I’m still not over the initial shock of the X-Files going off the air nearly 15 years ago. Thankfully, between IDW picking it up in comics, and that 6 part mini series from early last year, I’ll probably survive. Maybe. That cliffhanger from last year is actually slowly killing me.
“Contrarians Part 1” opens with the Cigarette Smoking Man speaking with President Reagan about an upcoming speech he’s about to give. They go back and forth, and it’s revealed that Reagan traded weapons to Iran in trade for American’s that were being held hostage in Lebanon.
Reagan doesn’t really want to let all of that out, as he wants the public to know he is fighting for them. Their banter goes on for a few panels, and right before they fade to the title screen (like in the show, how fancy) we see the media crew filming has all dropped dead.
The X-Files is no stranger to keeping people on the edge of their seats. Chris Carter was a master at this, and I am thrilled that he’s still involved with the comics. Writer Joe Harris is truly keeping the tone of the show alive in this issue, with artist Greg Scott bringing the cast to life. Cigarette Smoking man stands out against Reagan, with his callous and calculating nature shining bright. Reagan is made to look naive and almost stupid by it. While I can’t spoil the rest of the issue for you, I strongly urge you to pick this series up.
The truth is still out there.
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