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A truly tremendous, epic effort, X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT (DC
Comics/IDW Publishing) is highly recommended to readers. This is a well-matched
combination of two iconic horror franchises that are perfectly suited for each
other. The government’s best supernatural investigators from the hit TV series
THE X-FILES are pitted against a horde of parasitic vampires from 30 DAYS OF
NIGHT. Immensely entertaining for fans of either franchise, this trade paperback
collects the harrowing and action-packed six-issue miniseries.
In Wainwright, Alaska, FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and
Dana Scully arrive to investigate a gruesome crime scene. In a graveyard of
abandoned trucks, the frozen remains of decapitated truckers were strung up on
a 40-foot pole. In the cold winter, the sun is about to disappear and wrap the
town in endless darkness. With less sunlight, Mulder and Scully have very
little time to follow the trail of their vicious killer.
Obstacles lie ahead for the two investigators as fellow FBI
Agent Robert French intends to demonstrate how Mulder is a walking
embarrassment. By capturing the serial killer first, Agent French will finally
prove Spooky Mulder and his teenage witch are undeserving of their badge and
gun. The locals, the Inuits, are far worse and hostile to the paranormal
investigators; even the children are packing guns. Heavily armed, the natives
are waiting for an abandoned and drifting ship, full of bloodthirsty vampires,
Fan fiction at its best, authors Steve Niles and Adam Jones
(guitarist for the metal band Tool) flawlessly achieve the distinct
characterization of each special agent. Scully, the scientific skeptic, has a
difficult time explaining to herself what she is seeing. While attempting to do
an autopsy on a dead vampire, Scully thoroughly analyzes how the vamp digests
blood. A laughing stock to his peers, Mulder follows through on his unbreakable
faith to finding the truth. The quirky banter between Mulder and Scully is a
spot-on recreation of creator Chris Carter’s pulpy dialogue.
Artist Tom Mandrake (BATMAN, THE SPECTRE) successfully keeps
the spirit of the TV show in the character designs of the protagonists while
staying true to his own visual style. In each panel, Mandrake delivers on the
gore and haunting imagery. To feed one of their fallen, a group of vampires
bite themselves, slitting their wrists, to provide blood. In a wonderfully
imagined splash page, Scully is unaware of the bloodsucker with the big hole in
his face, standing right behind her. In a suspenseful sequence, Mulder and
Scully fight off an intruder, while their helicopter is wildly spinning around,
heading towards it inevitable crash.
Absolutely entertaining from start to finish, fans of both franchises
have nothing to complain about with X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT. In a perfect
team-up of story and art, Mandrake, Jones and Niles manage to blend both worlds
without any problems. The only thing missing here is the opening theme music by
Mark Snow! This one ranks right up there with BATMAN VERSUS PREDATOR. Don’t
miss out on one of the best crossovers going.
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