Friday, July 29, 2011

What Lurks in the Longbox? #8

The X-Files/30 Days of Night #1-6

Wildstorm and IDW teamed up in 2010 for this interesting mini-series combining two popular licensed properties.  Written by Steve Niles and Adam Jones, FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully travel to Wainwright, Alaska to investigate the bizarre murders of truck drivers on an isolated road.  The victims’ bodies are discovered in a manner that defies rational explanation, which prompts Mulder and Scully’s investigation. 

Unlike the 2008 mini-series, Steve Niles wisely avoids using the complex mythology that plagued the television show during its later seasons and drove viewers away.  Instead, he focuses on the element that made The X-Files popular to begin with: "spooky" storytelling. 

Mulder and Scully’s stiff dialogue with each other suggests the story takes place early in their relationship, possibly during the first couple seasons.  This issue even resembles the first fifteen minutes of a typical episode: the opening teaser, initial investigation by the agents, and a cliffhanger scene that reveals more about the murders.  Tom Mandrake’s previous work on titles like The Spectre makes him the perfect choice to illustrate this story.  This series gets extra praise for being “new-reader friendly.”  No previous knowledge of either licensed property is needed to enjoy the story.  I haven't seen the back issues around at conventions, so your best bet is to pick up the trade paperback collection at your local comic shop.

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