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THE X-FILES #15 - Resistance, Part 2

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Post by jade1013 on Wed 22 Mar - 10:43

The X-Files #15

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

Resistance,” Part 2 (of 4): The final piece of the puzzle falls into place, threatening to send Mulder over the line, just as shadowy forces are revealed to have compromised the upper echelons of government.

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The X-Files #15—Subscription Variant

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

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The X-Files #15

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


“Resistance,” Part 2 (of 4): The final piece of the puzzle falls into place, threatening to send Mulder over the line, just as shadowy forces are revealed to have compromised the upper echelons of government.
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Post by jade1013 on Wed 28 Jun - 11:18

Comic Book Review – The X-Files #15

June 28, 2017 by Tony Black

Tony Black reviews The X-Files #15…



“Resistance,” Part 2 (of 4): The final piece of the puzzle falls into place, threatening to send Mulder over the line, just as shadowy forces are revealed to have compromised the upper echelons of government.

In his interview with The X-Cast podcast recently discussing the final run of The X-Files ongoing series, writer Joe Harris mentioned how the spectre of Donald Trump in his bizarre tenure as President would hover over ‘Resistance’, as you might expect from a commander-in-chief whose election is nothing short of a bulwark against the kind of left-wing, progressive thinking which, in a strange way, The X-Files doesn’t seem as relevant a concept within. Part two of this major four part conclusion begins with Harris unashamedly displaying his disdain for Trump via the most disturbing cabinet meeting in the White House you’re ever likely to see. Omnipresent, Trump’s blind eye when it comes to power becomes the catalyst for darker forces to emerge.

Harris is steadily now bringing together the narrative threads which have built across the last year or more of issues in this Season 10-era run of stories, and here we finally get a few specific confirmations about the enigmatic Firas Ben-Brahim and his motivations. While tapping heavily into certain elements from the first X-Files movie, Fight the Future, Harris also manages to draw a strong parallel between the lives and destinies of Firas and our boy Mulder, both eternally at the whim of chess masters with a biological connection. Scully has been closer aligned with Firas across this run but Mulder here finds a tether which binds them in ominous, foreboding circumstances, and it’s a great point of intersection drawn. These are both men incapable of escaping the ongoing conspiracy to destroy mankind, coming from very different vantage points.

Harris continues his narrative trend of blending flashbacks and occult, offbeat imagery into his story, allowing artist Matthew Dow Smith the opportunity to tap some different styles in his panels; sequences in 1980’s Tunisia are given a sepia tone to depict the past, as are the Lovecraftian flashes to the ‘Old Ones’ who form part of Harris’ own niche carved into the alien mythology. It’s interesting how Harris has done this over the run, assiduously avoiding using the word ‘alien’ in the majority of instances and allowing the audience to draw their own conclusions, with hints, as to how his story connects back to a conspiracy and mytharc that, given The X-Files is ongoing as a series, he can’t directly influence and direct too heavily. It’s a balance he’s conducted well.

Going into the penultimate issue, with both Mulder & Scully facing their own cliffhangers which place them in danger from the burgeoning new conspiracy, ‘Resistance’ continues to establish a deepening new threat at the highest echelons of power it’s hard to imagine how our FBI heroes can combat. Joe Harris also continues his response to the madness of the Trump administration which gives the issue a satirical, relevant sense of bite. The X-Files looks on course for a strong, meaningful ending to the Harris era.

Rating: 8/10

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Post by jade1013 on Sun 2 Jul - 6:02

The X-Files #15 Review

Nick Nafpliotis
June 28, 2017

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Shadowy forces make their move to take over the government of the United States along with the rest of the world.



The X-Files #15
Writer: Joe Harris
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Publisher: IDW Publishing

First Read Reactions


  • Aliens with flaming eyes are still arguably a better option than Trump.

  • Either Firas is trying to destroy the world because of daddy issues or he just REALLY enjoys corn.

  • This can’t be the first time Mulder has heard random voices.

  • The bonus points I just gave for an ‘Old Ones’ reference are immediately negated by how telegraphed this “twist” is.

  • Huh?

The Verdict

Ugh.

Okay, positives first: The art looks great (especially with regards to the lighting). And we get some Lovecraft references. Other than that, however, this issue is a severe disappointment.

I won’t spoil the massive betrayal we see, but I think it’s something we’ve all been expecting for a very long time now. It felt like more of a relief than a twist to finally have it out in the open.

Also, the one thing this book does consistently well—Mulder and Scully’s interactions—are some of the weakest I’ve ever seen. I get that their relationship is strained, but I highly doubt that Scully would be so dismissive of Mulder for what are completely founded and obvious reservations.

Add in yet another nonsensical cliffhanger, and IDW’s latest X-Files arc isn’t giving me much hope that it’s going to ever reach the heights it did a few years ago.

The X-Files #15
Is it good?


A "twist" anyone could see coming along with surprisingly weak character work make this one of the series' weakest issues.

+ The art looks great (especially with regards to the lighting).

+ Lovecraftian elements (always an easy way to my heart).

- Good or bad, the one this book has ALWAYS excelled at is the interaction between Mulder and Scully...until this issue.

- The twist is so obvious it feels like more of a relief to finally have it out in the open.

3
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Re: THE X-FILES #15 - Resistance, Part 2

Post by jade1013 on Sat 8 Jul - 13:12

In Review: The X-Files #15

Government takeovers, conspiracies, and things eager to be let loose make this an outstanding X-Files.



by Patrick Hayes
July 2, 2017

The covers: Two covers to track down for this second chapter of “Resistance.” The Regular cover is by Menton 3 and shows a disturbed Fox Mulder standing before a circular graph that’s barely visible. As the reader’s eyes drift downwards, the graph disappears and is replaced by utter darkness. Good symbolism of what’s to be found within this issue. The Subscription cover is a photo cover featuring David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. His gun is out and pointed to his left at an unseen foe. I’m a huge fan of photo covers, so this was the one I had to purchase. Overall grades: Regular B+ and Subscription A+

The story: If you’ve never read an X-Files comic book before, you’ve got to read the first five pages of this book. It’s both funny and frightening. Joe Harris begins this tale in the White House during a meeting of the President’s National Security Council. Things have gotten serious with North Korea, they’ve shot three more missiles into the Sea of Japan. The majority of the members want to make a response, but General Cunnigham would prefer to consider other options before using a military response. Over a speaker, President Trump puts in his two cents, when it’s not interfering with his golf game, which can be heard. One person at the meeting says, “If we retaliate for the missile launches, we have options. Mr. President…We could commemorate the occasion with a series of limited edition coins, for instance.” Which has the president responding, “Now I really like that idea!” Cunningham is stunned and voices his opinion more strongly, which has the president thinking he doesn’t want to be on a winning team. As the POTUS launches into his vision for the nation, the other attendees beat Cunningham to the floor. Their eyes have turned a luminescent yellow and a similarly colored energy beigns to pour out of them as they converge on the shocked general. The book then moves into the past, 1982 to be specific, where one character’s backstory is revealed and how his run-in with Conrad Strughold, from The X-Files: Fight the Future, changed his life and, possibly, the world’s. Things get dramatic quickly, with the agents separating and Fox meeting with Ben-Brahim and discovering something terrible. Worse still is the revelation from Firas that things are about to get worse. Meanwhile, Scully has gone to investigate a reoccurring address in several of Ben-Brahim’s letters. What she finds there is a surprise, leaving the reader hanging for another month. This story excellently captures the paranoia, the conspiracies, and the supernatural threats of the series. Plus, bonus points to Harris for the address’s numbers. Outstanding. Overall grade: A+

The art: Matthew Dow Smith has a photo-realistic quality with his artwork that is the envy of other books. Not just with the characters, but his settings are outstanding. Take a look at the first page’s slow pull in to the Security Council meeting: a long shot of the White House, then an empty and dark Oval Office, followed by two Marines standing guard to a pair of doors, ending with a close up of the doors themselves. Completely cinematic. Page 2 reveals the people in the room, sitting around a table. This is not Dr. Strangelove territory, this is a cramped room with at least seventeen people and computer monitors on the walls. The tense faces of the speakers show the severity of the situation, with a speaker box representing the absent president. When Cunningham makes his final plea he’s given the most space of any character and his resolve his obvious by the illustration. As the general is surrounded and knocked to the ground, the shock of the occurrence is palpable, ending Page 4 with the general’s eyes going wide telegraphing to the reader that there’s something even worse going on. This leads to the amazing Page 5 where the hidden nature of the other attendees is revealed. It’s Lovecraftian in its utter alien-ness. This is followed by a three page flashback sequence that I instantly recognized as soon as I saw the crops — It gave me goosebumps revisiting this location. Interrupting this flashback is the present, where Firas is making a plea to some unseen individuals. Combined with the dialogue, this is practically Shakespearean. Fox’s scenes with the antagonist are full of tremendous emotion, with is due in no small part to the backgrounds. The final three pages have Scully entering a house and what she finds, and what she doesn’t, will have readers on the edge of their seats. It falls heavily on Smith to provide every visual clue to the reader as to what Scully can and cannot see, making him or her feel as nervous as the character. Smith is making this a home run. Overall grade: A+

The colors: Completing the artwork perfectly are the colors by Jordie Bellaire. The first page sets the stage brilliantly for the pages that are to follow by having the White House darkened. As one of the most famous structures in the world, it’s always lit up at night. Not in this book. Even where the Marines stand guard is dark. This creates an ominous feeling before a page is turned, and when it is — Wow! The Security Council is green, due to the monitors surrounding them. This gives the book a very alien feel and foreshadows what’s to occur. Notice how the president, who’s not present, is given a red border on his speech balloons to show his power and how he’s absent. The flashback panels are in greys and whites, creating an instant recognition of the past for the reader. These contrast spectacularly with what’s occurring in the present. And check out the third panel on Page 7; any darker or lighter with the colors would have ruined the effect, but Bellaire nails it. A familiar setting is revisited on 12 and it’s dark, but not so dark that the artwork is lost in the coloring. This page and 13 provide a nice build for the reveal on 14 that shocks the reader and Fox with its colors. This is outstanding coloring that makes The X-Files the moody series that fans want. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Christa Miesner is responsible for scene settings, transmissions and dialogue (the same font), the story’s title, a haunting voice, sounds, and the tease for next issue. The scene settings mirror the classic transitions used on the television series, and they bring the reader more deeply into the story when they appear. Given the amount of dialogue that appears in several panels, it’s impressive that Miesner can insert it without stepping on the artwork. The dialogue is always easy to read, though I wish that the president’s speech had been a different font, as it’s coming over a speaker, rather than just having the dialogue balloon’s shape changed. Overall grade: A

The final line: After reading this, you’ll be lucky to sleep through the night. Government takeovers, conspiracies, and things eager to be let loose make this an outstanding X-Files. Highest possible recommendation. Overall grade: A

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