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This week brings us the first in what will (hopefully) be a series of one-shot anthologies exploring alternate versions of The X-Files mythology. This issue tackles a tantalizing scenario where Fox Mulder was abducted decades ago instead of his sister Samantha

Is it good?

The X-Files: Deviations #1 (IDW Publishing)

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The Plot

  • Freaking hippies. That’s what you get for running in platform shoes.
  • This all seems very familiar.
  • Like, super duper familiar.
  • Not surprisingly, Samantha behaves a lot like Mulder—but with a much better sense of focus.
  • No matter who gets taken, that abduction scene still breaks my heart ☹
  • I like Samantha Mulder and Dana Scully working together.
  • Wait…what?

Is It Good?

I was pretty excited when I heard Amy Chu was writing this. Unfortunately, the great chemistry she builds between Scully and (Samantha) Mulder is bogged down by a painfully generic narrative.

Samantha is different from Mulder, but not enough to warrant much of a story. And then we have the ‘twist’ ending, which is more random than shocking. I guess it could have been a great springboard for a story arc, but as a one-shot, it feels depressingly lame.

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One thing that saves this issue from being a complete disaster is the artwork by Elena Casagrande and Silvia Califano. In addition to the beautiful pencils, their paneling on each page is exceptionally well done. There’s also a great two-page spread with Scully/Mulder’s investigation charted over a map of their various stops and pathways.

This is a great creative team that I would love to see do another Deviation issue. This one, however, made me wish for an alternate timeline where the book gets rewritten with a story that lives up to its compelling premise and potential.

X-Files: Deviations #1 Review
The artwork by Elena Casagrande and Silvia Califano is superb. So is the paneling on each page.
Despite some great chemistry between the two main characters, the story by Amy Chu is painfully generic.The 'twist' ending is more random than shocking.
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