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Award winning Francesco Francavilla will be illustrating as cover artist for The X-Files Season 10 as Menton3 takes over as interior artist beginning in issue #10.
Named as one of Comic Alliance's Best Comic Book Artists of 2013, Francesco Francavilla is a self-professed "huge" fan of the show and is sure to bring us many great covers. His body of work includes Doctor Who's Prisoners of Time, Afterlife With Archie, Lone Ranger, Avengers Arena and many more. Comic Alliance interviewed Francesco following the announcement and you can read the entire article here.
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Chris Carter is a busy man; he's currently finishing up his pilot for Amazon Studios, "The After", and is working on a new and secretive development for AMC involving conspiracies. MTV's Tami Katzoff recently got the opportunity to speak with him and the interview was packed with quite a few little nuggets of goodness. Read on for some of the highlights.
While it may come as no surprise to X-Philes, Chris talked about a few of the things that amazed him, saying about the 20th anniversary panel at 2013 San Diego Comic Con, "One is that they could fill [the Convention Center's Ballroom 20] to capacity, that's just an amazing thing for me after 20 years."
I think I speak for the fans when I say that we'd do it every day if we could.
He went on, saying, "The second thing is that I was just so — amazed isn't the right word — pleased to see all the people that I worked with having prospered, and their families have grown up, and that was just a very rewarding moment."
When asked about the Breaking Bad spin-off, "Better Call Saul", Carter talked fondly of his own experience spinning off "The X-Files" with "The Lone Gunmen", saying, "I think it's so good and so funny," and while we all wish there was more Byers, Langly and Frohike, Carter had some thoughts on why our beloved spin-off only made it to thirteen episodes saying, "Things were changing right about that time. Reality TV was sneaking in, and right when 'The X-Files' ended there was a kind of change in the landscape." When asked if he had any advice for the makers of "Better Call Saul" he said, "Oh gosh, those people don't need any advice. They all know what they're doing."
Moving on to The X-Files, there were a couple great quotes.
Speaking about "The X-Files: Season 10" comic books, Carter said, "I think they've been doing a really good job. I like that there are characters coming back, they're bringing characters to life, and that tickles me." If you haven't already, pick up a copy of the latest issue which hit the shelves Wednesday and be sure to check out X-Files News' review of it here.
And finally, no interview is complete without the requisite question about a possible XF3 movie. Carter confirmed that if it were to happen, there would be no rebooting, recasting or reimagining, saying, "I can't imagine not doing it with David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson]. For me they are 'The X-Files.'"
Agreed, Mr. Carter.
Chris Carter said it best when he claimed that no one really dies on The X-Files, unless you’re Teena Mulder… and even then, I’m sure I could find someone that could debate it, or Melissa Scully… I could be opening a can of worms here.
The fact of the matter is that Flukeman is one of those ever-terrifying characters that you never forget, no matter how much you try, especially when you brush your teeth or think about your city’s sewer system.
“Hosts,” part two, concludes the storyline that began in issue #6, with Mulder and Scully back at the FBI and trying to “close the books” on stray cases such as the infamous Flukeman.
This installment begins by illustrating the backstory that Harris has conceived to explain the existence of our favorite humanoid parasite. Flukey’s origins seem to date back to 1986, and the Chernobyl era in Ukraine; a worker is assigned to assist on a dangerous operation at the plant’s sewer system, but is left to die, drowned by the nuclear waste. His body mutates with the flatworms present in the area and so the king of the mutant taeniae is born.
In present time, Mulder has been attacked by the mutant infestation that has swarmed Martha’s Vineyard, but he manages to survive, assisted by the local sheriff. Mulder unknowingly saves the day, and he’s nursed back to health by Scully, but the question still hangs in the air: is Flukey really dead this time?
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What called out to my attention was that this storyline reminded me a lot of the Black Oil storylines, including its presence in "Fight The Future", and also the style and structure of episodes such as "Agua Mala", "Brand X", "Deadalive" and "Tunguska" – partly because Scully is the ever knowing healer, but also because of that “grey feeling” that a lot of us identify as the “Vancouver texture”.
Whether or not this was intentional on Harris’ part, he did a great job capturing the cloudiness and mood of those early season episodes. Scully’s tone, as always, feels natural, and convalescent Mulder reminds me of his time in Triangle, while infused with a bit more of Duchovny’s style. Casagrande and Califano brought very interesting visual language to this issue, and the colorists - Florean and Cuomo – truly portrayed that early X-Files feel for me and it pleased me greatly.
I always make a brief comment about the cover art and I’m very pleased by this issue in that regard. Valenzuela’s work delivers the mood and subtlety that we’re used to getting every month, and I’m particularly happy with the shadow work that gives texture and mystery to the dark setting, instead of just a plain background. The work on the character’s expressions is also quite refined. The second cover, by C.R. Wilson III, also presents us with great shadow and texture work, and actually reminds me of vintage circus signage art; I think it’s fun and different. It makes me wonder: what if Flukey were part of the "Humbug" reality?
This issue delivered more effectively an extensive amount of information in comparison to the previous one, in my opinion, and perhaps a different level of maturity when it comes to how this theme was treated - I’m a sucker for vintage, sue me.
When it comes to how The X-Files: Season 10 has tackled continuing the X-Files universe, the series has its advocates and its opponents, we’ve talked about it before, and I can understand how it’s hard to comply with reopening doors that were closed. In my previous review I mentioned that I approached this “revisit” to the Flukeman story with reserve, because is one of my favorite characters, and while I think it could be plausible for this story to exist in the X-Files world, and I’m satisfied with the peek into this possible scenario, but I wonder if it isn’t time to see new monsters come visit this new opportunity we have to flesh out brand spanking new X-Files apart from any theme or topic that might have been previously presented in the original series and movies.
The X-Files: Season 10, #7 – Hosts, Part 2 of 2 comes from Joe Harris’ pen, and as always is Executive Produced by Chris Carter, with cover art by Carlos Valenzuela and Charles Paul Wilson III. Art by Elena Casagrande with Silvia Califano, colors by Arianna Florean with Azzurra M. Florean, and color assisted by Valentina Cuomo. Letters by Neil Uyetake and Gilberto Lazcano, and edited by Denton J. Tipton.
I have really fond memories of my first encounter with the Flukeman… or as we lovingly call him, Flukie. To the regular people, like my mom, having endearing feelings over a humanoid flatworm would sound, lets say, outlandish, but not to the avid X-Files fan. Is not only the fact that we all have this kind of shared “guilt” over the fact that his sole existence relies on the aftermath of human kind’s cruelty to Mother Earth, but also because it reminds us of a “simpler” time, back when we were fresh faced about this show and just sinking our teeth into the marvelous universe that was The X-Files.
The first seasons of our beloved show seems like twenty years ago. Oh, wait.
Having said that, with The X-Files: Season 10 comics taking a stab at this classic character, the natural reaction is to approach with caution, but also with an open mind.
Issue #6 is written by Joe Harris, featuring Art by Elena Casagrande and covers by Carlos Valenzuela and Menton3 and is the first part of two that will explore this storyline in a “Monster-of-the-Month” model that steps away from the conspiracy scheme.
Mulder and Scully have been reinstated to the FBI, an important step for them, especially when they have to walk down memory lane and figure out where they stand in this new situation. They come back to a now Deputy Director Skinner and their new direct supervisor, the clean cut Assistant Director Anna Morales.
Right away we can see the touch of Harris’ pen when it comes to figuring out the current political landscape. His talent to navigate the Washington game shines through in quick lines and clever visual language and it serves as a great tool to mark the difference between the time we last saw Mulder and Scully at an FBI office in IWTB and today.
Morales has an interest in new and old X-Files that haven’t been “closed”, a term that irks Mulder because traditionally an X-File is not a done deal. This is how the Flukeman case lands on their laps again. A series of disappearances have taken place in Martha’s Vineyard, all showing the same characteristics of the previously documented attacks.
Scully examines the remains of the original Flukie in Quantico while Mulder visits the beach town and does some researching on his own. They discover more than a couple of alarming things: the amputated body of the parasite regenerates, springing the humanoid flatworm back to life on Scully’s end and Mulder finds multiple victims with exit wounds that point out to their bodies being used as hosts. They’ve been stashed away and bound, suggesting that someone with more fine skills than a mutant may be involved.
It all gets even more complicated when Scully suggests that if the genetically altered flatworms have exited so many hosts, and they have such powers of regeneration, it could mean that there could be a LOT of flukies out there, leaving us with a creppy cliffhanger for the next part.
The previous issues have been criticized because they’ve brought back formerly “dead” characters, though I have to say that just like Mulder suggests, no one really said that Flukeman was gone for good. The first look into this storyline is almost crammed with information that ironically enough leaves you wishing that you could live in this universe a bit longer; it is a complicated transition as they get their bearings and rejoin the FBI, which was another controversial point of the cliffhanger the previous five-parter.
Regardless of you agreeing or not that they should be reinstated, it makes me wonder if it would have been preferable to have a transitional issue where we have a longer look at their return to the FBI. I’m a sucker for that bureau dynamic and I’m sure that Harris would have enjoyed it as well, based on his work on Great Pacific.
I liked the banter in this one, you can recognize that sober sarcasm that was part of Scully’s sense of humor and much like the original episode, Mulder’s curiosity is portrayed very well. I enjoyed Casagrande’s work; definitely different from the previous issues and fitting with the change of mood, I particularly enjoyed the use of shadows on the sewer scenes. Valenzuela’s cover art is great as always and I’m looking forward to seeing how this “Monster-of-the-Month” will resolve in issue #7.
The X-Files: Season 10 - Issue #6 is out in stores now. Pick up a copy at your nearest comic book shop, or download via Comixology.