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‘X-Files Conspiracy #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review (The Truth Is in the ‘80s)

Is there anyone else out there that thinks the title for IDW’s latest spin-offer series, The X-Files: Conspiracy, is a tad redundant?  I mean, doesn’t the whole concept of the franchise revolve around conspiracy theories, or am I making a big deal out of nothing?

If you guessed the later, you’d probably be correct, but these are the things I think about in my spare time, and as you can probably tell by now, I have way too much of it.  Regardless of the repetitive nature of the title, I was still enthusiastically excited (two can play at that game) upon hearing about IDW’s plan to crossover their new property of the X-Files with all things I loved – and continue to obsess about – from my childhood.

The centerpiece of the series, for the first issue anyways, revolves around John Byers, Melvin Frohike, and Richard “Ringo” Langly, who are the notorious and much revived three members of the underground group called the Lone Gunman.  The ragtag group of hackers, who were beloved for the “tech support” and intel they provided to special agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, have just been provided with some news headlines from the future that originated from the Cern Nuclear Research Center in Switzerland.

It doesn’t take long for these new stories to become intertwined into Mulder and Scully’s latest case which involves a virus that turns everyone into the lead character of the Hellraiser films.  The headlines from the future also happen to link some familiar faces, which include a group of ghost catchers, mutant turtles, and aliens that transform into vehicles and other essential home appliances.

Of course, these groups just so happen to be the Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Transformers, all of which happen to be IDW properties.  Coincidence?  I think not.  This first issue doesn’t incorporate any of those franchises just yet, as the foundation of the story is first being laid out for now.  Subsequent issues will be released on a weekly basis that will explore and unfold the conspiracy as it relates to each of the popular franchises.

As of now, the concept seems a little out there and potentially far fetched, but seeing as IDW has found a way to combine my favorite TV series with my most beloved movie and my two favorite toy lines of all time, I’m willing to cut them slack and see this out until the final frame of the mini-series.  They could release books with blank pages inside, because, as far as I’m concerned, just owning the cover art for this epic crossover is worth its weight in gold.

Now, if they could only figure out a way to get Mulder and Scully traveling at 88 mph in a certain time-travelling DeLorean, my eyes might officially roll back into my head as I suffer from a personal geek coma.  The truth is out there, and thanks to IDW, the “there” is the '80s.