Title: The X-Files: Case Files—Hoot Goes There? #1 (of 2)
Writer: Joe R. Lansdale, Keith Lansdale
Artist/Cover: Silvia Califano
Publication Date: July 18, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “For 25 years, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have been shining their ash- lights into the shadows, searching for the truth. To celebrate this anniversary, IDW Publishing proudly presents The X-Files: Case Files! Under this banner, faithful fans will see the release of numerous micro-series, featuring stories that explore X-Files of the past and present by top talent from comics and prose! This second offering comes from legendary author Joe R. Lansdale, Keith Lansdale, and artist Silvia Califano. In “Hoot Goes There?”, Scully and Mulder find themselves on the road again, this time to a small East Texas town to investigate the disappearance of a woman said to have been carried away by a creature fitting the description of a harpy from Greek myth. But things only get stranger from there…”
Agents Mulder and Scully are in east Texas this issue and are on the hunt for…an owl? The pair are drawn into another case when a woman goes missing at night. The only eye witness claims to have seen a giant owl abduct the woman, but something just doesn’t seem right. Just as you think the case couldn’t get any stranger, Mulder gets a surprise visit from a very strange character. What’s next for this dynamic duo? I guess we’ll find out in issue #2.
Mulder and Scully rarely disappoint, and this issue is no exception. Lansdale & Lansdale craft an interesting story, complete with bizarre, small town supporting cast, and a mysterious owl-like perpetrator. In typical X-Files fashion, however, the strangest elements are yet to come. The pair have only seen the tip of the iceberg in this case, though Mulder gets a sneak peak at the end of the issue. Throughout the issue, Lansdale & Lansdale use that well known Mulder and Scully banter, keeping the readers grounded in that original X-Files magic. But it’s the art that really creates the atmosphere of the issue.
From giant rodents to snakes to Mr. Sack’s collection of empty cans to the not-so-cozy trailer park, Califano’s art crafts the world of Muddy River, Texas beyond Lansdale & Lansdale’s words. Using moody colors and detailed images, Califano sets the tone for the issue, a bit muddy, like the town’s name implies.
The Bottom Line:
Lansdale & Lansdale create an interesting case for Agents Mulder and Scully. Tapping into the elements of the Texas setting both Lansdale & Lansdale and Califano pack the issue with loads of local color, rounding out another terrific issue.