Graphic Novel Review: X-Files: Season 11 Volume 1

X-Files: Season 11 Volume 1 by Joe Harris (Author), Matthew Dow Smith (Artist)

For years, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully toiled in the X-Files Unit, a one-office division of the Bureau dealing with cases deemed unsolvable and related to unexplained phenomena. Eventually, both agents left the FBI and began a new life together in peaceful anonymity. However, recent events prompted them to return to the Bureau and the X-Files.

Since then, Mulder has seen his work with the FBI discredited and has found himself a fugitive from the U.S. government―all thanks to the mechanizations of a former ally, Gibson Praise, who now wields powers far beyond even what Mulder can imagine. Meanwhile, Scully remains at the FBI under the watchful eye of Gibson, as she works to prevent the government from falling further into his clutches and to clear her partner’s name.

The artwork was an immediate disappointment when starting this graphic novel. It’s unfortunately really rough, and hard to pick out characters. There is very little contrast and just looks sloppy. It detracted from the story to the point that it was hard to tell what was even going on at times.

The story was okay, very suspenseful as we follow Mulder, now a fugitive. Not enough is explained though. It all felt disjointed and confusing. I’ve seen some of the artist’s other work, but I just didn’t care for this at all. If the drawing doesn’t get tighter and clearer (as well as the pacing and plot), I probably won’t continue with the series.

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