Review: The X-Files Year Zero #2 (IDW Publishing)

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

While I continue to struggle with the main X-Files releases, The X-Files Year Zero remians the shining point in the X-Files comic universe.

In issue #2 Mulder and Scully are still on the hunt for the mysterious Mr. Zero and the connection it has to the very first X-File while in 1946 Bing Ellington and Millie Ohio continue to do the same.

The story opens with Mrs. Sears recounting her visit from the mysterious Mr. Xero. Its a strange confrontation that turns into a conversation about PB&J. It is potentially disturbing as we learned from the last issue that she is apparently killed by Mr. Xero. Bing and Millie conclude from their conversation with Mrs. Sears and the message from ‘her friend’ that they need to go to Montana to further investigate their case. Once there, they come face to face with something more terrifying than they were expecting.

In the present, Scully shoots down Mulder’s theories about the cases being connected in typical sceptical-Scully fashion. That is until they start to close in on their Mr. Zero and she starts to see some connections for herself.

I enjoyed both sides of the story, and felt that once again, Mulder and Scully were captured true to character by Karl Kesel. Their rational/single-minded dynamic is perfectly in tact and dotted with their usual humour. However, for me, I felt their story slowed down a little in this issue. It wasn’t until their encounter with Mr. Zero that I felt that it really started to move forward again.

It was Bing and Millie who stole the show in this issue. Their story moved along at a much more steady pace and I enjoyed them encountering more action than they bargained for. I like that their dynamic is very similar to Mulder and Scully – both females being strong and perfect counterparts to their male partners – but Bing and Millie feel distinctly different and I am just as invested in them as my two favourite modern day agents.

I like that Bing and Millie’s case has connections to the season 1 episode “Shapes” (a highly underrated episode in my opinion) rather than the mythology that the season 10 comics are tackling.

The artwork once again is great, but there isn’t a lot of difference in design or colouring between the two eras which doesnt really set them apart. The standard cover for this issue is probably my favourite out of all the new comics. Carlos Valenzuela continues to amaze me with his beautiful artwork for this series. And Robert Hack has created another wonderful pulp novel cover for the subscription variant.

The series is a definite for fans, but also those who were casual viewers of the show and just want a good X-Files story.

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Review: The X-Files by Frank Spotnitz, Marv Wolfman and Doug Moench (WildStorm Comics)

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Publisher: WildStorm (2009)
Written by: Frank Spotnitz, Marv Wolfman and Doug Moench
Artwork by: Brian Denham
Review: Kate @ All That Geek.

THE X-FILES lives on in this new collection that serves as a lost season of the smash-hit TV series. Mulder and Scully are sent to San Francisco to solve a string of murders, then become targets of the Tong underworld and travel to the mysterious Badlands to investigate a series of disappearances in this title collecting THE X-FILES #0-6.

In 2008/09 following the second X-Files movie, WildStorm released seven comics based on The X-Files television show which were set to further expand on the series. The first three issues are penned by X-Files executive producer and writer Frank Spotnitz which is where this collection shines. Telling two different stories of possession, Spotnitz talent as a writer on the show easily translates to the pages of a comic. They felt like they could have been two missing episodes from the series.

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Review: The Rule Of Knowledge by Scott Baker

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Author: Scott Baker
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Length: 422 pages
Genre: Thriller / Adventure
Review: Kate @ All That Geek

At Sydney Supanova in June, I attended a writers panel where Scott Baker spoke about his debut novel The Rule of Knowledge. The promise of it being a cross between Indiana Jones and Back To The Future was instantly appealing to me and it wasn’t until I opened the pages that I was delighted to discover there were also elements of Spartacus/Gladiator and The Da Vinci Code. I was also fortunate enough to get the very last copy available that weekend and have it personally signed.

The Rule Of Knowledge is an epic adventure of Shaun Strickland, an every day guy turned hero by necessity.

Shaun is a happily married high school teacher who receives a last-minute invitation from Cambridge University to present a paper on the relationship between time and space, something he has been studying his whole life. As he and his wife are travelling through the night to make their flight, their car slams into something that appears suddenly from the bushes.

From that moment on, Shaun’s life is changed forever. On the run and being hunted by killers, a strange book holds the key to the mystery slowly unraveling before him.

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Review: Good Dog, Whiskey by K. Kobi

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Written by: K. Kobi
Artwork by: K. Kobi
Review: Kate @ All That Geek.

Good Dog, Whiskey is a heart wrenching story created by Kent Kobi about a dog who has been loyally sitting by his owners grave for some time, mourning the loss of his friend. When Whiskey finally curls up and closes his eyes, he opens them to find the grave now a mysterious opening with stairs leading down into darkness. Whiskey is confused but he knows his friend is down there. Now he has a chance to search for him and be reunited.

Kobi says the story came to him in a dream which he awoke from feeling unsettled, like the sole survivor of an event that he had to retell. I personally, am very glad he did. The story is a must for any dog lover, or for anyone who has known the loyal companionship of a pet. Its touching, sad and will most likely have you reaching for your tissues, but the journey is worth it.

The beautiful high contrast artwork adds a wonderful layer to the story, capturing the emotions of the dog perfectly.

You can buy Good Dog, Whiskey from Kings Comics (Sydney), Amazon, or The Book Depository.

You can find Kent Kobi on Twitter: @kentkobi and Good Dog, Whiskey on Facebook

90s Nostalgia: Was 1998 the greatest year in music?

Was 1998 the greatest year in music?

Well… probably not, but when I take a look at the ARIA end of year charts, listing the highest selling songs for 1998, it reads like a who’s who of my CD collection. At 13 I was the target age for up-beat pop tunes that lacked any real substance. So yes, deep in my CD collection, you will find an album by Aqua.

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