After the scuffle in the Florida street, Mulder and Scully continue their investigation into the mysterious Florida Man. The sheriff keeps trying to shrug the off, but they have two places to investigate yet. Scully investigates the local church. Mulder goes out to the trailer park where the sheriff claims meth is made.
Florida Man #2 is oddly conventional ending for an X-Files story. Things aren’t as out there as they normally are, yet it hits the plot beats that you would expect. That’s not to say it’s especially predictable, but it feels like a stereotype of an X-Files plot. Plus, it doesn’t explain the “Florida Man” phenomenon like it promises.
The chemistry between Mulder and Sculler is the strongest part of this issue, just like the previous Florida Man installment. All the best moments are one-liners exchanged between our two heroic FBI agents.
The pacing begins to hit breakneck in the second half. It’s like the comic suddenly realized it has a lot to wrap up and raced towards a conclusion.
Also, it loses points for using the threat of sexual assault of a woman to build tension.
Elena Casagrande’s artwork is once more very good, and it makes economic use of detailing to create something both photorealistic and a little cartoonish. Mulder and Scully look like Mulder and Scully, which is an impressive feat. Silvia Califano’s inkwork is solid, and Arianna Florean’s color art is bright, eye-catching, and gives the comic a sense of heat and exasperation.
X-Files Case Files: Florida Man #2 isn’t a satisfying ending to the story, but it’s saved by quirks, charms, and the chemistry between its leads. I can’t say that I had a bad experience in reading this, even if the comic could have gone far more eldritch and out there than it did. That said, the pacing is quicker than many comics, the art is good, and the book is generally fun. This one earns a recommendation, though it’s not required reading. Feel free to check it out though.
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