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THE X-FILES #14, "Resistance" Part One.

The beginning of the end. On sale tomorrow (and either eerily prescient, or horribly dated given the reality that splashes down on a daily basis these days which keeps me pacing and shaking my head and throwing up my hands in frustration and disbelief...)

The X-Files #14

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)

“Resistance,” Part 1 (of 4): Scully receives an invitation from Firas Ben-Brahim after months of silence, and she soon discovers the dark secrets he’s been keeping from her… and the rest of the world.

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Comic Book Review – The X-Files #14

May 31, 2017 by Tony Black



Tony Black reviews The X-Files #14…

“Resistance,” Part 1 (of 4): Scully receives an invitation from Firas Ben-Brahim after months of silence, and she soon discovers the dark secrets he’s been keeping from her… and the rest of the world.


The final curtain prepares to drop in this latest issue of The X-Files ongoing comic series, not just for this continuation run as it stands from IDW, but also writer Joe Harris’ almost five year tenure as the keeper of the conspiratorial comic flame. Joe and artist Matthew Dow Smith both discuss this on recent episodes of my podcast The X-Cast in more detail, but ‘Resistance’ begins a four part arc which connects back to the mid-season four part story ‘Came Back Haunted’ and the premiere ‘Active Shooter’, continuing the story of a mysterious, seemingly alien presence capable of possessing human beings, and the connection to it of Firas Ben-Mikklesen–uh Brahim, an enigmatic industrialist and philanthropist who here slips neatly into the role of slick informant of the like Agents Mulder & Scully have encountered over the years in their search for ‘the truth’.

Even though part one of ‘Resistance’ is very much an exposition-heavy, scene-setting piece, it nonetheless immediately rewards long time readers by getting straight into the guts of the story; Scully looking into Ben-Brahim, a man there have been past hints she may well be attracted to (hints Harris lightly plays on here, mainly through Mulder’s reactions) and through her interactions, we begin to glimpse connections between what Firas describes as the ‘Old Ones’ and much more familiar elements of the classic X-Files alien mytharc, which should put a smile on the face of any X-Phile purist.

Harris places Scully in the role of deliverer while Mulder remains laconic and distrusting, which fits the older portrayal of Mulder we saw in the recent tenth series; these days he is far less given to lapping up ‘truth’ with a wooden spoon, no matter who may be providing it, while Scully has more of a balanced determination to cautiously head down the rabbit hole and see what they find. Along the way, Harris nicely shows us new sinister governmental forces looking to keep the truth at bay, and once again continues his mission statement of reminding us we live in a murky world where our administration cannot be trusted, and one senses the parallels to our current, real world political landscape may grow less and less opaque the deeper his final arc goes.

As always backed up by Dow Smith with panels filled with shadow and edgy texture, Harris’ first goodbye salvo with ‘Resistance’ is a solid beginning, filled with continuing character and mythology pieces, some dark and nefarious scenes, and a brooding, ominous final moment which suggests some serious stakes are in play. Oh, and, final fanboy geek moment: that mention of Tunisia in Scully’s files connected to Firas – ten to one his father is Conrad Strughold from Fight the Future. Calling it now!

Rating: 7/10

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The X-Files #14 Review

Nick Nafpliotis
May 31, 2017

Remember that powerful dude with a weird name who appeared to be spitting some not-so-subtle game at Dana Scully? Well, it appears he’s finally ready to tell us some big secrets (or something).



The X-Files (2016-) #14
Writer: Joe Harris
Artists: Matthew Dow Smith
Publisher: IDW Publishing

First Read Reactions


  • No matter how smooth Firas Ben-Brahim is, he still orders his food like an asshole.

  • Pulling a gun on everyone in a fancy restaurant tends to get a reaction. (Doing it in a Burger King, however, just gets you moved to the back of the line).

  • Gotta hand it to Mulder—now matter how serious things are, he can still be gloriously petty.

  • The upper echelons of the United States government are compromised? I thought this was supposed to be fiction. *ba-dum tiss*

  • Looks like the waiting list for Ben-Brahim’s restaurant just got a heck of a lot shorter.

The Verdict

The good news: This looks like the set up to a potentially great story arc.

The bad news: It takes a MASSIVE amount of exposition to get us there.

Aside from a somewhat shocking ending, the whole issue is spent setting up a twist on one of The X-Files‘ most well worn tropes. Don’t get me wrong—I love a good ‘THE GUBAMENT IS EVIL’ conspiracy, but we’ve seen this one more than a few times before with the franchise. That being said, I do like what Joe Harris has cooking here. It’s also good to see him working with Matthew Dow Smith again (even if almost all Smith gets to do is dialogue scenes).

Let’s hope next month’s issue gets things moving forward a bit…or at least helps us ascertain what the heck is going on with that “eyes of fire” thing we keep seeing.

The X-Files #14 Review
Is It Good?


+ It's good to see Joe Harris and Matthew Dow Smith working together again.

+ I like the story Harris has cooking here...

- ...even if it's yet another variation on the same X-Files story we always get.

- It takes a MASSIVE amount of exposition to get the story arc set up.

5
Average



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In Review: The X-Files #14

This is a story building issue, so there's not much drama, but the visuals are perfect.



by Patrick Hayes
June 6, 2017

The cover: The first of two covers is the Regular edition featuring work by Menton3. This is a dramatic cover showing a pistol emerging from the book’s title. The gun is pointed down at Scully, who is looking up at the weapon emotionlessly. She appears to be unafraid of the pistol, which is only inches from her face. The colors make the situation even grimmer by using a pale yellow-green cover that gives it an almost noir quality. This is a stark, creepy frontpiece. The Subscription cover is a photo cover showing Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully. The photo is from the last season of The X-Files. I’m a fan of photo covers, so this is the cover I had to purchase. Overall grades: Regular A and Subscription A+

The story: Dana Scully is at home, unthrilled with what she’s looking at on her computer after a long day at work. On a yellow tablet she writes down FBB and SHVMA FOUNDATION. After a sip of wine, she calls up an article on a congressional inquiry into a DOD contract probe, which features a photograph of Firas Ben-Brahim. Her computer chooses that moment to give her a PING with a reminder: NOT A BIG DEAL. She changes clothes and goes to a chic restaurant where she’s expected. She sits down and Ben-Brahim leans into her and says, “The man seated in the back of the dining room has a rifle aimed in this direction.” He goes on to point out several other people in the establishment — seemingly everyone — that is a killer. There’s a reason for his doing so, but Scully fails to grasp why, ultimately doing something that she shouldn’t have. The first part of “Resistance” starts out solidly by writer Joe Harris and then moves to Peters Mountain, Virginia, where Dana sees something that defies description. Who do you call when you see something that’s not natural? Fox Mulder arrives on the scene, with more than one snarky quip, immediately distrustful of Ben-Brahim and what he has to say. The remainder of the issue has this character going public with the FBI agents, and Dana trying to convince Fox that the man is telling the truth. The conflict is whether Fox can or can not. The reader is privy to a scene on the last two pages that the agents are not. What the fallout from this action is won’t be known until the next installment. This issue has Harris setting up the pieces to knock down in a future issue. One’s love of this story will depend on how much one knows of the previous issues from this run of The X-Files. This was enjoyable, but only the opening salvo. How the entire story plays out will change how this issue is considered. For now, on its own, it’s just getting things started. Overall grade: B

The art: Matthew Dow Smith has been the artist on IDW’s X-Files adventures for several years and he is a master at making every panel look shady, even when a character is smiling. The first page contains no dialogue whatsoever, but look at how every panel just seethes with tension: the opening, establishing shot of Scully at home, her computer screen containing the most mundane of information, some words she’s written on a tablet that may or may not mean nothing to the reader, and the final shot, a close-up, of Scully who’s got a look of concentration on her face. Perfect visual storytelling. Look at the masterful way Smith moves the point of view around during the dinner scene with Ben-Brahim, using horizontal panels that mirror a letterbox episode. When Scully makes a decision to do something at the bottom of Page 5, the large panel on 6 brilliantly shows the effect of that action. The large panel on 9 is an excellent WOW! panel, with the image under it containing a good reflection of Dana, showing that what she sees she has now taken to heart. The bottom panel on 11 the best wise-ass image of Fox I’ve seen in quite a while: he’s completely full of himself, knowing how funny his line is. Much of this issue focuses on delivering information to the reader, with characters standing or sitting. Smith really has to move the view about often to make the book visually entertaining, and he does, with even a conversation in a car, within a parking garage, looking suspenseful because of his close-ups and use of shadows. The final page, which features the most dramatic action of the issue, doesn’t really require a reading of the text to understand what is occurring, though the dialogue does make the action that much more shocking. Smith is the go-to artist to make The X-Files creepy. Overall grade: A

The colors: Creating tone as much as the artwork, Jordie Bellaire’s colors constantly keep the reader on edge. The brightest colors of the book can be found in the opening two pages as Scully considers what to do for the rest of her evening. As soon as she goes to the restaurant to meet with Ben-Brahim, the colors go sinister, with this swanky locale becoming washed out, symbolizing the lack of life around the man she’s going to dine with. The colors on 7 are outstanding and they are the darkest of the book. This is the finest creation of a dark location where all the line work of the artist can still be seen. My hat’s off to Bellaire for doing an exemplary job here. This page also allows the reveal of 9 to really stand out, with the colors being in complete opposition. There’s also an outstanding reflection done in some glass on the same page. The remainder of the book has Bellaire using color to add some great tension to the conversations, such as 16 (with a window) and the dread of the parking structure. Overall grade: A

The letters: A document, computer text, dialogue, the iconic logo, the story’s title, scene settings, sounds, and the teaser for next issue fall under Christa Miesner’s domain. When the visual could contain a clue to someone’s motivations or a tease of a horror to come, it’s impressive where Miesner places the text so that it doesn’t step on any element of the art that a reader must see. X-Files’ fans are going to pour over everything for a clue, so Miesner knows that the balloons can’t fall on certain things. The first sound of the book is a tremendous one, which is perfect in design and size for what’s shown. The second panel on the final page has the most fun sounds, as anyone who speaks them aloud will automatically fall into the pacing that’s intended. A well done job. Overall grade: A

The final line: This is a story building issue, so there’s not much physical drama, but the visuals are right in line for fans. Harris has never disappointed in a story, so I’m sure that next issue will show the importance of this installment. Overall grade: A-

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