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The X-Files #0




If only comics came with sound chips, then "The X-Files" #0 could be the closest thing to a new episode of the seminal sci-fi series, because about all that's missing is that iconic Mark Snow theme song.

Show writer/producer Frank Spotnitz revisits the characters of FBI Agents Mulder and Scully, writing this tale of possession, starting with the discovering of a girl's dead body in a basement. Although missing for 17 years, she appears not to have aged a day. Something's afoot, and the bloody trail of serial killings and strangulations will lead our intrepid investigators right to it.

This isn't the first treatment of "The X-Files" in comic form, but it's the best, benefiting from Spotnitz's involvement. Art is by Brian Denham, and he accurately captures the low-lit mood of the series while effectively aping the looks of its stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

This issue was released in conjunction with this summer's big-screen sequel, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," and the last page hints at more to come on the printed page this fall. Given the film's flopping, however, one wonders if WildStorm will continue the effort. Spotnitz and company illustrate that there's still life left in these characters, when done right, as they do.

"?Rod Lott

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