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 the 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 is now up to "Season 11".

Carter has said that his upcoming six-episode revival of the show in early 2016 will not continue the canon of the comics.

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.
  • All Myths Are True: Though most likely non-canon, the "Conspiracy" mini-series has the Ghostbusters, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Crow and Transformers being real within the X-Files world.
  • Alternate Continuity: As a result of the 2016 revival miniseries.
  • Arc Words: G-23 really does bring out the worst in people.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: In the Season 10 comic "Chitter" when Scully learns from Mrs. Hoynes that the Chittering God wants her as a tribute, she holds a trowel to her throat.
    Scully: You both...might be right about me. About what hurts me...and what I feel... but you're not getting any of it!
  • The Chessmaster: Gibson Praise, who has been manipulating Mulder and Scully since the last arc of Season 10 and the first issues of Season 11.
  • Christmas Episode: The Season 10 and Season 11 Holiday specials. The Season 10 holiday special is a standalone issue, but the Season 11 holiday special continues the Myth Arc of Season 11.
  • Cloning Gambit: Gibson Praise in Season 10, issue #25.
  • 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?
  • Expendable Clone: The Cigarette-Smoking Man, The Well-Manicured Man and other Syndicate members. Later Gibson Praise.
  • Faking the Dead: The Lone Gunmen and the Cigarette-Smoking Man. The latter is also faking in the 2016 miniseries.
  • 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.
  • Kill It with Fire: How the Peacock clan finally meets its demise, in Season 11.
  • Mushroom Samba: In Season 10 issue #19.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Gibson Praise
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Star Wars, in Season 10 issue #19.
    Cigarette-Smoking Man: Bill Mulder thought he'd helped destroy the menace of Project #G-23.
    Mulder: Everybody lets their parents down sometimes. And you can keep dreaming of us ruling the galaxy together as father and son. This is where you cut off my hand and I leap to almost certain death to get away from you.
    • To Star Wars again (Alderaan), and to Star Trek (Klingons), in Season 11 issue #1.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: One of the Peacocks is actually a beautiful woman. Ugliness apparently skips a generation every now and then.