The X-Files X-Mas Special
Author: Joe Harris, Karl Kesel
Illustration: Matthew Daw Smith, Matthew Southworth
Checked out from my local library
This holiday special has two stories found within it. The first, “Season 10 Greetings,” has the FBI staff coming together at Director Skinner’s apartment for a Christmas party. Agents Scully, Reyes, and Doggett all attend the event. Even The Lone Gunmen are there photographing the gathering with a Civil War era camera while also encouraging everyone to kiss under the mistletoe. The dialogue is comical and a tipsy Skinner adds more humor to the scene.
While Agent Fox Mulder is out doing some last minute shopping at the mall, he suddenly finds himself in the presence of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) forcing everyone out of the mall in their yellow hazmat suits. As Mulder questions the group as to what is going on, he is confronted by the one and only Cancer Man. The individual dressed up as Santa Claus turned out to not be so jolly after all, and Cancer Man was there to make sure the imposter couldn’t escape. The entire ordeal makes Mulder late to the party and leaves him searching for the truth. The fat man coming down the chimney really wasn’t who he thought it would be.
The Pros: The flashbacks to Mulder’s childhood were intriguing to see. Even as a young boy, he was trying to explain the unknown. The story shows that we should be careful what we wish for. The truth might be too much to handle.
The Cons: The artwork was good, just not my favorite. Not much detail was added to the characters’ faces.
The second story, “Merry Christmas, Comrade!,” Takes place during the 1940s, during and after World War II. The main characters, FBI Agents Bing Ellison and Millie Ohio, interrogate a possible Communist sabator. Their questioning of the man will only bring on more questions as they discover the responsible party for random attacks on factories.
The Pros: This was my first experience reading about Ellison and Ohio. They have some similarities to Mulder and Scully, but are also their own strong characters and can carry a story.
The Cons: As mentioned earlier, the artwork could have been more sharp.
May all of your Christmases have fright!
Jer gives it 4/5.