Original creator joins new X-Files comics team

Posted by CB Droege

IDW revealed some new info about the ongoing sci-fi tie-in comic at this weekend’s Emerald City Comicon.

Calling it X-Files: Season 10, though the covers only say ‘X-Files’, IDW representatives confirmed the full scope of the new ongoing comics line which they announced earlier this year. The big news was that the creative team has been put in place: the new series will be written by Joe Harris (Great Pacific), with art by Michael Walsh (Comeback) and colors by Jordie Bellaire (Mara).  In addition to the typical three-person team, the comic will be advised by Chris Carter, the original creator of X-files. Carter’s role will be similar to the role he played for the television show, which was exec. producer. He’ll be in charge of the creative direction of the series, and the overall plot arc.

Adding Carter to the team greatly increases the legitimacy of the work. No longer is it a new writer just coming in and deciding where X-Files should go next.  The original creator, the guy with all the ideas in his head about where the show was going from the very start, will be shaping the direction of the plot, making it a true sequel to the events of the series, thus the sub-title.

IDW also released this synopsis for the first arc of the new serial:

In the opening story arc, Believers, readers will catch up with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, living normal lives together under secret identities. However, a visit from an old friend threatens to rip them from suburban anonymity, as they learn that someone is preying upon everyone involved in the X-Files. Prepare to revisit familiar faces-some very unexpected, threats old and new, and an intriguing mystery designed to return the beloved franchise to its former glory!

The story will pick up sometime after the second film, X-Files: I want to Believe, from 2008.

We’ve also got a couple of alternate covers for the first issue:

X-Files was the story of Fox Mulder, an FBI agent assigned to the paranormal division - the titular X-Files - to get him out of the hair of the other divisions, and Dana Scully, the scientifically minded agent sent to the department to keep tabs on Mulder. Over the show’s 200 episodes and two feature films, however, the primary mystery of The X-Files is never quite solved. Fans have been waiting a long time for answers to some of the show’s more persistent questions. Perhaps this new comic will finally give fans of the series the closure they desire.

Of course, not everyone will be happy to find a resolution in the pages of these comics, when it hits physical and virtual stands. Complaining about the lack of resolution, and especially about the second film’s failure to address the mysteries revealed in the first film, have become an important part of the X-Files fandom, and many won’t want to give that up, even with the original creator on board.

The X-Files: Season 10 #1 will be available in June 2013 wherever you get your comics, monthly issues will follow indefinitely, if all goes well.