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THE X-FILES #16 - Resistance, Part 3

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THE X-FILES #16 - Resistance, Part 3

Post by jade1013 on Tue 9 May - 18:20

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04.19.2017 by CBR Staff

The X-Files #16—Cover A: menton3


  • Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)
  • “Resistance,” Part 3 (of 4): With Scully under arrest, Mulder must partner with a hated enemy in order to bring down a corrupt official.
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The X-Files #16—Cover B: Tom Whalen


  • Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • Tom Whalen (c)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Executive produced by The X-Files creator Chris Carter!
  • Don’t miss the Flukeman cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!

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Post by jade1013 on Sat 15 Jul - 6:00

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The X-Files #16
Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)
“Resistance,” Part 3 (of 4): With Scully under arrest, Mulder must partner with a hated enemy in order to bring down a corrupt official.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
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Executive produced by The X-Files creator Chris Carter!
- Don’t miss the Flukeman cover by Mondo artist Tom Whalen, part of our Tom Whalen Cover Month!



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Post by jade1013 on Wed 19 Jul - 5:02

Comic Book Review – The X-Files #16

July 19, 2017 by Tony Black

Tony Black reviews The X-Files #16…



“Resistance,” Part 3 (of 4): With Scully under arrest, Mulder must partner with a hated enemy in order to bring down a corrupt official.

Tensions are building to an absolute knife edge in the penultimate issue of The X-Files continuation run, part three of ‘Resistance’, as Joe Harris front loads his story with the most pointed commentary yet about the Trump administration, the Lovecraftian alien menace cementing its hold and both Mulder & Scully under serious threat from the insidious forces taking power in the government. Events are racing toward the kind of conclusion you only ever get in Chris Carter’s magnum opus; enigmatic, open-ended and filled with topical subtext. ‘Resistance’ as a mythology story in many ways feels like the super soldier narrative of Seasons 8 & 9 of the show done with a little more political, satirical panache.

The super soldier storyline hasn’t been weaved into ‘Resistance’ but quite honestly it could be as Harris’ story, especially in this issue, hems closely to Carter’s take on Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In this case, the orange-eyed, almost demonic alien creatures living inside human beings begin communicating their intentions to both Scully and Mulder, through various different vessels. The concept of both storylines is identical; insidious forces taking power through weak, ineffectual Republican governments, and with the weakest American government in power for generations, Harris accentuates this many fold. He fuses the quiet alien consumption with a much louder distraction, the idea of Trump going to war with North Korea. This is classic X-Files; Harris exacerbating real world tensions for powerful dramatic effect.

With the spectre of possible nuclear war hanging over the story, a Third World War spurred on by these insidious and frankly creepy alien forces assuming control with Trump as their likely stooge, Mulder & Scully are placed in their classic position of trying to understand their situation, much less do anything about it. Firas Ben-Brahim lurks after his revelations to Mulder previously while Scully is kept in a ‘black site’, the epitome of off-the-grid X-Files paranoia, menaced by resurrected alien forces. Much like artist Matthew Dow Smith, whose panels once again drip with sinister foreboding, drew Ben-Brahim in the style of Mads Mikklesen, so the military official Scully encounters looks like a 1990’s Kate Mulgrew to a tee. When another officer called her ‘Admiral’, I almost guffawed at the in-joke. ‘Resistance’ gets away with these winks and nods with consummate ease.

Giving Skinner more of a presence has also been a boon to this story, he once again straddling the line between helping Mulder and what he can’t tell him, which helps further build ‘Resistance’ into the kind of spooky mythology story you almost wish the TV show was tapping into. Tight, complex, filled with unerring moments and a real sense of impending doom that fits the zeitgeist of our time, ‘Resistance’ sets the scene for what could be Joe Harris’ best story yet for this continuation series of The X-Files as he bows out of the job.

8/10

Tony Black


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Post by jade1013 on Wed 19 Jul - 5:44

The X-Files #16 Review

Nick Nafpliotis
July 18, 2017


The X-Files (2016-) #16
Joe Harris
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At this point, a takeover of the United States government by an ancient entity seems disturbingly possible—not that Mulder and Scully are going to let it happen.

First Read Reactions


  • I know Scully is a dedicated medical professional, but when dead people start coming back to life all around you, it’s time to get the hell out of there.

  • Director Skinner: A master of screwing you over while simultaneously attempting to help.

  • I don’t care how much you “want to believe,” Mulder. When the eyes of the dude you’re talking to start glowing and he forces you to see into his mind, it’s time to get the hell out of there.

  • Why are people still surprised that this Ben-Brahim fellow might be up to something bad?

The Verdict


When I was younger (much younger), I used to get mad at the people who said that the stand-alone X-Files episodes were better than the ones steeped in the show’s mythology. Sure, I thought that Tooms and The Flukeman were all types of cool, but what I really wanted to see was the story of Mulder and Scully unraveling the franchise’s overarching mystery.

Now, as I’ve grown old and bitter, I have become exactly what I hated…and I think I understand why.

While I appreciate Joe Harris’ attention to the X-Files’ grand conspiracy, there are only so many ways to show that a shadowy organization of extraterrestrial origin has compromised our government (and yes, elder gods do count as being extraterrestrial). It’s been done so much with this franchise that every story beat feels two steps behind our expectations. It also (in my opinion) constrains Harris’ storytelling and remarkable dialogue skills to a tale that just isn’t that interesting with these particular characters anymore.

I’d much rather see Harris take on threats of a more personal nature and Matthew Dow Smith draw cool new monsters (instead of random background characters with glowing eyes)—although I must admit that the way Harris ties the narrative in with our current governmental dumpster fire is absolutely brilliant and hilarious. It’s also a painful reminder of just how good this series could be if the narrative wasn’t being hogtied by a predictable and convoluted plotline.

Perhaps Harris/Smith will reach into that “hole in the sky” and pull out a fantastic conclusion, but I’m not holding my breath for it.

The X-Files #16
Is it good?


Not even Harris' brilliant topical humor and Matthew Dow Smith can save this series from the grips of a predictable, stale narrative.

+ The way Harris ties the plot to our current governmental dumpster fire is both brilliant and hilarious.

- While I appreciate Joe Harris’ attention to the X-Files’ grand conspiracy, there are only so many ways to show that a shadowy organization of extraterrestrial origin has compromised our government.

- How are people still surprised that Ben-Brahim is up to something?

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