X-Files Case Files – Hoot Goes There #1 Review

IDW Publishing’s latest comic book on the 21st Century Fox franchise, The X-Files, has been rebooted and will see the release of numerous micro-series, featuring stories that explore X-Files of the past and present by top talent from comics and prose!

This second offering comes from legendary author Joe R. Lansdale, Keith Lansdale, and artist Menton3. In “Hoot Goes There?”, Scully and Mulder find themselves on the road again, this time to a small East Texas town to investigate the disappearance of a woman said to have been carried away by a creature fitting the description of a harpy from Greek myth. But things only get stranger from there…

I’ve was a fan of the X-Files since its first season in the 90’s, I even had the “The Truth Is Out There” poster on my wall and had a large collection of Manga X-File comics, so this book was a little jump back in time, since it’s been a while since I last entered the world of Mulder and Scully, as I gave up after the first movie was released.

The art style is pretty simple as it isn’t trying to recreate photograph realism, but it does have some nice background work, especially when Mulder is chasing around the forest.

One of the key aspects of the X-Files has always been the relationship between the two characters and I think they do a good job in keeping them realistic, Mulder believes instantly, where as Scully thinks its all rubbish.  I like this dynamic and its what I think made the show so interesting in the first place.

I really liked the cliffhanger, which will lead into the second half of the story, since it is completely bonkers and I can’t wait to see how they explain it.

X-Files: Case Files looks to be a interesting new series of mini stories, that will hopefully deliver that classic X-Files feel, this first issue was a fun read and maybe because I read so many different characters from Star Wars, Marvel and Disney, it was refreshing to have a completely different style of comic book.

OVERALL:  #1 has pulled me in and I certainly want to know what is going on in the second part.  The artwork isn’t perfect but the story delivered exactly what I wanted from the X-Files, no big story arcs or conspiracies, just a good “what’s going on here” investigation.

REVIEW SCORE:  8 out of 10

You can purchase this comic book now from Amazon

 

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