Comic Book: The X-Files Season 10

The X-Files Season 10 is IDW Publishing's 2013 comic book revival of the television series The X-Files, continuing the canonical adventures of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully after the events of the second movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Produced by TV series creator Chris Carter, the comic gives the storyline a major contemporary overhaul, now telling the story of the government/alien conspiracy in context of uncertain, paranoid, Wikileaks-driven New Tens as opposed to The '90s. Also promised are sequel stories featuring prominent "Monsters-of-the-Week" from the show.

It has been announced that Fox's upcoming six-episode revival of the show will follow the canon of the comics, meaning that Cancer Man and the Lone Gunmen, who died in the series and were brought back in the comics, will be returning to TV.


The X-Files Season 10 provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: In the series finale, the Cigarette-Smoking Man told Mulder that alien colonization would commence on December 22, 2012. The cast and crew openly considered doing a third movie that would explore that plotline if The X-Files: I Want to Believe made big enough returns. (It apparently didn't.) It is now 2013 and in issue #3, Mulder accuses the Cigarette-Smoking Man of playing another mind game with giving him the 2012 invasion date, declaring that it never happened. No explanation has yet been provided for why the date was missed.
  • Continuity Nod: In the first issue, Scully gives a shot to a little girl named Emily, trying to make a rapport with her and remarking that giving the shot "might have hurt me more than it did you." Perhaps a reference to her short-lived daughter of the same name from the fifth season, no?
  • Faking the Dead: The Lone Gunmen and the Cigarette-Smoking Man.
  • For Inconvenience, Press "1": As a wounded Scully is being pursued by the Acolytes.
  • Glowing Eyes: How to know you've run into Acolytes.
  • In-Series Nickname: Mulder's nickname "Spooky", referenced in the first issue.