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Comic Book Review – The X-Files #11

March 1, 2017 by Tony Black

Tony Black reviews The X-Files #11…



“Contrarians,” Part 2 (of 2): Mulder chances upon evidence that suggests the now-defunct Syndicate’s involvement in the Iran-Contra affair. Guest-starring the Cigarette Smoking Man and President Reagan!

The second part of ‘Contrarians’ manages to continue Joe Harris’ glance into the dark underbelly of America’s recent history, with a classic The X-Files slant. The first issue heavily pivoted around the Cigarette-Smoking Man & the Syndicate’s connection to Ronald Reagan’s at times controversial presidency, while casting the events of Grenada in an entirely different light. Part two continues those elements while adding more of a supernatural touch, in two time periods – the present, as Mulder faces an informant who connects him to the past, where we see a slightly younger Smoking Man in the late 1980’s alongside Bill Mulder, attempting to cover up an extra-terrestrial presence. It’s another enjoyable fusion of conspiracy and alternate history which Harris has nicely interwoven in many of his comics in this sandbox to date.

What’s impressive is just how Harris manages to connect both stories, past and present, without it feeling like a stretch. Scully doesn’t get as much to do here as she has done previously but she’s still ultimately involved in Mulder’s search for the truth behind the events in Nicaragua, via the contact we last saw approach him at the end of part one. He’s the connective back to Smoking Man & Bill Mulder flashbacks that never feel contrived and serve ultimately to make a greater commentary on government interference beyond American borders while enjoying the subtle, sparky by-play between the devilish CSM and the increasingly embittered Bill.

Indeed Harris clearly has great fun tapping into the wellspring of innuendo and subtext which layered the Mulder parentage issue, which the show enjoyed playing with at times. Beyond this, there is enough of a paranormal aspect beyond the conspiracy, with a downed UFO drawn ominously in an almost Prometheus-style hue by Greg Scott, to keep the story entertaining. Seeds clearly are planted here once more, with a callback or two to Harris’s greater story plan, but they’re not too overt and never detract from an interesting tale, well told.

Stick around too for a delightful stinger of a final moment which brings ‘Contrarians’ full circle in many ways. If this issue lacks the raw, post-election anger Joe Harris poured into the first, it nonetheless reeks of mythological understanding of the series and the greater political and conspiratorial elements of the characters and story being told. A brief, therefore, but stylish and enjoyable two-part story, very nicely drawn, which ends here in satisfying fashion.

Rating: 7/10

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THE X-FILES #11 REVIEW





Mulder continues his quest to find evidence of the Syndicate’s involvement in the Iran-Contra affair (for children who didn’t grow up in the 80s, Wikipedia is your friend here).

The X-Files #11 (IDW Publishing)





Observations


  • 1980’s Cigarette Smoking Man is a douche, but his hair is totally on point.

  • When you’re Fox Mulder, a cocaine-addled ghost hitching a ride in the backseat of your car is likely to be only the third weirdest event of any given week.

  • Once again, quoting the late Rick James: “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.”

  • 1980s CSM should really stop making comments about Mulder’s wife if he doesn’t want to get his face punched in.

  • Holy crap. The X-Files office might actually do some real federal crime work here.

  • 1999 Ronald Regan: Even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, he still appears to be more on top of things than our current president (and a lot more likable).


The Verdict


Yeah, I still have no idea what was going on with that cocaine ghost storyline. The resolution makes sense, but the path we took to get there was incredibly uneven and manic…which actually works well in a meta kind of way.

The Good

The real meat of this issue is found in the flashbacks featuring Fox Mulder’s father and the Cigarette Smoking Man. There’s not a lot of new information given, but watching these two interact is revealing enough in its own way—and highly entertaining. Greg Scott does a fantastic job on the art chores (while also keeping alive the Matthew Dow Smith tradition of flashbacks looking better than the present scenes).

Joe Harris also has Mulder voice some of the questions/frustrations many X-Files fans have with how the franchise has dealt with the character’s past.

Add in some genuinely funny retro humor, and you’ve got yourself a solid X-Files issue. It certainly wasn’t spectacular, but it was also a heck of a lot better than anything we’ve read since the series’ most recent relaunch. Maybe digging back into the past is just what this book needed to start heading in the right direction again.

The real meat of this issue is found in the flashbacks featuring Fox Mulder’s father and the Cigarette Smoking Man, which are highly entertaining/revealing.Greg Scott does a fantastic job filling in on the art chores (while also keeping alive the Matthew Dow Smith tradition of flashbacks looking better than the scenes in the present).

The Bad

I still have no idea what was going on with that cocaine ghost storyline. The resolution makes sense, but the path we took to get there was incredibly uneven and manic…which actually works well in a meta kind of way.






6.5
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Best Shots Rapid-Fire Reviews: BATMAN #18, DOCTOR STRANGE #18, JAMES BOND #1, More
By David Pepose, Best Shots Team Lead



Greetings, 'Rama readers! Ready for your Thursday rapids? Best Shots has you covered, with this week's edition of our Rapid-Fire Reviews! Let's kick off today's proceedings with Juvenile Jon Arvedon, as he takes a look at Batman #18...

Batman #18 (Published by DC Comics; Review by Jon Arvedon; ‘Rama Rating: 10 out of 10): As the "I Am Bane" story arc continues to play out in the pages of Batman #18, writer Tom King not only ups the ante on the action, but he also gives us a more intimate look at the parallels between Bruce Wayne and the boy that would one day call himself Bane. The juxtaposition of the two children, both enduring similar tragedies, and the exploration of how it shaped each of them is incredibly profound, adding a beautiful new dynamic to the relationship between Batman and Bane. However, King’s excellent script would be far less impactful if not for David Finch’s outstanding sequential art, serving as a stellar visual representation of the aforementioned parallels thanks to the abutment of panels featuring both Bruce and Bane’s respective journeys from tragedy to triumph over their past. Once again, Danny Miki and Jordie Bellaire make a dynamic duo, with Danny’s inks and Jordie’s colors adding gorgeous depth to Finch’s linework and bringing the aesthetics to life. With Bane seemingly being outsmarted by Batman and Catwoman as the issue comes to a close, it will be interesting to see how the villain responds as the arc begins to wind down. Still, regardless of the eventual outcome, Batman #18 is an integral piece of Tom King’s compelling Dark Knight puzzle.

Doctor Strange #18 (Published by Marvel Comics; Review by David Pepose; 'Rama Rating: 10 out of 10): Jason Aaron teams up two of the finest physicians in the Marvel Universe, as Doctor Strange teams up with the Mighty Thor this week. With these two vastly different characters in their shared natural habitat - namely, an operating room - Stephen Strange and Jane Foster are a fun team, thanks to writer Jason Aaron's deep familiarity with both heroes. This story also works nicely because we don't necessarily get bogged down by standard superhero fisticuffs - watching Jane do super-speed brain surgery or watching Strange literally consume black magic tumors makes for a gross but thrilling read. Artist Chris Bachalo keeps his pages tight and intimate in this chapter, making the visuals flow quickly - his take on Mr. Misery makes for a great Doctor Strange villain, all ooze and tentacles and menace. This team-up proves to be exactly what the doctor ordered.

James Bond #1 (Published by Dynamite Entertainment; Review by Justin Partridge; ‘Rama Rating: 8 out of 10): Volumes 1 and 2 of Dynamite’s James Bond left some big shoes to fill, but Benjamin Percy, Rapha Lobosco and Chris O’Halloran make a damn fine go of it in the latest James Bond #1. Keeping the character in line with the blunt, but witty Bond of the Ellis era, Percy goes big and sleek for his opening; pitting Bond against cyberterrorists and hopping to exotic locales like the French Alps and the Shinjuku District of Tokyo. Artist Rapha Lobosco, whose pencils look like a stylish cross between Howard Chaykin and Eduardo Risso, keeps pace with Percy’s brisk script and along with the radiating colors of O’Halloran, he distances the new volume from the previous ones with plenty of his own singular panache. If you are unsure of this new volume, just think of it as a new director and production team taking over the returning cast because James Bond #1 is too fun to just dismiss outright.

The Dregs #2 (Published by Black Mask Studios; Review by Justin Partridge; ‘Rama Rating: 9 out of 10): Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Eric Zawadzki, and Dee Cunniffe’s hypnotic and harrowing noir continues in The Dregs #2. After a daring escape from the upper crust meat harvesters prowling the streets, Arnold is back on the streets and back on the case and slowly losing his mind. Nadler and Thompson’s script is clearly inspired by classic noir but finds other inspired sources to pull from like Albert Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus.” The Camus work also inspires the issue’s clever main set piece in which Eric Zawadzki and Dee Cunniffe build a tight circular double page maze detailing Arnold’s drug fueled decent as a profile of Arnold pushes a rock around the outside of the panels around the page. Though The Dregs started strong, it's only gotten stronger, as this creative team delivers another poetic and engaging installment.

The Clone Conspiracy Omega #1 (Published by Marvel Comics, Review by Kat Calamia, ‘Rama Rating: 5 out of 10): After a lackluster final chapter with The Clone Conspiracy #5, I expected this epilogue issue to do a better job at wrapping a rushed and crowded storyline. This issue was split into three stories: the direct aftermath of the events of The Clone Conspiracy, a prelude to Ben Reilly’s new book, and a story teasing the Norman Osborn event coming to Amazing Spider-Man. Sadly all three of these stories were underwhelming, and the artwork felt rushed. The first story had a similar problem to The Clone Conspiracy #5, in that there were too many plotlines Dan Slott and Christos Gage were trying to wrap up with not enough room to tell them. This made the weight of the emotional scenes with characters like the Rhino feel out of place. Cory T. Smith’s pencils give a similar tone to Jim Cheung’s art style from The Clone Conspiracy mini-series, but Smith’s pencils feel less refined, with less detailed facial expressions. The second story focuses on Ben Reilly’s villainy, but still doesn’t give the character enough depth to feel like a fully realized villain. Mark Bagley’s pencils are the cleanest out of the stories, especially with character close-ups. The last story, which ties into the next Spider-Man event, was the most interesting to me, even if it was the shortest. The story takes a good look at Kingpin and Spider-Man’s relationship, and shows what lengths Spider-Man will take to destroy Norman Osborn. Sadly, the artwork wasn’t the strongest, this was especially noticeable with the little amounts of line work on Kingpin’s white suit making the character’s proportions feel off. Overall, The Clone Conspiracy Omega doesn’t redeem the underwhelming ending of this Spider-Man event.




The X-Files #11 (Published by IDW Publishing; Review by Justin Partridge; ‘Rama Rating: 8 out of 10): The second part of “Contrarians” delivers a suitably weird and wry finale to the X-Files ongoing’s jaunt into Mulder’s father’s past. Writer Joe Harris brings his X-infused tale of alternate history to a head as the ramifications of Mulder’s father and the Cigarette Smoking Man’s 1987 mission to Nicaragua literally haunt Fox in the present day. Though it doesn’t have nearly enough Scully for my taste, Harris’ script still brings the strange in a fun way. Artist Greg Scott and colorist Wes Dzioba provide a nice balance between the strange and mundane as they detail the flashbacks in heavy grey hues and the present day normally but with a jovial eye catching ghostly presence cutting through the everyday setting. The X-Files revival series has gotten really great at delivering these short, but effective story arcs, and this issue is yet another solid example of their consistency.

Superman #18 (Published by DC Comics; Review by Jon Arvedon; ‘Rama Rating: 10 out of 10): Since the start of “Rebirth,” the “Reborn” story arc has been brewing. Now, in the pages of Superman #18, all the waiting finally begins to pay off as co-writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason start things off with a bang, revealing that someone has managed to escape from the grip of the enigmatic Mr. Oz. From there, we transition to a beautiful family dinner between Clark, Lois, and Jon, but Tomasi and Gleason waste little time before once again dialing up the mystique and intrigue surrounding the Man of Steel, his doppelganger, and his past. In addition to co-writing duties, Gleason is also on pencils, but the additional responsibilities do little to detract from his gorgeous linework. The slightly animated style lends itself well to the touching family moments but still feels perfectly at home when things begin to heat up in the latter half of the story. Mick Gray’s deep black inks complement Gleason’s lively style beautifully, but it’s John Kalisz’s vibrant color art that truly makes the visuals pop, especially in the panels that incorporate a good deal of negative space. Superman #18 is an incredible introductory chapter to the “Reborn” story arc, setting an emotional and ominous tone for what’s to come, and definitely leaving you wanting more.

Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #4 (Published by Dynamite Entertainment; Review by Justin Partridge; ‘Rama Rating: 8 out of 10): A thrilling team up and a macabre reveal lift Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon out of the doldrums of its middle issues just in time for a rousing finale. Writer David Liss puts all his cards on the table which include German sleeper agents, brainwashed attack zombies, and pulpy action throughout. His endgame hums along as Green Hornet, Kato, and the Swashbuckler systematically dismantle the Demon’s plan to pull the city into chaos by eliminating the police force. This finale issue also proves to be artist Kewber Baal and colorist Adriano Augusto’s finest hour as the pair throw themselves into the constant masked action with dynamic panel layouts and lush colors. We may have hit some valleys in the previous issues but Green Hornet: Reign of the Demon #4 gives us a decent enough peak as it takes its final bow.

Motor Girl #4 (Published by Abstract Studio; Review by Kat Calamia; ‘Rama Rating: 8 out of 10): Motor Girl’s narrative blends hallucination with reality in this tale about UFOs. Motor Girl #4 continues to follow Samantha, a war veteran with PTSD, as she slowly deals with the psychological trauma of being held a prisoner of war. The most powerful moments in this issue are the small reactions Samantha has as she starts dealing with her trauma. Motor Girl #4 opens up with Samantha lying in her bathtub with a bottle of Jack in her hand, nursing an excessive headache after receiving head trauma during her time in war. This scene leads to a flashback of Samantha being held captured and being abused. Terry Moore is slowly revealing Samantha’s past by giving small scenes about her experiences in every issue, making Samantha’s psychological journey even more powerful. This is also showcased in Samantha’s interaction with hired hitman, Victor. As she sees the man sitting alone in the middle of the desert, her brain switches back to soldier mood. She believes the man has a bomb strapped around his body. She gets paranoid with the man who we later learn is connected to the bigger UFO story, allowing the audience to speculate which parts of Samantha’s narrative is real or part of her hallucinations. Motor Girl #4 is a well done, slow-paced issue building the psychological narrative, and the black and white art by Terry Moore brings a necessary moody tone. Motor Girl is a unique story that focuses on psychological trauma, while also giving a view of the possibility that we aren’t alone in the universe.

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IN REVIEW: THE X-FILES #11


A perfect X-Files tale full of thrills and strangeness that will leave readers hungry for more,



by Patrick Hayes

The covers: Two options to capture one’s imagination this month. The interior of the comic doesn’t contain images for this month’s issue, instead accidentally reprinting Issue #10’s covers. Having purchased a physical copy and going online, I was able to find what the real covers look like. The Regular cover is by Menton3 and it’s like a lost scene from an episode. A flying saucer has crashed into a vegetative locale, mist is slightly obscuring the bottom of the image. Silhouettes of three soldiers approaching the UFO are seen at the bottom, as is this issue’s title in the iconic X-Files font, “Contrarians” Part 2. Excellent cover. The Photo Cover features William B. Davis as the Cigarette Smoking Man. This cover is startling because it shows the iconic antagonist in his most recent appearance from the last six episode season. He continues to look absolutely threatening. One to track down, if one can handle looking upon his visage. Overall grades: Regular A and Photo Cover A+

The story: This is the second and final chapter of “Contrarians” by Joe Harris and it doesn’t require reading of the first installment for a reader to enjoy this tale. Bluefields, Nicaragua, 1987, William “Bill” Mulder and the Cigarette Smoking Man banter while they lead a group of armed men through a green field and into the mountains. Two of the men are carrying a large crate. One loses hold and it falls to the ground with a WHUMP. The CSM says, “You’d better be careful with that, soldier. War might be winding down in Nicaragua, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of things to be blown up,” and he tosses his lit cigarette at the box. Their conversation resumed, CSM asks after Bill’s boy, Fox. He’s told he should be proud of his son, but Bill believes, “It’s only a matter of time before he starts putting two and two together. I won’t be able to shield him from the truth much longer.” Their dialogue quickly turns nasty, however both are silenced by their arrival at their destination: a large, moss covered UFO. Shifting to the present, Fox has unwelcome visitor in his back seat, whose speech makes him very different from others. If you haven’t treated yourself to a Joe Harris penned X-Files’ tale, you’re missing out. Several people have written the adventures of Mulder and Scully but no one has been more adept at capturing the characters’ voices, the mystery, the tension, the strangeness of this franchise’s comic book adventures like he has. If Harris were to have an issue with two characters just facing each other and talking, I’m sure it would be the most tense story I’ve ever read. This issue has Fox going on a journey with a stranger that leads him into all sorts of trouble, an area he’s familiar with, and there’s an incredible flashback story of Bill Mulder and the CSM focusing on what they did in Nicaragua, and how it all went wrong. Using a flashback provides needed backstory for what’s happening with Fox, but also provides incredibly entertaining moments with the elder Mulder and CSM. The conclusion of Fox’s plight is pure X-Files and the final page is a perfect scream of a revelation. Overall grade: A+

The art: This books looks like a missing episode of The X-Files. Greg Scott does the visuals and they look great. The book opens with a terrific establishment shot of the South American settings, slowly panning down to the trail of men making their way. The perspective swings about to the front of the line where Bill is wiping his brow (showing how intensive their journey is), while in front of him the Cigarette Smoking Man lights up another cancer stick. The focus then falls upon the later as he makes an ominous statement. This first page establishes the settings and the characters strongly. All too often, some artists overuse characters in silhouette, but in The X-Files it’s a necessity and Scott does it exceedingly well, as the second page demonstrates, with the soldiers having issues with the crate. I really like how after the CSM tosses his cigarette at the men, the follow up panel has his face in the dark, showing the reader that the character’s shady nature exists long after his confrontational actions. The reveal on 4 is excellent, while the character who appears alongside the story’s title is beautifully frightening. Fox’s scenes move about like an episode, with the point of view shifting from what Fox can see in his back seat, to what his unwelcome companion sees. The final location of Fox’s tale is a common setting for many of the program’s episodes, but Scott brings it life handsomely. Pages 17 and 18 contain some magic moments that showcase the story’s climax, but it’s the final page that left me screaming. Scott’s visuals had me shocked at who was being shown, with the attitude of this new character in the third panel leaping off the page, increasing the tension of the text. Yeah, I’d be more than welcome to see Scott continue with this series. Overall grade: A+

The colors: When the story is in the flashbacks, the colors, by Wes Dzioba, become various shades of peru or burlywood (Yes, I looked them up to find the closest match) to give the reader a visual cue when the past is being shown. This isn’t just a blanket coloring job, there are several subtle shades done to provide the perfect perspective to each panel. When the story shifts to the present it’s almost jarring with the bright colors. Sounds are give some nice pop with their bright hues and the unwelcome visitor that’s with Mulder has a special color done to his dialogue balloon to make him even more of an outsider. Excellent work by Dzioba. Overall grade: A


The letters: The iconic font for X-Files’ settings, dialogue, sounds, the story’s title, a slight differentiation for the speech of Fox’s friend, and the tease for next issue are brought to life by Robbie Robbins. Using the series’ look for scene settings allows a reader to comfortably fall into the story and each sound enhances the tale well. Robbins is acing every piece of text he inserts onto the page. Overall grade: A

The final line: I defy any fan not to hear Mark Snow’s haunting theme music at the end of this issue. It’s a perfect X-Files tale full of thrills and strangeness that will leave readers hungry for more, but afraid of what it might reveal. Recommended. Overall grade: A

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