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THE TRUTH IS... in here! Team up with Mulder and Scully as they unravel all-knew mysteries only seen in comic books! This first collection includes Topps Comics issues #1-9, featuring stories like "Not to be Opened Until X-mas," "Firebird," "Trepanning Opera," "Silent Cities of the Mind," and more.


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THE TRUTH IS... in here! Team up with Mulder and Scully as they unravel all-knew mysteries only seen in comic books! This first collection includes Topps Comics issues #1-9, featuring stories like "Not to be Opened Until X-mas," "Firebird," "Trepanning Opera," "Silent Cities of the Mind," and more.

30 review for The X-Files Classics, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bark

    This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey. I did my usual 30 minutes of internet research and learned that this volume of X-Files comics were written back in the early days of the series. They are not book adaptions, nor were they ever tv episodes. This volume contains issues #1 – 9. I couldn’t wait to dig in to this because, well, original X-Files material (!) and the return of Mulder. But, most tragically, the magic was not This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey. I did my usual 30 minutes of internet research and learned that this volume of X-Files comics were written back in the early days of the series. They are not book adaptions, nor were they ever tv episodes. This volume contains issues #1 – 9. I couldn’t wait to dig in to this because, well, original X-Files material (!) and the return of Mulder. But, most tragically, the magic was not quite here. It showed up in glimpses but mostly I found myself a little bored and daydreaming for something just a wee bit more exciting. So anyway, on to the issues. Do Not Open Until Christmas starts off with a dead body and a stolen religious prophecy. Though the body is dead, it smells of roses. People think it’s been touched by the hand of God hisownself. Scully thinks otherwise. And Mulder? Well, he’s Mulder and thinks conspiracy! Cover up! Angels are aliens! There was some fun dialogue here. “You’re off the case! Go chase big foot!” “I’d love to, Sir, but with all due respect, the season is wrong. Big foot sightings taper off in the winter.” This one was probably my favorite for capturing both Scully and Mulder so well. A Dismembrance of Things Past (Parts 1 & 2) Mulder and Scully are ripped from slumber by nefarious government types in trench coats and shades who give them a file containing documents about a possible past alien visit in 1948 and the recent slaying of witnesses to the event. There are false memories, a mysterious gas, and possible alien experiments. It’s a lot to take in over a few pages and left me mostly confused until Part 2 which cleared most of it up. Well, as clear as an X-Files episode ever gets. Firebird (Parts 1-3) A shaman has come to a sacred site to die but before he can get close he finds a bunch of daft scientists come to disturb “The Firebird”. The panel then goes Kaboom! Meanwhile, in New Mexico a man is run off the road and tumbles to a fiery death while trying to avoid a fox. The fox eerily watches this series of events with far too much interest for a fox. The next panel features someone who is supposed to be Scully holding an ancient skull and bantering with Mulder. Who is this imposter and WTF has she done with Scully? That’s all I really want to know. Soooo, the skull leads them to New Mexico to investigate odd goings-on and just as I’m about to start daydreaming again . . . Tentacles enter the scene! Yes, you read that right and though this may be a minor spoiler YOU NEED TO KNOW. There are tentacles herein! I don't think there is anything left to say here. Unexpected Tentacles = win Trepanning Opera Strange deaths are occurring. Smiling bodies are found with holes drilled in their skulls. When one of the bodies contains an envelope marked “Mulder” and another marked “Scully”, the duo rush to the scene to find the killer. This is a wonderfully weird story with some reality bending ideas. Silent Cities of the Mind (Parts 1 & 2) This wasn’t the best note to end the collection on, if you’re asking me. It’s a little vignette involving ritual cannibalism and explains why some weirdo is doing it. There is much ado made about the absorption of knowledge and talents after eating the dead. No thanks, I think I’ll remain painfully average then. Mulder and Scully are on a plane that just so happens to get struck by lightning and Mulder is taken captive by this hungry madman whose lap he nearly lands in! Imagine the odds of that for a moment, if you will. This one’s kind of crazy. In addition to the weird coincidence, the eating of the human flesh, there’s a hidden city and a sacred artifact that Mulder thinks unsurprisingly believes may be linked to aliens. It’s all wrapped up in typical X-Files fashion but it wasn’t my favorite episode.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    #1: Not to be Opened Until X-Mas · ★★ A man dies in a Brooklyn church, claiming to have helped steal the final prophecy of Fatima from the Vatican. Their investigation leads Mulder and Scully to a collector of sacred artifacts. An unidentified branch of the military wants to locate and examine the final prophecy too. #2-#3: A Dismemberance of Things Past / A Little Dream of Me (2 Parts) · ★★½ Witnesses of an alleged alien craft are being murdered and the next victim may be a respected military off #1: Not to be Opened Until X-Mas · ★★ A man dies in a Brooklyn church, claiming to have helped steal the final prophecy of Fatima from the Vatican. Their investigation leads Mulder and Scully to a collector of sacred artifacts. An unidentified branch of the military wants to locate and examine the final prophecy too. #2-#3: A Dismemberance of Things Past / A Little Dream of Me (2 Parts) · ★★½ Witnesses of an alleged alien craft are being murdered and the next victim may be a respected military officer. Mulder and Scully are asked to investigate. The remaining witnesses are beginning to remember details that someone wants kept hidden. A rogue military officer, a player in the “inner government”, ties up loose ends. With help from the Lone Gunman gang, Scully and Mulder identify the officer. He offers Mulder the opportunity to recover his sister, Samantha. Scully discovers facts indicating that the offer may be a hoax. #4-#6: Firebird: Khobka’s Lament / Crescit Eundo / A Brief Authority (3 Parts) · ★★★ At Tunguska, Siberia, a shaman watches faceless men disturb the Firebird. In New Mexico, skeletal remains of a Russian scientist, carbon-dated at 15,000 years old, are found in an overturned, unmarked truck. Scully and Mulder investigate, finding evidence of materials used to achieve a fusion reaction. At White Sands Missle Range, the shaman survives to greet Firebird. Scully and Mulder flee from Firebird with Khobka, only to encounter more faceless men in black. While Scully tries to keep Khobka alive, Mulder is taken before the “inner government” and Firebird grows as it goes, threatening to consume Las Cruces, New Mexico. Mulder refuses to cooperate with the leaders of the “inner government”, who are covering up Firebird’s destructive activities. The faceless men kidnap Khobka with Scully in pursuit. Together, Scully and Mulder help Khobka free Firebird from earth before destroying New Mexico, but the faceless men remain faceless. #7: Trepanning Opera · ★★★★ Agent Drake has been hunting a serial killer for five years. The killer trepans his victims and they die with a smile. The most recent victims carry messages for Mulder and Scully. #8-#9: Silent Cities of the Mind (2 Parts) · ★★★ Scully and Mulder investigate a hollow earth cult in Alaska, whose leader is searching for a lost city in the ice. When their plane crashes Mulder is captured by Dr. Enoch and taken to the long lost city of Azatlan. Scully follows and watches as Mulder and Enoch open an ancient tomb. Trapped in an ancient Aztec city in Alaska, Scully and Mulder are caught in the crossfire between military forces and Enoch, each fighting for possession of the Ilbal, an incredible Aztec artifact found by the FBI agents. ————— All my book reviews can be found here

  3. 4 out of 5

    Issa

    I have a soft spot in my heart for these old 90s xfiles comic books from topps comics. This features pre-walking dead Charlie adlard on art duty. Nicely written and effective art makes these stories written the golden age of xfiles mania a great read for fans and people who never read the comic

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    X-Files stories that ring true to the series! This first collection includes Topps Comics issues #1–9. I always liked the X-files more during its “Monster of the week” format. These graphic novels follow that formula. The stories also end on a cliffhanger that might lead to further stories! In this volume, Mulder and Scully are sent to find the Fatima Prophecy. Some want to know what it says, some want to prevent it from being read! Kidnapped, the agents are sent after an army general hiding the s X-Files stories that ring true to the series! This first collection includes Topps Comics issues #1–9. I always liked the X-files more during its “Monster of the week” format. These graphic novels follow that formula. The stories also end on a cliffhanger that might lead to further stories! In this volume, Mulder and Scully are sent to find the Fatima Prophecy. Some want to know what it says, some want to prevent it from being read! Kidnapped, the agents are sent after an army general hiding the secrets of a UFO crash. A Colonel tells Mulder that he can return his sister Samantha… A mysterious ancient fortress may hold the secret to The Tunguska event… What if the “third eye” phenomenon was shown to exist? What if you could not be certain you are dead or alive? A cannibal on a mountaintop gains new abilities every time he eats someone… I liked the way the standalone stories still blend into each other. I have a feeling that they will all turn out to affect each other. I give this graphic novel five stars! Quoth the Raven…

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Compared to the current X-files series I wasn't too impressed with this collection though I do recall winning a copy of the actual comic book #1 at my current comic shop way back in the early 90's in a raffle. You get some early artwork from The Walking Dead's Charlie Adlard, but I thought his depictions of Mulder and Scully were a bit off at times and not consistent enough throughout the 9 stories in the book. Story-wise I wasn't much impressed either. I felt it lagged at times and perhaps I Compared to the current X-files series I wasn't too impressed with this collection though I do recall winning a copy of the actual comic book #1 at my current comic shop way back in the early 90's in a raffle. You get some early artwork from The Walking Dead's Charlie Adlard, but I thought his depictions of Mulder and Scully were a bit off at times and not consistent enough throughout the 9 stories in the book. Story-wise I wasn't much impressed either. I felt it lagged at times and perhaps I was just comparing it too much to the current ( and excellent ) X-files series by IDW written by Joe Harris, which to me REALLY is like watching the show itself.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

    The artwork is a bit dated, but it still has a really great X-Files feel. You are introduced to crazy human conditions you've never heard of and all sorts of government/alien conspiracies. Any X-Files fan will feel right at home.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andre

    Purely reading these old 'Topps' comics for sentimental value. The artwork is horrendous, but the stories remind me of the many dark evenings I stayed glued to the TV for another dose of conspiracy and intrigue. Overall, worth the effort, but nothing outstanding.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Jb

    I've quite liked it, I never thought I would like to read comics, but I'm afraid I like everything that has to do with The X-Files haha

  9. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    I picked up this volume of 90s X-Files comics both because I was inspired by Kumail Nanjiani's X-Files Files podcast (which revisits the episodes but also revisits the 90s-era commentary on those episodes) and because I just happened to see this volume at the library. To get this out of the way, I've never been a huge consumer of tie-in properties and I was a huge consumer of the X-Files. (As you can probably tell by the fact that I'm putting it in italics--out of respect.) So it's a little weird I picked up this volume of 90s X-Files comics both because I was inspired by Kumail Nanjiani's X-Files Files podcast (which revisits the episodes but also revisits the 90s-era commentary on those episodes) and because I just happened to see this volume at the library. To get this out of the way, I've never been a huge consumer of tie-in properties and I was a huge consumer of the X-Files. (As you can probably tell by the fact that I'm putting it in italics--out of respect.) So it's a little weird to approach these comics. It's doubly weird because these comics were put out around the same time as the show. So I can look back and say, "that doesn't make sense" because I've already seen all nine seasons; but Stefan Petrucha had only seen 2-3 seasons when he was writing these scripts. Or, to be catty, maybe he'd seen even less. I just read that Chris Carter's production company was very controlling with this property and not very happy with Petrucha's handling. And I can't entirely blame them. The very first episode opens with a Papal conspiracy around a secret prophecy that just doesn't feel very much in keeping with the tone. (But then again, maybe I should rewatch season 1, episode 18, "Miracle Man," about murders around a faith healer before I judge.) Petrucha also adds his own cabal of secret masters, tweaks the relationship between Mulder and the military-intelligence institution, and tends to a quick pace that sucks some of the mystery out of the mysteries. (And again, to be fair, he's only got 20-something pages to tell a story.) There are things to enjoy here, like some longer-running secondary stories about government experimentation on memories. But it tends to reduce the X-Files in a way that may be almost inevitable in comics--more explosions, less fun relationship banter. Still, it seems to me that this property would've been better served by keeping the writing in-house; and that Stefan Petrucha would've been better served by being given free rein over his own world.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dann

    The paranormal investigations of Agents Mulder and Scully continue on in the graphic novel The X-Files Classics: Volume 1. This collection includes the first 9 issues of the Topps Comics series, which feature the stories “Do Not Opened Until X-mas,” “Firebird,” “Trepanning Opera,” and “Silent Cities of the Mind.” The plots are fairly self-contained, told in 2-3 issue arcs, and involve psychic powers, government conspiracies, aliens, and native mysticisms. The writing is pretty good about followi The paranormal investigations of Agents Mulder and Scully continue on in the graphic novel The X-Files Classics: Volume 1. This collection includes the first 9 issues of the Topps Comics series, which feature the stories “Do Not Opened Until X-mas,” “Firebird,” “Trepanning Opera,” and “Silent Cities of the Mind.” The plots are fairly self-contained, told in 2-3 issue arcs, and involve psychic powers, government conspiracies, aliens, and native mysticisms. The writing is pretty good about following the structure of the show, and stays true to the characters. The artwork however, isn’t very consistent and Mulder and Scully are often unrecognizable (particularly Scully). But overall, The X-Files Classics: Volume 1 is an entertaining anthology book that fan of the series are sure to enjoy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heather Pearson

    The combination of the stories and the graphics gave me the feel I used to get while watching the original television series. Mulder still wants to believe and Scully is ever the sceptic. Author Stefan Petrucha has the story twists the viewers came to expect with the show including characters who carry forward from earlier episodes even when you thought their story was finished. Illustrator Charlie Adlard brought Mulder and Scully back to life. I almost expected them to start moving. The excelle The combination of the stories and the graphics gave me the feel I used to get while watching the original television series. Mulder still wants to believe and Scully is ever the sceptic. Author Stefan Petrucha has the story twists the viewers came to expect with the show including characters who carry forward from earlier episodes even when you thought their story was finished. Illustrator Charlie Adlard brought Mulder and Scully back to life. I almost expected them to start moving. The excellent graphics provide the visual clues that further build the stories. I love the use of such vivid colours. The story panes are easy to follow and make for an enjoyable reading experience.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Martyn Perry

    Bit of a weird one this. Once you get used to the quite basic artwork and the overly wordy text, there’s some decent stories here which have a suitably faithful tone to the TV show and the plots. Unfortunately, some of the earlier comics can often be quite confusing, and the writing and artwork often don’t help clarify things as they should. That said, towards issues #5-#9 there's some fairly adult themes and entertaining tales as a result.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kdunbier

    Enjoyable enough.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alyse

    Why does Scully occasionally have blonde hair???

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dan Pfeiffer

    Most of the stories were of the quality they could have been adapted for the television series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stefano

    Has some great storylines, some are somewhat complicated or even unfinished... but that's typically X-Files, of course! All in all a good collection.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I enjoyed my return to the X-Files universe. I felt that some stories tried to cover too much in a short space of time, making the reader work too hard to make the links.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Reminds me of how much I miss original episodes. *sigh*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    some of the adventures were pretty much predictable. It was an overall pleasure to enter the "trust no one" universe again.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Feldgen Jeffrey

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Gomez

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jaci Schneider

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ian

  26. 4 out of 5

    Philip Lister

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nadine

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yiana

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jen

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