Review: The X-Files Year Zero #1


Publisher: IDW
Written by: Karl Kesel
Artwork by: Greg Scott and Vic Malhotra
Review: Kate @ All That Geek.

When I first heard about The X Files Year Zero, a new five-part series delving into the beginning of the X-files, I was sceptical. As a long time fan, I remember the less than popular episode from season five “Travelers” and feared this comic may venture into the same tedious territory. However, I was happy to be proven wrong and found on the pages of issue #1 an interesting story that had me anticipating issue #2.

In “The X-Files: Year Zero” a blue-collar worker from New Jersey passes prophetic messages to the FBI from a mysterious “Mr. Zero.” Mulder is convinced it is the same otherworldly entity that contacted the FBI through a suburban housewife in the 1940s. This similarly named “Mr. Xero” pointed the FBI toward many unusual cases, leading to the establishment of the X-Files! 

The story opens with Mulder and Scully hunting down a panther in a warehouse. This isn’t just any old big-cat of course, they’re investigating people who turn into cats – or cats who turn into people as Mulder points out. Its just another day on the job again for our favourite agents. That is until mysterious text message that aids the duo in capturing their possible shape-shifting cat sets them on the hunt for “Mr. Zero” who is connected to case from the 1940s.

When we flashback to 1946, we meet Bing Ellison, a disgraced FBI agent and Millie Ohio who is given a temporary position at the FBI (as women arent allowed to work there yet) to solve a string of murders. They are very similar to Mulder and Scully but dont feel like 1940s carbon-copies. I enjoyed them, especially Millie who is feisty like Scully.

The artwork for the past and present is wonderful but there is no real distinction between the two eras. I thought there could have been some different design choices to set them apart.

Overall the comic is X-Files at its best. It feels like the show on the pages, with writer Karl Kesel capturing perfectly the banter that Mulder and Scully are so famous for – something that I have found lacking from the main X-Files Season 10 series. The case is
something straight from the show and the mysterious “Mr. Zero” could easily be too, as shadowy figures have always influenced The X Files and FBI. There are also some great references for fans and some great laugh-out-loud moments. Mulder and his X-Files app really amused me.

This addition to The X Files world is a great one for fans, so be sure to add it to your collection.

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