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X-files/30 Days of Night #6

(No Spoilers)

Writer: Steve Niles & Adam Jones
Pencils: Tom Mandrake
Colors: Darlene Royer & Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Andrea Sorrentino

Well, as much as I’ve been enjoying this series, I have to say the ending left me wanting a little bit. Niles and Jones did an incredible job of building up the story to this issue but I felt like we fell into a sprint to resolve everything in this issue when I wish we would’ve had at least two more issues to wrap it all up.

I think what happened is there were a lot of good ideas but not enough time to flesh them all out. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just say there’s a storyline involving a prophecy that I thought was introduced at the perfect time. It was a great set-up and was the best twist in this story. However, there was a sub-plot with the character of French that I felt distracted from the prophecy plot. French’s story really came into play last issue and I was afraid that they’d wrap it up too quickly and that’s exactly what happened. This short-changed the prophecy story in my opinion which was the better of the two.

Now overall, it’s still a great series. There were still a couple of moments in this issue where I wondered how Mulder and Scully were going to survive against such a dangerous opponent and they had some close calls. But towards the end of the issue it seems that it was all set-up for a sequel. Now, I don’t mind the last page or two setting up a sequel but again, all this set-up really took away from time that could’ve been used on the story. And I really liked this story so I didn’t want to feel short-changed here in the final issue.

Despite its shortcomings here at the end, I still think this is a great read for both X-files and 30 Days of Night fans. I plan to pass these on to a friend who’s an X-files fan and I know he’ll love them! I know the series sold really well and I’m glad it did. Niles and Jones ended up being a great collaborative team and since they made it obvious we can expect a sequel, I anticipate it will be equally as good.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

X-files/30 Days of Night #4

(No Spoilers)

Writer: Steve Niles & Adam Jones
Pencils: Tom Mandrake
Colors: Darlene Royer & Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Andrea Sorrentino

If there’s one things Steve Niles knows how to do, it’s to creep you the #@!$ out! Oh my God are there some eerie scenes in this issue!

One thing that I thought was a nice change of pace from the beginning of this issue is that we focus on the vampires for a little bit. It’s an interesting format that Niles has used in the others stories I’ve read of his because he’s taken time for us to get to know the human characters so now we get to focus on the vampires for a bit. Usually I find it more interesting when villains are shown to have more to them that just simply being evil. But in this case, Niles and Jones show that these creatures do nothing to warrant sympathy.

I’ve also talked about in the past how I had no idea how Mulder and Scully were going to survive against such a dangerous opponent. I can say that so far, it’s been blind luck. Add to that fact that Niles and Jones have come up with some great situations where I’ve actually feared for Mulder and Scully’s well-being. This is a great feat for a writer who is writing about two characters who we already know will survive at the end of the story.

I also feel that Tom Mandrake’s art has improved greatly with each issue. With each new issue he’s seems more comfortable with the layouts and characters than he did at the beginning. Plus he gets to draw those creepy scenes I was referring to earlier.

This is what the fourth issue of a six-issue mini-series is supposed to be like! We’ve reviewed other mini-series where the fourth issue was still dragging. But Niles and Jones have kicked this series up a notch with a great new story element introduced in this issue. It’s put a whole new spin on this story for me. I can’t wait to see where it goes next!

9 out of 10 (Excellent!)

X-files/30 Days of Night #3

(No Spoilers)

Writer: Steve Niles & Adam Jones
Pencils: Tom Mandrake
Colors: Darlene Royer
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Cover: Andrea Sorrentino

The nightmare for Agents Mulder and Scully continues as the threat increases substantially in this issue. Niles and Jones have gone from making this feel like an X-files episode to feeling more like an X-files movie.

The layouts and the pacing take on more of a widescreen feel in this issue. Mandrake’s art seems to be getting better and I like some of the huge establishing shots he illustrates. Plus, like I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have a particular vampire character we’re following so Mandrake takes the vampires we do see and seems to give us only teases of them. Whether it’s in shadows or close-up shots, he truly gives them a beast-like quality. This is a departure from the way Niles has presented them in the past which was a mixture of the human and animalistic traits. But again, I think it’s the lack of a main vampire character (so far) that drives this notion.

The characterization is still spot on as Mulder continues to insert humor even in the most dire situation while Scully is ever the skeptic as the unexplainable happens around her. They also get into a pretty intense action scene towards the end. It’s not something I’m used to seeing with them but the unexpectedness of it added to the suspense.

The story is still moving along nicely. We didn’t learn as much as I would’ve liked this issue but we traded that for a great action scene. I think what made it more suspenseful is that I’ve been wondering how Mulder and Scully will survive against such a dangerous foe. I got a taste of that here.

The series is continuing to be a great read each month. I’m confident that the remaining issues will be just as enjoyable. Niles proves time and time again that he knows how to write a good comic. Now with Adam Jones providing some insight, it appears the two work really well together. A solid read each month and one that is worth checking out if you still haven’t.

8 out of 10 (On its way to greatness!)

Wildstorm Addiction - Episode 13

Wildstorm Addiction Podcast – Episode 13

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Show Notes:
Welcome to another review packed episode of Wildstorm Addiction! Joe David Soliz and Ben Murphy bring you Wildstorm reviews for the weeks of August 25th and September 1st 2010. Reviews including Garrison #5 , Wildcats #26, and The Authority #26.

00:00:35 – Ben welcomes everyone to Episode #13 for the weeks of August 25th and September 1st.

00:00:54 – Spoiler alerts warning, but all the written Wildstorm reviews at site are spoiler free unless otherwise noted.

00:01:06 – Ben dives right into the latest Wildstorm news:

  • 00:01:08 – Steve Niles’ next Wildstorm project is called Lot 13 and it’ll be with artist Glenn Farby.  No release date has been given yet but there’s preview art at Wildstorm’s blog The Bleed.
  • 00:01:23 – Ethan Van Sciver’s character Cyberfrog returns in a mini-series called “Cyberfrog: Blood Honey” Sciver will do the covers and write it.  Artist yet to be named.  Originally featured in two issues published by Hall of Heroes in 1996 and ten more released by Harris Comics in 1997.  Sciver also said he has several unannounced projects at Wildstorm besides this one with the first to be announced at New York Comic Con in Oct. Reference: http://www.comicbookresources.com
  • 00:02:26 – Joe gives a shout out to Richard at The Hobby House in Kingsville, Texas for hooking him up with a ton of old Wildstorm stuff.  They are located at 822 E King Ave, Kingsville, TX.
  • 00:03:09 – Joe also wants to thank X-Nation for running our commercial on Ep #3 which you can download at http://www.culturalwormhole.com.
  • 00:03:19 – And finally big thanks to James Nadiger from the Wildstorm Resource Wiki for sending me a box of WS goodness that included some cool Gen 13 trades, the Wildcats and Planetary action figures

00:03:59 – Joe reviews Garrison #5 (of 6) written by Jeff Mariotte, along with art and cover by Francesco Francavilla.

00:08:54 – Ben gives his takes on Garrison #5, and it isn’t all Hollywood gloss and polish, but more tropes and cliche’s abound.

00:11:54 – Joe tells us all about his current favorite title, Wildcats #26 written by Adam Beechen. Art by Tim Seeley and Andy Smith, as well as cover art by Howard Porter, Allen Martinez and Wes Hartman.

00:22:08 – Ben agrees completely with Joe on this one, you better be reading the Wildcats, you don’t want to miss it!

00:24:56 – With a little prodding Joe tells listeners to go check our our new Suggested Reading page on the website, made especially for those wanting to get into the Wildstorm Universe.

00:25:55 – Ben gives his thoughts on the action packed sci-fi twist on The Authority #26 written by Tom Taylor, and art by Al Barrionuevo. Along with a cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.

00:34:02 – Joe has some thoughts on the Authority #26.

00:38:58 – Ben gives you both the print and digital Wildstorm Releases for the weeks of 8/25 through 9/1.

  • For the week of 9/1
  • New digital comic offerings (courtesy of comixology.com) $0.99-$1.99
  • Ex Machina #6 & 7
  • Supernatural: Rising Son #2 & 3
  • The X-files #6
  • Planetary #12
  • Gen 13 #29
  • Stormwatch PHD #21
  • The Authority #9
  • Wildcats #9
  • Starcraft #1-7, #1 is FREE
  • Gears of War #1-2
  • Kane & Lynch #1
  • Welcome to Tranquility #1 (Volume 1, 2006)

00:41:38 – Joe gives you are contact info which you will find below and says good night.

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