Title: The X-Files: Case Files—Florida Man… #2
Writer: Delilah Dawson
Artist: Elena Casagrande, Silvia Califano
Cover Artist: Catherine Nodet, J.J. Lendi
Publication Date: May 23, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Witness the stunning conclusion to our first installment of Case Files! While investigating a rash of bizarre crimes in a small Florida town, Scully and Mulder and themselves in the clutches of an alligator-worshiping cult!”
Knock-off Egyptian tattoos, a dangerous drug…and gators? Agents Scully and Mulder’s investigation in Florida takes an odd turn, when the pair discovers a strange tattoo on a male suspect. Taking the old divide and conquer approach, the pair splits up. Mulder visits the local trailer park where this deadly drug is supposedly being manufactured, while Scully pays a visit to the local church. Of course, the church is where the action is, and Scully finds herself caught up in the middle of cult ritual. And you guessed it, they worship alligators.
Dawson recreates the unique style of the original X-Files, while crafting new stories and adventures. Extra points to Dawson for maintaining Mulder and Scully’s quick wit and banter. However, it is Dawson’s story that really wins in this series. The “Florida Man” storyline is fun, but familiar. Tapping into Floridian stereotypes, “Florida Man” puts a new twist on the typical cult storyline, while adding some local flavor to the story. Playing heavily with the setting, Casagrande and Califano use vibrant colors to depict the Sunshine State. From one panel to the next, no matter the content, the two use the artwork to ground the reader into the setting.
As a long time fan of the original show, this new comic series has all the makings to be a hit. Dawson’s Mulder and Scully mirror their television counterparts well, the storyline is fresh, and the depiction of an alligator worshipping cult is inspired.
The Bottom Line:
Bizarre and punchy, The X-Files: Case Files #2 taps into the classic X-Files vibe. Dawson’s writing is top notch, and Casagrande and Califano’s artwork complements the story-line. And, well, gators!