Lately I've been feeling that the time is right to bring back The X-Files. The property missed its obvious moment of return - the 2012 apocalypse, which had been a plot point on the series for some time, and which would have made for a killer TV movie. Instead the series is coming back in a format familiar to fans of the Buffy and Angel comics of recent years: canonical comics.
The X-Files: Season 10 is coming this June from IDW, and X-Files creator Chris Carter has come onboard to 'executive produce' the comic. This means that, technically, everything that happens on the page will really happen in the X-Files universe, should a third movie or revival series come to be.
Says IDW's Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall: "What do THE X-FILES look like in this increasingly paranoid and untrusting post-Wikileaks era? Well, they look like canon to me… and come June, the rest of the world will be able to see it for themselves, too."
The new series is being written by Joe Harris (a comic writer with a spotty movie record - he wrote Darkness Falls, the Tooth Fairy movie, and The Tripper, a slasher film David Arquette directed) with art by Comeback artist Michael Walsh. The first storyline sounds a little... familiar:
In the opening story arc, “Believers,” readers will catch up with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, living normal lives together under secret identities. However, a visit from an old friend threatens to rip them from suburban anonymity, as they learn that someone is preying upon everyone involved in THE X-FILES. Prepare to revisit familiar faces—some very unexpected, threats old and new, and an intriguing mystery designed to return the beloved franchise to its former glory!
It's the 'someone's killing the old gang/the Watchmen!' bit all over again. Still, it could be good, and I'll be reading the book (in trade form, to be honest). I'm hoping that this begins the long, slow process of rehabilitating what was one of the most important shows in television history. I'm not even exagerrating here: without The X-Files many of the shows you love today, and that form the backbone of TV's new Golden Age, probably wouldn't exist. Not only did the show unleash a ton of talented TV writers into the world, it pushed the envelope in terms of what kind of serialized storytelling mainstream America could follow.