The X-Files: Season 10 #1

The X-Files: Season 10 #1

Writer: Joe Harris Artist: Michael Walsh Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: June 19, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 2
7.5Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

For years they investigated the paranormal, pursued the "monsters of the week," and sought the truth behind extraterrestrial activity, along with the grand conspiracy surrounding it rooted deep within their own government. But when AGENTS MULDER and SCULLY reunite for a new, ongoing series that ushers THE X-FILES into a new era of technological paranoia, multinational concerns and otherworldly threats, it'll take more than a desire "to believe" to make it out alive. The X-Files: Season 10 also sees creator Chris Carter return to the fold as Executive Producer!

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado Jun 18, 2013

    X-Files Season 10 #1 offers a strong start. Will it continue doing so? Well, I want to believe. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 19, 2013

    I've struggled through X-Files comics in the past and if this first issue is an indication of what we can expect, I couldn't be happier. Joe Harris has the task of taking these characters beyond where the television series left off. With Chris Carter on board, you know the characters and stories will go in the direction they are supposed to go. Michael Walsh's art is great and establishes the perfect mood for the series. As a long time X-Files fan, I am ecstatic for this series and cannot wait to see what's next. You will believe an X-Files comic can be a great read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Jun 19, 2013

    For old fans looking to get their X-Files fix, or comic fans who never delved into the series, The X-Files: Season 10 #1 is an accessible read that manages to rekindle charm and curiosity of the show. Dare I say it, The X-Files: Season 10 is the best licensed book IDW has on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Sean M. Thompson Jun 19, 2013

    The art is acceptable. I wasn't blown away by it, but it's far from bad. It accomplishes what it needs to. That said, it would have been nice to get an artist who was a bit more impressive. 8.0 The writing is a seamless adaptation from the show.Has some creepy moments.Art is very so-so. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Jun 19, 2013

    I'm not entirely sure yet whether Season 10 of the X-Files will be as good, and as rewarding to longtime fans as, say, the extended comic seasons of Buffy the the Vampire Slayer. I can tell you that Mulder's deadpan still works, Scully is still the earnest, straightforward center of the goings-on, and it's still good to see Skinner's particular embodiment of a cross between Charlie Brown and a bulldog. Everyone (except the creators) is clearly in over their heads. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 20, 2013

    Unlike the monster of the week episodes, we are left on a cliffhanger, but we are also left with any number of questions ready to draw us back in next month. One question that might spring to mind is whether this series is needed at all? Probably not, but it is a nevertheless faithful and enjoyable return to a world we once loved, and there is something exciting about delving back into it. We want to believe, and so far we have every reason to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jun 20, 2013

    There's definitely room for improvement, but it's also much better than you'd expect based on the results of similar projects. Harris can particularly be praised for getting straight into a story, rather than spending an entire issue on introduction and scene-setting. As long as he manages to avoid getting dragged too quickly into the convoluted series mythology, this series might just be a winner. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Jun 20, 2013

    In any event “The X-Files” has returned, and its fantastic. With Season 10 we can finally forget the horrors of season 8 and 9, and the last film I Want to Believe. More Season 10 cant arrive soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jun 23, 2013

    X-Files Season 10 #1 is a solid opener for Joe Harris and Michael Walsh's run on the book. They throw the reader right into the deep end, with things look grim from page 1. However, they soon offer a life-preserver, pulling back for some background information to help provide some context to the harrowing experience that is the book's first few pages. So by issue's end, all the craziness feels like it makes a bit more sense, but the reader is still surrounded by questions and mystery that will have to be answered in following issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - bash Jun 19, 2013

    However, I tried not to let that detract from the overall story " one which is mysterious and supernatural and feels suitably at home in the X-Files world. I'm truelyintrigued at how the season will unfold. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Jesse Scheckner Jan 22, 2014

    Despite having never been swept up in the fervor that surrounded The X-Files, I am a child of my era and therefore felt its current regardless of my own personal interests. From what I can tell, this is a just continuation of the show, and I want to believe itll keep us interested on through to its conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 21, 2013

    I've been dying for new X-Files stories. This issue has a great series of covers and a solid story, but the art undermines this. I'm onboard for this series all the way, but I want better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 2, 2015

    The start of the tenth season of X-Files in comic book form gets off to a decent start here, with a couple of minor quibbles. Part of it is just getting back into this particular tone and mindset with minor adjustments to bring it up to date a bit. Scully comes across well and Skinner is Skinner, but Mulder just feels off as I try to process the dialogue through David Duchovny's voice and intonation and I'm just not hearing it. The artwork is spot on and completely appropriate to this kind of title in that it adds to the overall atmosphere well, especially the creepy factor of those that are lurking in the shadows and chasing after Scully within the bookend sections of the opening issue. Part of the book is just trying to remember where things left off as there's no real "Since we last saw them"" kind of moment. But beyond there, it's definitely interesting to step back into this world and see if the unexplainable can be more intriguing than the old TV budgets could produce. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 19, 2013

    Visually, this issue does a serviceable job of capturing the look and feel of the series. But as so much of the X-Files' look revolved around bathing sets in heavy shadows so as to mask the low-budget elements, there's no point in adhering too closely to the formula. Michael Walsh is able to provide character designs that consistently resemble the actors without his work suffering from the stiff, unnatural quality that comes from direct photo-referencing. But some pages suffer from an overall lack of detail, particularly in terms of backgrounds. Even colorist extraordinaire Jordie Bellaire is only able to do so much as far as lending richness and depth to the pages because she only has so much to work with. The end result is a fairly plain-looking book, but one that still maintains an X-Files feel and generally exhibits a strong sense of storytelling. The sequence where Mulder confronts Skinner at his home stands out as especially striking. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jun 18, 2013

    This first issue didn't blow me away, but there's enough here to keep me in suspense and to check future issues or at least until the first story arc wraps up. I admit it was fun to revisit this world and I have a lot of affection for these characters, but with other popular titles who dominate the market with themes of the supernatural, the occult & aliens, are the X-Files here to stay? We'll see if the truth is out there. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Jun 20, 2013

    I like the way Harris paces out this issue, creating drama and tension from page one. Michael Walsh does a good job with likenesses, but the action is stilted, which hurts the overall feel of the comic. He has a very Sean Phillips-like style, which works for this series but the characters mugging to the reader gets annoying. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jun 22, 2013

    With our modern era and all the things going on, there's no better time for the X-Files to return. With so much real world conspiracy going on every day, it's only fitting that two of the best investigators of it are back in action. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Alison "Boom" Baumgartner Jun 22, 2013

    For the most part, I was pleasantly surprised by the first issue of The X-Files. All it needed to be was set-up, and it delivered that with a nice little cliffhanger nicely. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Not the Droid You're Looking For Jun 26, 2013

    Still, in light of the current NSA intelligence leaks courtesy of Edward Stowden, the fear of government conspiracies is at a fever pitch, and the time is ripe for out entertainment media to cater to all of our inner conspiracy theorists. Overall, this comic seems to be kicking off with the introduction of an interesting new order of antagonists that will entice fans of the franchise. On the flip side, people new to the series will likely find this comic to be a bit inaccessible. My advice is to either go back and watch the series from the start (which may take a while), or just watch Californication, which doesnt have any extraterrestrials or supernatural creatures, but has plenty of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Jul 21, 2013

    The plot of "Believers" was put together by series creator Chris Carter and Joe Harris, with the latter actually writing the script. With Carter's involvement, I'm hoping this comes together in a bit more coherent manner than the series finale did. The artwork could be better, but this comic could skate by on nostalgia alone. I'm ready to believe again. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Read Comic Books - Joey Caswell Jun 19, 2013

    Overall, the story for X-Files Season 10 is off to a good start. It is definitely interesting and most fans will probably be looking forward to finding out just what is going on. Those who werent already long-time fans of the franchise may not be as willing to wait out the plot given the relatively lackluster dialogue and artwork. Hopefully the mysterious conspiracies the main characters become involved in are enough to maintain an enjoyable book. The truth is out there at least in small snapshots once a month. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jun 19, 2013

    Not helping matters is the atrocious art from Michael Walsh. Once again, IDW saves a few pennies by giving us sloppy, rushed and badly put together art. Scully looks like somebody smashed her face with a pan, and Mulder looks about as much like Mulder as I do. Lazy shadowing is used to give the art a bit of noir heaviness, but to no avail. I don’t know why IDW refuses to invest in solid artists but, that being their game, pretty much everything they put out looks awful. X-Files Season 10 #1 is no exception. Read Full Review

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