IDW’s ‘The X-Files: Year Zero’ Comic Uncovers Origins of The X-Files Unit

By April 21, 2014

Ever wonder how the X-Files unit began? Well, wonder no more!

Hot on the heels on the success of IDW’s comic series The X-Files Season 10 – in which Mulder and Scully took on monsters, cults, Mulder’s beloved conspiracy theories, and more – the dynamic duo are back for a five-issue miniseries known as The X-Files: Year Zero, where we FINALLY get to learn why the unit came to be.

According to a press release, Year Zero will take us all the way back to 1940, where an informant known as “Mr. Xero” pointed the FBI in the direction of multiple paranormal cases soon filed under “X-Files,” the name for cases that were deemed as improbable, unexplainable or both. When a “Mr. Zero” pops up in the present day, Mulder takes it upon himself to uncover the truth about this Zero and their connection to the X-File cases.

So why now?

The multi-talented writer Karl Kesel (Fantastic Four, Superman, Spider-Boy), who makes his IDW debut with Year Zero explains:

I’ve always thought the 40s would be a wonderful setting for X-Files, with the Russian red menace, atomic mutations and flying saucers all lurking in the shadows— what I like to think of as ‘UFO Noir.’ Of course, iconic characters like Mulder and Scully are a joy to write, and being given the opportunity to introduce their predecessors— Bing Ellinson and Millie Ohio— well, the truth is it’s all a little unbelievable to me. But the unbelievable is what X-Files is all about, isn’t it?

And according to editor Denton J. Tipton, “The origins of the X-Files unit of the FBI were only hinted at in the TV show, and we’re proud to present the story of how the precursors of our favorite paranormal agents established the division in the late 1940s. I think Bing and Millie will become fan-favorites alongside Mulder, Scully, Reyes, and Doggett.”

Year Zero has some big guns behind it: Vic Malhotra (The X-Files Conspiracy: The Crow) will tackle the 1940s time period and Greg Scott (The X-Files: Season 10) will take the present day storyline, respectively. And a big stable of artists will contribute covers, including Season 10’s Carlos Valenzuela, the “pulp-novel-inspired subscription variants” by Doctor Who‘s Robert Hack, and Eisner Award-winner Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle) will create a “retailer incentive cover” for the first installment.

The X-Files: Year Zero hits stores this July. So what do you “X-Files” fans about this? The truth is out there and I want know what it is, so sound off below!

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  • The ’40s, eh? Could be interesting to see the precursors to Mulder and Scully…