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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