The X-Files: Origins #1

The X-Files: Origins #1

Writer: Jody Houser, Matthew Smith Artist: Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: August 31, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
8.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Before the FBI, before the X-Files, they were just two teenagers in search of the truth. On Martha's Vineyard, a young Fox Mulder investigates something strange happening on the island, while in San Diego, 13-year-old Dana Scully looks into the shocking murder of her teacher. Two kids, two mysteries, one conspiracy that threatens the future of humanity.
•   Mulder and Scully star in separate tales depicting their teen years!
•   See what made them into the characters we've come to love!
•   Especially crafted for young adult readers!
•   Mystery novel variant covers by Cat Staggs (Orphan Black)!

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Tom Guilfoyle Aug 30, 2016

    In conclusion the X-files origins has the DNA of the X-Files running through it while also staying original. You don't need to know the characters to love this issue and series. The writing is great and the artwork is fantastic. I look forward to see where they go and you should too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Aug 30, 2016

    This issue is a great read for any The X-Files fan. Serving as a prequel to the series, this series doesn't require much prior knowledge of the concept to understand it. This series should be really fun to keep up with. Let's find out just how Mulder and Scully became the unbeatable duo they are! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - SHAY REVOLVER Sep 17, 2016

    Overall I found the beginnings of their origin stories a nice read. And, I can't for issue #2 so I can find out what happened to Mulder and his friends on the beach with the men in black and how things turned out with Scully and the car headlights that either have something to do with her dad or something to do with the recently deceased Sunday school teacher. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Sep 1, 2016

    Though the wildly different art styles takes a bit to adjust to, The X-Files: Origins #1 is a solid start for the new youth-centered series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Aug 31, 2016

    I'm excited about this book, as a casual fan of the television series and as a reader of speculative fiction. The pacing of each half is very efficient, packing a not insignificant amount of backstory into the framing narration. There're fun and suspense in decent amounts. And I can imagine the twist and turns of the plot being very engaging. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Aug 31, 2016

    Even though it's arguably targeted at a young adult comic book audience, X-Files: Origins can be enjoyed by an age of X-Files fan, and it's just fantastic to see a project like this, which further mythologises Mulder & Scully as pop culture legends, come to fruition. The artwork is relatively basic from Chris Fenoglio but it doesn't need to be showy, and is always well drawn; it fits the low-fi grunge co-writer Dow Smith has brought to the adult comics run while still retaining that sense of youthful verge, playfulness and retro-70's aesthetic. While it will have to be careful not to contradict canon or chew on the show's internal mythology too heavily, Origins deserves faith already in that it'll be a fun, engaging, and well characterised mini-series exploring a whole new angle to the show. A fine start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Sep 5, 2016

    A pretty good start to a more light-hearted mini-series Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Aug 31, 2016

    There's nothing earth shattering or even that exciting here, but The X-Files: Origins #1 does make for a pretty good exploration into Mulder and Scully's young minds/motivations. It's also good enough to keep the title on your pull list for at least one more issue. Read Full Review

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