Title: The X-Files 30 Days Of Night – Issue #1
Writer: Steve Niles & Adam Jones
Artist: Tom Mandrake
Colorist: Darlene Royer
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Andrea Sorrentino
Publisher: Wildstorm Productions
Release Date: July 14, 2010
MSRP: $3.99 (Cover)
When Alaskan local and snowplow driver, Henry-Lee “Patches” Brown comes upon a massive truck wreck, he gets suspicious. When a 40-foot pole with decapitated bodies stuck to it shoots up out of the ground, “Patches” gets scared and gets the hell out of Dodge (do you blame him?). Well who are you gonna call when the shit hits the fan? No, not the Ghostbusters. At least not the charmingly goofy foursome with the Proton Packs, but the real deal. You call Agents Scully and Mulder, the FBI’s crack team of extraterrestrial investigators. Wildstorm Productions has married two great comic franchises into one epic, 6 issue series. The X-Files, say hello to 30 Days Of Night.
It’s been quite a few years since I read my last comic book, so the first thing that I noticed when reading this was the high quality of the actual book. The cover is made of some pretty thick, heavy-duty, glossy paper and the pages have a nice magazine sheen to them. I was impressed by this. Like I said, it’s been awhile.
The story was intriguing and drew me in right away. Why are all of these trucks piled up? WTF is up with the decapitated-human popsicle? If you love horror and the macabre, then this is for you. I eat this stuff up for breakfast and can’t wait for seconds. The graphics and coloring have a gloomy edge to them. The art is pretty “adult” and the colors are dark and drab. You aren’t going to find any Archie here!
I liked that Agents Scully and Mulder seemed true to their original TV series characters. Even though it’s been awhile since it aired, Scully is still serious and Mulder still has his aloofness and cynical sense of humor. My wife agreed on this as she is more of an X-Files expert than I am. I also enjoyed the 30 Days Of Night twist to the story. While I have not read the comic mini-series, I have seen the movie adaptation and I enjoyed it. These two franchises mesh together well.
If I had to complain about anything with this comic, it would have to be the length. I don’t know. Maybe I’m out of the loop on this, but I thought it was really short. The actual story only takes place on 20 pages of print. It just seemed like no sooner did I get started and it was over. I would have liked to have been able to have read a few more pages before I finished. This is just nit picking though and shouldn’t stop you from picking this comic up.
Brian’s Overall Thoughts: It’s bad-ass like Samuel L. Jackson minus all the F bombs. It has the awesomeness of the X-Files, and the evilness of 30 Days Of Night. The dreary scenes of gore were sweet and I can’t wait for more. I’m very interested to find out what happens. Will Scully and Mulder solve this mystery or have they “bitten” off more than they can chew? The Truth is Out There!