Review – X-Files: Conspiracy #1 (of 2) (IDW Publishing)

XFiless_Conspiracy_cvrAPublisher: IDW Publishing
Writers: Paul Crilley
Artist: John Stanisci
Release Date: 15th January 2014

Mulder’s friends and fellow conspiracy theorists The Lone Gunmen are hard at work trying to get the truth out there when they receive a mysterious email from CERN. Apparently some type of Chelsea Manning/Wikileaks style infodump, the email contains newspaper articles about urban myths. Tall tales like the ones about the scientists in New York who bust ghosts for a living, or the mutated amphibians that live in the sewers, or the possibility that aliens live among us as robots in disguise. What makes things stranger is that each of the articles is dated in the future, suggesting that this infodump has been emailed across time.

An intriguing concept for a crossover between several of IDW’s licensed properties X Files Conspiracy takes fan favourite conspiracy loons The Lone Gunmen and sets them on a quest to hunt down characters which are perhaps a little too outlandish for even Mulder to buy into. This first issue is essentially set up for the rest of the series, so apart from a couple of teases we don’t get to see the Turtles, the ‘Busters or the Transformers. However, with some of the headlines suggesting that there will be an outbreak of a bizarre but deadly virus in the near future, the stakes are suitably high.

Equally at home depicting action as it is with secretive conversations in darkened offices, the artwork by John Stanisci is versatile, although at times Scully looks a little strange and mannequinesque. Still, characters from the TV show are never unrecognisable and scenes of mutilated or infected corpses are suitably grotesque and harrowing. As central ideas go, this miniseries has a doozy; as a primer for upcoming events this issue is a winner.

Rating: 7/10.

The writer of this piece was: Joe Morrison
Joe is Freelance film journalist based in Glasgow.
You can also find Joe on Twitter.

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