I’m a HUGE X-Files fan. When I was younger I had every piece of merchandise available…watches, hats, action figures, books, posters… you name it, I had it. Including some comics from the earlier days of the show in the early nineties.They were strangely lack luster, Mulder lost his dry humor and Scully was drawn like a man. Okay, they both looked like stunt doubles that look like them but only from VERY FAR away…
Luckily, by issue twenty they started looking more like Duchovny and Anderson.
Anyway I was looking up 30 Days of Night and found out there was an X-Files crossover. Dude, really?! I’m psyched. Especially since I can only think of two vampire themed episodes one I hated and the other I loved. Apparently this crossover came out last year. Where was I? The series was co-written by 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles and Tool guitarist Adam Jones.
So basically the first couple of pages are like the opening teaser of an X-Files episode. “Patches” Brown a native of Alaska snowplows to escape his nagging wife and runs across a mass of semi-trucks and other vehicles mangled…what’s worse is a bunch of disembodied corpses up on a huge pole. *cue theme music*
Enter Mulder on the stupidest line ever…lol
Of course there seems to be other law enforcement there that have beef with Mulder from way back. They seem to think that it’s a serial killer who has a thing for ritualistic posing and trophies…Of course Mulder has other ideas asking about high pitched wailing and howls and Scully is giving her “don’t start” look…although he does have a point cause how did this one killer get sixteen bodies up a forty-foot pole in subzero weather….
Of course he has to get this in to be fair:
“Actually, it isn’t unprecedented, in 1868 Captain Henry Stern killed, mutilated and devoured his entire crew of 27 before he froze to death just off the Coast of Greenland.”
In which Mulder is met with these looks…no wonder they call him Spooky.
The rest of issue one is narrated and we find out that “Patches” Brown did not quite avoid the deathtrap he thought he escaped. End of issue. So although this first part felt fairly short it actually had that X-Files feel to it more so then the comics from the early nineties. Heavy mystery and danger is conveyed by the art of Tom Mandrake. It feels very horror like, in fact, Mandrake’s art style sort of reminded me of Bernie Wrightson’s illustrations from the Stephen King novella, Cycle of the Werewolf.
Anyway, I’m happy to see that Mulder was funny and Scully was caught between her common sense and agreeing with Mulder. So basically they stayed in character and the writers had their banter down pretty well. Being honest though there is not much of 30 Days of Night in this issue…except you know it’s in Alaska and the possibility that vampires are responsible (which we know they are.) So I guess you’ll have to turn to the next five issues to find out when the crossover is in full swing. Perhaps your local comic book store will have the back issues. If not, I can recap…if anyone wants me to.
Anyone out there like The X-Files or 30 Days of Night?