X-Files Case Files Florida Man #1 Review: The Mystery Investigated at Last

Posted by April 24, 2018 Comment

X-Files Case Files: Florida Man #1
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Writer: Delilah S. Dawson, Artist: Elena Casagrande, Inker: Silvia Califano, Color Artist: Arianna Florean, Letters: Shawn Lee, Cover by: Catherine Nodet, Variant Covers by: J.J Lendl; Charles Paul Wilson III, Assistant Editor: Elizabeth Brei, Editor: Denton J. Tipton, Publisher: Greg Goldstein, Executive Producer: Chris Carter, Publishing Company: IDW Publishing, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

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.

X-Files Case Files: Florida Man #1 cover Catherine Nodet
X-Files Case Files: Florida Man #1 cover Catherine Nodet

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.

X-Files Case Files: Florida Man #1 art by Elena Casagrande, Silvia Califano, and Arianna Florean
X-Files Case Files: Florida Man #1 art by Elena Casagrande, Silvia Califano, and Arianna Florean

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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(Last Updated April 24, 2018 2:53 pm )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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