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X Files/30 Days of Night #1 Review

Written by Christian on Monday, July 19 2010 and posted in Reviews

Will the crossover of the popular X Files and 30 Days of Night franchises work well together?  Click to find out!

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Credits & Solicit Info:

From WildStorm: Two of the most popular horror properties of the last two decades collide in this harrowing 6-issue adventure of epic proportions! Co-writers Steve Niles (writer and co-creator of 30 Days of Night) and rockstar-turned-writer Adam Jones (the band Tool) team with the amazing, moody artistry of industry legend Tom Mandrake (THE SPECTRE, BATMAN) to unleash the ultimate comic culture crossover!

When evidence of a possible cannibal killer in Wainright, Alaska, draws the attention of the FBI, Agents Mulder and Scully draw the less-than-glamorous assignment. But all is not as it seems once the agents are on the ground. Not only has the long seasonal darkness begun to fall, but there's something unnatural about a few of the locals. And what does a chilling, mysterious black ship have to do with the murders? Find out here! Co-published with IDW.


Do you like vampires?  Do you like paranormal investigators?  How about if I told you that the vampires were from the popular 30 Days of Night franchise and the paranormal investigators were none other than Mulder and Scully?  If you like either X Files or 30 Days of Night, then X Files/30 Days of Night #1 is for you.

Written by Steve Niles and Adam Jones (of the band Tool), X Files/30 Days of Night #1 reads like an episode of the popular television show.  After an ice plow driver discovers a particularly gruesome murder scene, Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate.  Mulder, of course, suspects that paranormal elements in play, but a rival FBI agent believes it to be the work of a serial killer slowly making his way up the West coast.  Finally, the ice plow driver discovers the true killers when he walks in on them feasting on his family.

Niles and Jones do a wonderful job of accurately portraying Mulder and Scully.  This truly reads like a classic episode of X Files.  Mulder acts like Mulder and Scully acts like Scully. From Mulder's poor foresight into the weather of Alaska to Scully's gentle skepticism, Niles and Jones capture the feel and tone of the popular television characters.  The only flaw to this issue is the quick pace.  There are multiple full page spreads and pages without a line of dialogue or caption.  While this showcases the creepiness of Tom Mandrake's art, it causes the comic to move too fast.  While I'm sure that the comic is being geared more towards the trade, it certainly takes away from enjoying the book fully.  Also, fans of the 30 Days of Night franchise will feel jilted as the popular vampires don't show up until the last page.

Tom Mandrake's art manages to be both graphic and accurate.  While his art is a change of pace from earlier 30 Days of Night stories, he captures the likenesses of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny perfectly.  There are some minor flaws in the layout of some pages.  Overlaying panels are poorly arranged, causing some pages to need rereads to understand what's going on.  Otherwise, the art is strong and fits the writing perfectly.

Overall, this is a good first issue for fans of the 30 Days of Night and X Files franchises.  While the comic itself is decompressed, X Files and 30 Days of Night go together like chocolate and peanut butter.  Fans of the series will not be disappointed in this issue.


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