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The X-Files, Vol. 1 (X-Files) (X-Files) [Paperback]

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The X-Files comic book, based upon the hugely popular TV series, was a top-50 selling comic throughout its publication frequently outselling Superman titles. This collection picks up where Topps comics left off in collecting this popular series into trade paperback format. This book collects issues 13-17, as well as the highly sought-after Issue 0 (the pilot episode adaptation), and the episode adaptation of squeeze.

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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.1" Width: 6.7" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Checker Book Publishing Group
ISBN  1933160020  
ISBN13  9781933160023  

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Stefan Petrucha has written X-Files comics and for Disney comics. He is the author of a few YA series: "Timetripper" (Razorbill), "Frankenstein" (DK Books), "Wicked Dead" with Thomas Pendleton (Harper Collins) and the young adult fiction title, Teen Inc. (Walker Books for Young Readers). His latest hardcover, "The Rule of Won," was published in September 2008 to rave reviews.

Sarah Kinney has written over 150 original Disney comics for Egmont Publishing. She recently finished scripting the animated feature "Blaze of Glory" for Santoon Productions.

Sho Murase is active in animation. Her first color graphic novel "SEI" was published by Image Comics in 2003, and her art has been displayed at galleries around the world including the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

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for X-phillys!!!  Jun 18, 2007
im not gonna write a long boring review... if you love the X-FILES, you'll love the graphic novel. if you dont love x-files... dont buy it
On TV? Sweet. As a comic? Not so sweet  Oct 16, 2006
The X-files entertain millions of people all over the world during the years when it was still produced. The scepticism of Scully mixed with Mulder's desire to believe in more or less everything between heaven and earth fascinated millions of fans, and as is the case with any other successful concept; the TV-series gave birth to numerous other products, of which the comics market was - and is - one of the most successful.

Comics are in no way as popular in Sweden as they are in the U.S. or Great Britain, but we still do have our share of hardcore devotees who spend their money in special stores and are deadly serious about their interest. Now Checker Books publishes a collection of some of the most popular episodes caught on paper, and as always when it comes to collections the contributions vary in quality. However, none of them manage to fully fascinate the reader the way the TV-series did.

The episodes in the collections are outlined just like the ones on TV; they all start with a mysterious event (which becomes even more mysterious when it's on paper instead of the TV screen), Scully and Mulder get involved, action sequences are mixed with the compulsory autopsy scenes, and at the end it's difficult to tell what the real outcome was. Real, definite endings are not very common when it's about the X-Files.

The highlight in the collection is the first episode made for TV, since many who eventually got hooked on the adventures of Scully and Mulder easily remembers the special feeling that that first episode gave them. Still, even the classic episodes have great difficulties in the transformation into comics, and as a consequence it's easy to come to the conclusion that the X-files really should be experienced on the screen and not on paper.

The most devoted of fans probably don't agree at all, but still, no one really doubts that the TV-series will always be more popular than the comics. If you love the X-Files, then by all means go ahead and buy the collection. But remember that it's absolutely not a must.
Throughout the 90's, TOPPS comics put out a truly outstanding comic book series based on the hit TV show the X-Files. They began collecting the issues in trade paperback format but only got as far as issue #12. Now, Checker Books has picked up the ball and is continuing collecting these classic issues in trade paperback. This first volume collects issues #13 - 19, as well as the special issue #0. TOPPS' greatest accomplishment with the series was being able to capture the spirit of the TV shows with witty writing and art that matched the spirit of each tale.

In "One Player Only" Scully & Mulder investigate the murder of a team of computer programmer's by that team's leader. Could it be possible that the artificial intelligence program they were working on actually possessed the team leader?

"Falling" finds Mulder in the wilderness investigating the crash sight of an unknown ship. When he's caught in a trap by some children, they're convinced that Mulder is himself an alien. Mulder is slowly poisoned by radiation while Scully is stone-walled in her own investigation.

"Home of the Brave" is a two-part story that finds Mulder and Scully captured by survivalist extremists in the swamps of Georgia. They plan to kill the two agents but something even more sinister than government agents is lurking in the swamps.

In "Thin Air" a man washes up on the shores of Greece, claiming to be a member of the ill-fated Flight 19 that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle over fifty years earlier. Mulder & Scully doubt the man's story and soon uncover the hoax. But why did someone go through all the trouble to fake the man's identity. And why did that man soon disappear?

"Squeeze" adapts one of the more famous TV episodes about a serial killer who seems to strike every 30 years, tearing the livers out of five victims before disappearing again. This is a great story, adapted by Roy Thomas and Val Mayerick.

"Zero" is an adaptation of the X-Files pilot episode by Roy Thomas and John Van Fleet. This story tells the tale of how Scully was assigned to the X-files and her first meeting and case with Mulder as the investigate a series of murders in Oregon.

All of the stories in this volume are very good but as far as the original stories, "Thin Air" really does the best job of capturing that feeling of shady conspiracies that the show was so well-known for. It's little surprise, then, when you see who is behind it all in the end. The art ranges from above average to outstanding, especially the work of Val Mayerick who is one of my favorites. If you've been missing X-files since the comic ended or never read it, these collections from Checker books are a great place to start. Most of the stories are all self contained and you needn't worry about having read the previous issues in order to jump right in.

Reviewed by Tim Janson

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