Scully and Mulder arrive in Ocala, Florida to investigate the infamous case of the “Florida Man.” The trail leads them to an encounter with an open-air artist, an unhelpful local sheriff, an alligator-filled pawn shop, and a meth-ridden trailer park community. The trail becomes more treacherous when they stumble across a domestic situation.
I won’t lie, the idea of focusing on the “Florida Man” idea seemed silly to me. To its credit, X-Files leans into it somewhat, with the duo making more wisecracks and glib observations than usual.
In the end, it all works too. I had a lot of fun reading this comic. Mulder is constantly making jokes about the heat and Florida in general. Scully plays off him, trying to remain more task-focused than Fox. While there are some grisly real-world crimes referenced, the book never delves too deeply into gloom to cause tonal whiplash with all the one-liners being rattled off.
What is weird is that the comic never actually acknowledges that “Florida Man” is just a joke about the frequency of its use in headlines in weird Florida news stories. There’s never a moment where Fox Mulder explains that it’s just one “Florida Man.” The comic just assumes that it’s always been one guy.
Elena Casagrande’s artwork looks great, capturing the likeness of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson with ease and minimal line work to accomplish the task. There is an appealing sleekness to the overall comic too. Arianna Florean’s color work is very bright and visually appealing for it. The comic is quite gorgeous on the whole.
X-Files Case Files: Florida Man #1 is a fun first entry into this two-part story. The premise is ridiculous, but the book has fun with it. The dialogue is great, the characters are their likable selves, and I look forward to seeing what the weird explanation for this one is. Plus, the art team does great work. This one gets a recommendation.
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