'The X-Files: Year Zero' Coming This July From IDW

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IDW Publishing recently announced some news to makes fans of "The X-Files" very happy. An original tale and the case that "started it all" will debut this July in a brand-new five-issue miniseries called "The X-Files: Year Zero." The release reveals the plot, "In the 1940s, a shadowy informant known as 'Mr. Xero directed the FBI to a number of paranormal cases that would soon be classified as 'X-Files,' which were reserved for the improbable and unexplainable. When faced with an eerily similar 'Mr. Zero' in the present, Agent Mulder resolves to uncover the truth about who this mystery person is and their connection to these cases."

The talented team is introduced via the release:

The multi-talented veteran Karl Kesel ("FF," "Superboy") makes his debut at IDW as the writer on the series. Vic Malhotra (The X-Files: Conspiracy: The Crow) and Greg Scott ("The X-Files: Season 10") will be splitting art duties with Malhotra providing the art for the 1940s sequences and Scott drawing the present day storyline. Covers will be provided by Season 10’s Carlos Valenzuela, with pulp-novel-inspired subscription variants by Robert Hack ("Doctor Who") and a retailer incentive cover by Eisner Award-winner Francesco Francavilla for the first installment.

Editor, Denton J. Tipton states, “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.”

Karl Kesel also gives his opinion of "Year Zero," “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?”

The new origin series will be joining not only an upcoming board game from IDW Games, but the ongoing Season 10 series. Give their page a "like" over on Facebook for all the latest news and info: facebook.com/idwpublishing.

-Larissa Mrykalo