Review: The X-Files: Conspiracy – Part 4 – Transformers

I’ll confess it. There was a moment, back in 1987 when I realized that my brother had a cooler toy than all of the ones I had. I didn’t care for his sports stuff, or his building blocks, but he had gotten an Optimus Prime for Christmas and I was taken by it. The whole idea that a truck could turn into a talking robot and that it wasn’t only on my TV but in my living room was stunning.

I wanted that truck so bad. I still want that truck so bad. I’ve been sort of a tomboy ever since and I love it. I have an enormous love for Back to the Future and I love every movie that has a car chase in it… so when IDW announced The X-Files: Conspiracy series and that it included Transformers, I was immediately hooked.

Warning – SOME spoilers ahead!

I have to confess, too, that I have yet to read any other Transformers comics, but this issue reminded me of how much I love them. Paul Crilley nailed Bumblebee’s sense of humor and Optimus’ fatherly nature, and explained their universe without thoroughly confusing the readers that might have no clue of what a “Decepticon” is. I also believe that in terms of characterization, the Gunmen felt real and true to the universe that has been developed throughout this series. I especially liked the character development that he allowed for Langley and Bumblebee; it raised the stakes and gave motivation to the characters to respond to the situations they were presented. They stole the show.

The story, which I won’t explain in much detail for a change, is simple and it grabs you from the start, moving forward along the path of the Lone Gunmen’s mission: to save us from a virus that might wipe out the US in just one week. I was very pleased with Dheeraj Verma’s work at the pencils, though I still have problems with how Byers’ portrayal turns out in some of these. Don’t get fooled though, this issue has very creative use of the art, with a style that suits the genre like a glove, presenting us with great visuals that supported the storytelling in a clever way and the especially breathtaking colors by Joana Lafuente. I think in terms of the look of this issue, that is the one thing that I couldn’t get enough of. Amazing job.

As it turns out, Frohike, Langley and Byers manage to make a solid team with the amazing alien vehicles, saving Ratchet from the claws of Skylogic Systems, the sinister organization that seems to be behind the whole pandemic. They also find a way to get a sample that will help Scully and the CDC work on a possible vaccine to fight off the impending catastrophe – that is, if a final threat doesn’t stop them. The last few frames set the cliffhanger for next month’s issue, which features The Crow.

XFiles Consp TF-pr-6The issue features with three great covers; the standard one by Miran Kim, a dark subscription cover with art and colors by Dheeraj Verma and Joana Lafuente, respectively, and a third and last RI cover with art by Joe Corroney and colors by Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Studios.

I continue to enjoy the way Conspiracy is being written, though I can understand why this might not be everyone’s cup of tea if you don’t enjoy the comedic tone that may seep through some of the pages. I am very satisfied by this issue though, the fourth out of six in this series, and I’m really looking forward to the next one.

You know the drill: rush over to your local comic store, shop and pre-order. You can also enjoy these via Comixology. In case you might want to drop IDW a line about these comics you can do so at their twitter or even via email at letters@IDWPublishing.com

Continuing Mobile Site Issues

If you were trying to access the site through a mobile device lately you may have been in for a surprise. We are currentely working on it, and it will be up and running (as soon as Team Canada wins the Good Ol’ Hockey gamme, and Thinkey can get a…something sleep)

Joking aside, be assured that the content of the site right now is in no trouble.  We’ve removed the comments section, and the forum latest post section during upgrades.  The actual mobile problem will be resolved as we go through the site’s files to eliminate the infected files. Sections will be restored to normal progresively.

Your computer is not in any risk, as long as you don’t go happily clicking on the porn banners – at that point we can’t gurantee what’s on the other end.

The best is to use the web version for now – we’ve tried disabling it, however  it takes further work we can’t do right now… As Canada is about to go for Gold.

Yes, I’m a HUGE hockey fan, Sydney Crosby fan (he’s near family to me…seriously – my cousin’s husband’s sister is Sid’s aunt…there’s a Kevin Bacon joke here someplace, but after XFN, what isn’t? ) and I wait every 4 years for this game.  In other words: Bare with the newfie webmaster until the hockey yayas are gone. 

Hang in there, the mobile site will fix itself in the next 48 hours. 

– Holly Simon

Continuing site issues – mobile site

If you were trying to access the site through a mobile device lately you may have been in for a surprise.  Just letting everyone know however that we are currently working on it, and it will be up and running as soon as Team Canada wins the Good Ol’ Hockey game, and Thinkey can get a…something sleep. 

Be assured that the content of the site right now is in no trouble.  We’ve removed the comments section, and the forum latest post section during upgrades.  The actual mobile problem will be resolved as we go through the site’s files to eliminate the infected files. 

Your computer is not in any risk, as long as you don’t go happily clicking on the porn banners – at that point we can’t guarantee what’s on the other end.

Best to use the web version for now – we’ve tried disabling it, however the new templates has this stuff pretty built in and not something I can wrap my head around at 6:40AM in the morning. As Canada is about to go for Gold.

Yes, I’m a HUGE hockey fan, Sydney Crosby fan (he’s near family to me…seriously – my cousin’s husband’s sister is Sid’s aunt…there’s a Kevin Bacon joke here someplace, but after XFN, what isn’t? ) and I wait every 4 years for this game.  In other words: bare with the newfie webmaster until the hockey yayas are gone. 

Hang in there, the mobile site will fix itself in the next 48 hours. 

Chris Carter Heads to Reddit for an AMA

Frank Spotnitz, Gillian Anderson, and David Duchovny have all done it, but now it’s Chris Carter’s turn. As part of the promotion for his new pilot The After, Chris will be participating in an upcoming AMA on Reddit

The informal question and answer session will take place in the IAmA subreddit on February 27th at 4pm ET. So that gives you all a few days to come up with the best questions!

Wondering about that creepy tattooed thing at the end of The After? Have a question that’s been bugging you for a a decade about Scully’s thought process from that one scene? Now is your time to ask, Philes. Because you never know where the ever-elusive Chris Carter will turn up next.

We will be sure to update our Facebook and Twitter when the event goes live, so stay tuned. 

Review: The X-Files: Conspiracy # – Part 3 – TMNT

In my previous review of this series, I made the observation that these comics are the equivalent of watching The Lone Gunmen show. This latest edition convinced me even more; its comedic timing reminds me of some of the funniest episodes of the short-lived series.

For those that have been following the Season 10 comics, you’ll appreciate the familiar strokes of Michael Walsh, ink by Adam Gorham and colors by Jordie Bellaire. The X-Files: Conspiracy – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was written by Ed Brisson and edited by Bobby Curnow and Denton Tipton. Covers by Miran Kim, Michael Walsh, and Brian Corroney and Brian Miller.

My review follows after the jump. Beware of Spoilers.

 

 

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Mobile Site Back Online

It seems we had a little hacker in our system disrupiting the mobile version of the site.  The site is now fixed (as far as we can tell).  If you find this anywhere else on the site please leave a comment so we can fix the problem.  We will be checking through the site.  You can also reach us through our twitter feeds (@XFilesNews) and Facebook.

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Review: The X-Files: Season 10 – Issue #9

I love that time of the month when I get new X-Files comics; I particularly loved it this time around. The X-Files: Season 10 – #9 had me so enthralled that it allowed me to forget that there’s a civil war in the making in my home country. I won’t bore you with those details though, because we’re here to talk X-Files, and boy, will we.

“Chitter” – the 9th issue of Season 10 – tackles you to the ground with a teaser that is sure to make you squirm, and which continues to speak of Joe Harris’ gory imaginary, and Greg Scott’s ability to put to image a story that has nothing to envy the TV and Film version of The X-Files. Perhaps this is what I liked the most about this issue, but I digress. This is a one shot that is more loaded than perceived at a first glance, especially for those that have followed closely along with the William storyline.

This issue was written by Joe Harris, with art by Greg Scott, colors by Art Lyon, letters by Robbie Robbins, edited by Denton Tipton and executive produced by, of course, Chris Carter. The regular cover was designed by Carlos Valenzuela, the RI cover is by menton3 and an additional subscription cover features a picture from Frank Spotnitz’ episode “Daemonicus”.

More of this review and a lot of spoilers after the jump.

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David Duchovny in “Louder Than Words”

David Duchovny has yet another independent film coming out soon. Louder Than Words, directed by Anthony Fabian, follows the story of a couple who decides to build a children’s hospital after the unexpected death of their young daughter.

The film premiered at the Hamptons Film Festival in October of last year. Joining Duchovny in the cast are Hope Davis, Timothy Hutton and Adelaide Kane.

A new trailer has been released for the film:

There is no set national release date yet, nor any word if the movie will get a theatrical release or if it will go straight to DVD, but expect the film to pop up soon.

Louder Than Words, produced by Identity Films, is based on a true story.