep in the woods. Leaving a trail of blood in her wake, she’ll have to run for her life if she hopes to see the sunrise.

This week’s Alterna Comics #IndieComicThursday offering!

Superf*ckers Forever #5




Story: James Kochalka, Rebecca Tobin, and Tom Eccles
Art: James Kochalka, Rebecca Tobin, and Tom Eccles
Cover: James Kochalka and Josh Bayer
Publisher: IDW Publishing


From CBR:

“The Sucker Punch” concludes James Kochalka’s first SF miniseries… but wait, there’s more! A Christmas bonus in the form of a bonus 16-page holiday special, “The Superf*ckers Save X-Mas!” All that and back-up tales by Becca Tobin and Tom Eccles, too!

Back-up stories by acclaimed indie creators in ever issue. In this issue: Becca Tobin and Tom Eccles!
Variant covers by acclaimed indie creators on every issue! On this issue: Josh Bayer!
Extra-length final issue also features a bonus tale, “The Superf*ckers Save X-Mas!”


The X-Files: Origins #4




Story: Jody Houser and Matthew Dow Smith
Art: Chris Fenoglio
Colors: Chris Fenoglio
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Cover: Cat Staggs, Chris Fenoglio, and Corin Howell
Publisher: IDW Publishing


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Before the FBI, before the X-Files, they were just two teenagers in search of the truth. On Martha’s Vineyard, a young Fox Mulder investigates something strange happening on the island, while in San Diego, 13-year-old Dana Scully looks into the shocking murder of her teacher. Two kids, two mysteries, one conspiracy that threatens the future of humanity!

  • Mulder and Scully star in separate tales depicting their teen years!


  • See what made them into the characters we’ve come to love!


  • Especially crafted for young adult readers!


  • Two full-length stories in one double-length book!


  • Mystery novel variant covers by Cat Staggs (Orphan Black)!



What’s on your pull list this week?



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