With issue #10 IDW’s new monthly comic series that picks up where the X-Files left off reprises yet another fan favorite: The Smoking Man. But does it offer anything new?
Here’s the official word from IDW:
“More Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man” The ubiquitous foe of Agents Mulder and Scully has returned from the dead, raising many questions and burying many answers. Find out more about his resurrection, along with his past, in this special stand-alone story, which sets the stage for the next big story arc!
From the beginning IDW claimed that X-Files: Season 10 would ostensibly be a continuation of the show that millions of geeks fell in love with back in the ‘90s. And while that’s certainly been true when considering this series’ starting point (Scully and Mulder started issue #1 living normal lives together under secret identities), the meta-arc to this particular season has often felt missing, or lacking at best. So, too, with issue #10, which reprises The Smoking Man just to fill in backstory and add heavy doses “prequel” flavor. In short, it doesn’t add much to what we’ve already seen in previous issues. As a stand-alone, it’s fine, but rushed. Writer Joe Harris is trying to squeeze so much in that it reads more like a preview for a movie that we’ll probably never see.
The art, by Menton3, is probably the best part of this issue, especially considering that most of issue #10 is told in flashback — Menton3’s knack for rendering sketchy images add great throw-back feel.
Although IDW had originally promised a real Season 10 with the launch of this new series, X-Files: Season 10 feels like a meme at best.
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