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THE X-FILES #13 - Skinner, Part 2

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THE X-FILES #13 - Skinner, Part 2

Post by jade1013 on Thu 26 Jan - 4:52

The X-Files #13

  • Joe Harris (w) • Andrew Currie (a) • menton3 (c)
  • “Skinner,” Part 2 (of 2): Assistant Director Walter Skinner finally gets the spotlight! When a face from the past resurfaces, Skinner must confront painful memories of the Vietnam War in his effort to keep a dark secret from being exposed.
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  • Joe Harris (w) • Andrew Currie (a) • Photo (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Featuring the long-suffering FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner!
  • Guest art by Andrew Currie (Justice League of America)!
  • Executive produced by The X-Files creator Chris Carter!






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Re: THE X-FILES #13 - Skinner, Part 2

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Re: THE X-FILES #13 - Skinner, Part 2

Post by jade1013 on Tue 9 May - 17:58

This Wednesday...

Written by Joe Harris
Illustrated by Andrew Currie
Colored by Sebastian Cheng
Lettered by Neil Uyetake

“Skinner,” Part 2 (of 2): Assistant Director Walter Skinner finally gets the spotlight! When a face from the past resurfaces, Skinner must confront painful memories of the Vietnam War in his effort to keep a dark secret from being exposed.
















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Re: THE X-FILES #13 - Skinner, Part 2

Post by jade1013 on Wed 10 May - 12:26

The X-Files #13 Review

Nick Nafpliotis
May 10, 2017

Skinner continues to confront his past in the Vietnam War and his platoon’s choice in jewelry.



The X-Files #13
Writer: Joe Harris
Artist: Andrew Currie
Publisher: IDW Publishing

First Read Reactions


  • 1970’s Court Martial Strategy Tips: Make a big deal out of the fact that the defendant had occasionally smoked the marijuana. Then you don’t have to argue a case anymore!

  • Good lord. These guys really need to stop throwing shade at each other about that amulet.

  • Someone should tell Skinner that guns don’t work on ancient demons (and should definitely not be used on his beautiful bald head).

  • Sorry, but I’m pretty sure Scully has seen more than a few weird amulets in her time at the FBI.

  • Wow. Skinner hasn’t aged much since 1981…

  • …or 1992.

  • Uh, can someone please tell me what’s going on?

  • I swear if a Care Bear comes out and starts giving a speech about the power of forgiveness…

  • …okay that may have been even worse.

The Verdict

Yikes.

What could have (and maybe should have) been a fascinating trip into Skinner’s past turned in a standard, trope-laden tale about soldiers’ sins past. The supernatural element looked really cool thanks to Andrew Currie’s pencils, but it ended up being little more than a toothless metaphor for guilt and making peace with hard choices. There’s also the classic curse passed down from person to person in a group involved with some type of immoral act—along with Skinner brooding about doing the right thing in the face of resulting consequences.

If all of that sounds like pretty standard stuff, you have no idea how right you are. It’s hard to believe that a story involving an ancient demon and the Vietnam War could be boring, derivative, and predictable, but X-Files #13 somehow manages to pull it off. Let’s hope the next story arc gets us back to the great story telling this title was known for before the reboot.

The X-Files #13

Is it good?

What could have (and maybe should have) been a fascinating trip into Skinner’s past turned in a standard, trope-laden tale about soldiers’ sins past.

+ Artist Andrew Currie provides some incredible visuals of the book's supernatural threat.

- Unfortunately, that same element ends up being little more than a toothless metaphor for guilt and making peace with hard choices.

- The story is predictable, derivative, and not nearly as exciting or interesting as I'd hoped.

3
Meh


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Re: THE X-FILES #13 - Skinner, Part 2

Post by jade1013 on Fri 12 May - 4:52

Comic Book Review – The X-Files #13

May 12, 2017 by Tony Black



Tony Black reviews The X-Files #13…

“Skinner,” Part 2 (of 2): Assistant Director Walter Skinner finally gets the spotlight! When a face from the past resurfaces, Skinner must confront painful memories of the Vietnam War in his effort to keep a dark secret from being exposed.

The second part of ‘Skinner’, this two-part exploration of The X-Files most reliable and assured supporting main character, sees Joe Harris skilfully blend the supernatural with the conspiratorial. Set across the last almost fifty years, we continue uncovering the secret truth about Assistant Director Walter Skinner’s experiences as a young man during the Vietnam War; not just the out of body awakening following the indiscriminate murder of a Vietnamese child, but now we become aware that Skinner is connected to a mystical talisman found in an ancient temple, one which seems keen on visiting demons upon the Marine squad who committed wrongs in the name of the US government.

Harris, as ever, is as much interested in the political skullduggery as the paranormality within the story, and through a series of flashbacks around present day Mulder & Scully steadily beginning to piece together a series of mysterious deaths surrounding their loveable A.D., Harris presents a tale where Skinner is effectively on trial. Not just by the Army forces who serve to question him about his experiences, post-Vietnam, but by his own psyche and the demons metaphorically–and literally–coming home to roost.

Most interestingly, the revelations don’t directly come from Skinner himself, not at first – they come from the unfurling of the story around him, as he comes to realise that to a degree he traded off the reputations of the men he served with to insulate himself, again was afraid to face the supernatural truths at the heart of his experience. The story really is a logical extension of the monologue he gives Mulder in the episode ‘One Breath’, and by the end Skinner fundamentally has been changed and affected by what he learns about himself and his past here.

Some may end up frustrated that Harris keeps the source of the paranormality here on the fringes–bar a few suggestions typically from Mulder–but that would be to ignore the character conflict which dominates the story. The talisman is but a catalyst for Skinner’s own realisations here, which Harris conveys well alongside the undercurrent of Army tribunals and military justice rippling away and affecting Skinner’s journey. With some great art from Andrew Currie, who captures our main characters very well, this is a very good conclusion from Harris to an illuminating and fascinating X-Files story.

Rating: 8/10

Tony Black



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