The X-Files: Year Zero
Between Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files and news that Fox is getting ready to re-open The X-Files, my interest in one of my favorite shows has been renewed. I’ve read a couple of the season ten installments of this new comic series and felt they were hit or miss. So I approached this collection of the five-issue series focusing on the establishment of the famous X-Files with an open mind.
As Mulder and Scully look into a case in the current time-line, we’re given flashes back to the beginnings of the case and the two FBI agents assigned to investigate it. It’s a fairly entertaining, well told little story that checks a lot of boxes for continuity fan and is full of Easter eggs for long-time obsessive fans of the show. But if you’re not a huge fan or dropped out around the time Mulder left the show, you’ll still be able to jump into this one and enjoy what’s going on here (unlike some of the stories from year 10 that require you to be more than passingly familiar with the mythology from the later seasons of the show).
Of the recent X-Files comics, I have to admit this is my favorite of the bunch, simply because it’s a stand alone story. I’m not sure I’d necessarily pick up a whole series of stories set in the early days of the X-Files but I’d be interested enough to read one or two more stories featuring these new characters.
Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker is a love note to the early days of computer hacking and social engineering. We’re presented with a composite character who has skills to manipulate the phone company for free long distance and begins to learns the ins and outs of hacking back in a time before many of us even knew what the Internet was.
Reading Wizzywig, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Kevin Mitnick’s books about his days as a hacker and some of his tricks that he used. Reading this now when it seems like we get a news story every other week about a data breach, you can’t help but think that this is kind of where it all started.
Art wise, the book is a solid and the story is well told. We’re given short, snippet that add to an entertaining whole.
In the interest of full disclosure, I received a digital ARC of these collections from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.