Reviewed By: Frosty McKenzie
Publisher: DC Comics, IDW Publishing
Writers: Steve Niles, Adam Jones
Artists: Tom Mandrake, Sam Keith (variant cover), JD Mettler (variant cover)
Colorists: Darlene Royer, Gabe Eltaeb, Jorge Gonzalez
Genre: Graphic Novel (Softcover)
MSRP: $17.99 USA
Release Date: Available Now
The truth is out there and it is Agents Fox Mulder and his partner Dana Scully of the FBI that looks into cases of the supernatural and extraterrestrial kind. Sure, The X-Files finished its impressive run on television a few years ago but that doesn’t mean their story is over as we can see from The X-Files/30 Days of Night … a story that brings together our favorite FBI duo and the world of vampires straight out of Steve Niles’ 30 Days of Night series together. Let’s just say, these two go together perfectly.
Welcome to Wainwright, Alaska in a winter that shrouds the land in darkness for several weeks. It’s the second week of this 24-hour dark as a truck driver headed for home makes a most grizzly discovery on the road. The sight of other abandoned trucks isn’t what freaks out this trucker … it’s the sight of several severed heads piled near a pole that holds the bodies in place like a grotesque totem pole.
Enter Mulder and Scully who start investigating the bodies that look to have been beheaded and drained of their blood by what Mulder believes is more than one assailant. Even the abandoned trucks show strange signs that something ripped the doors out of their hinges. Scully believes that perhaps the perpetrators might have used the Jaws of Life but what could tear the heads off the shoulders of burly truckers? Unfortunately, the FBI sent two other agents to look into the matter and one of them – Agent Daniel Robert French – has always had it in for Fox Mulder who he sees as something of a con man.
Not too far from the crime scene, though, Scully sees what looks to be a little girl buried in snow. When she digs her out and lifts her off the snow, the little girl suddenly bursts into flames. Taking the girl back into town and leaving her in the care of the town’s physician and a nurse, the agents do not witness the child come to life in the most horrific manner.
Things get even more complicated when the truck driver who discovered the bloody scene is also found killed in the same fashion on his own home. It’s clear that somebody silenced him as the bodies are starting to pile up. In the meantime, Mulder and Scully discover a stranded ship with even more bodies. This reminds Mulder of a similar case involving a Captain named Norberg who was searching for an artifact not far from Wainwright.
Meanwhile, Wainwright’s remaining law are being slaughtered by the very thing Mulder is afraid to say. They are vampires who find the 24-hour darkness a blessing as they take the town and one even attempts to kill Mulder and Scully aboard a helicopter but fails. Unfortunately, both Mulder and his partner are forced to jump out of the airplane only to crash land in Russian territory. It is there that they find their two Russian counterparts who know of their work and aid them in finding a clue they managed to uncover before they crashed.
They search of a limbless immortal and the two KGB agents take them to a creature that Scully will not recognize as a vampire. The creature’s tale is one that is fantastical and bloody and he hides the secret location of the artifact that has long been hidden from the vampires. When they leave the creature, however, the vampires manage to find him as well as the artifact that turns out to be something quite astonishing.
When Mulder and Scully make their way back to Wainwright, however, they discover that the town is now under the control of the vampires that had turned their attention on Agent French and his partner. Suddenly, what was an investigation has now become a fight for survival as they are all being hunted down. Scully finds herself overpowered and Mulder finds himself facing a familiar face.
I won’t spoil the finale that is downright intense and intriguing. It’s also true to The X-Files so fans will not be disappointed in the very least. All the credit, of course, goes to Steve Niles and Adam Jones (who is best known as the guitarist for the band TOOL). They add all the right elements that fit both themes perfectly and we also find familiar elements from the show including the appearance of Assistant Director Skinner. Along with Tom Mandrake’s excellent artwork and you have the best of both worlds.
The X-Files/30 Days of Night doesn’t fail to take two favorite franchises and make it work in ways that will please fans of both series. Adding Mulder and Scully to a bloody vampire tale makes things even more interesting in the world of 30 Days of Night as great writing and wonderful art comes together nicely. You seriously should not miss this one.
COMIC REVOLUTION RATING BREAKDOWN
FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully find themselves investigating a gruesome crime scene in small Alaskan town during winter when daylight doesn’t come for weeks. When more of the town’s residents are being killed in the same way, the two agents find themselves looking into a legend that might be connected to these immortal killers as an investigation turns into a bloody battle for survival.
Tom Mandrake sets the mood perfectly and his vampires are downright frightening but I have to give him props for doing a great job making Mulder and Scully look just like they did on the show. It’s a bloody and violent book true to the 30 Days of Night books.
Fans of The X-Files and 30 Days of Night will find a lot to love about this title and thanks to the solid writing and excellent art; it should be among your collection if you’re a fan of both beloved franchises. It’s always great to see Mulder and Scully back and even more so in a case that can only come from the minds of Steve Niles and Adam Jones. You really should not miss this one if you like a bloody vampire tale with two recognizable faces.
Review copy provided by DC Comics