Overall, X-Files Season 10 continues to be a delightfully nostalgic voyage through the X-Files universe, but I'm not sure how much longer it will last. Issue #8 marks the beginning of a new, mythology linked story arc, which picks up without direct reference to the previous stories from this season. This would be a good starting place for a casual to serious fan of the old television series, but a difficult and disappointing introduction for someone who has been living in a cave and lacks familiarity with the franchise. For newer fans, I would recommend the two issue Flukemen arc from this fall as a lower risk alternative.
Issue 8 marks the return of the main artistic team of Michael Walsh with Jordie Bellaire on colors. My comments from my first review are still true; Walsh’s art gets out of the way, letting the story be told. The tone of the original television series has been so well preserved, it would be best to describe the art in this series as the storyboards from missing episodes. Personally, I preferred Elena Casagrande’s work in the previous arc, but honestly no one is going to start reading an X-Files comic book for the art.
So, if not for the art, then why does someone read an X-Files comic book? See, I used to surreptitiously put a masking tape x over my window as a Friday evening symbol of solidarity; I'm probably the target audience of these books, and I'm reading these comics for the moment where I completely freak out because Mr. X and the Cigarette Smoking Man are having an argument. In fact, it's truly difficult for me to objectively assess the quality of the plot given that I'm too busy being excited about the idea of the story.
I may be dazzled by the fanservice, but I can still recall that the mythology building episodes with heavy hitters like Mr. X and CSM were special events. Both of those characters worked best because of how mysterious they were, with details disclosed in carefully measured doses. In such an episode, I would expect Mulder and Scully to be doing more than playing phone tag and checking a vial in the laboratory. I don't mean this to sound like a threat, but author Joe Harris can't continue to pander by dangling the CSM in front of us while forgetting about the remainder of the story.
My blind enthusiam over the return of the X-Files won't linger much longer. I suspect that Harris has the skill to deliver, and despite my negativity, I'm excited to see how he ties up this story line.