X-Files Origins continues in Dog Days of Summer
Writer – Jody Houser & Matthew Dow Smith
Artist – Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell
Colors – Monica Kubina
Publisher – IDW
Young Mulder and Scully are back and fill that Stranger Things hole we all have in our hearts.
Dog days of Summer #1 takes place a week after the events of the last series. Jody again scripts Mulder’s adventure giving him an all new mystery that molds him into the man we know he is.
Like all comics this starts with a recap page however, Jody has used it to give an insight to Mulder’s mood and his thought on current events. This proceeds nicely into the main event that is paced effectively.
The pacing of Mulder’s story is well balanced as there are times the issue needs to slow down from the high-speed action. Jody does this with ease giving an issue that knows where it is going and what time it will get there.
There is a tonal shift between Mulder’s and Scully’s stories as Mulder’s is lighter in tone. Thus, it differentiates the stories of the book and highlights their personalities.
Scully’s issue scripted by Matthew is more of a character story. He spends most of the issue exploring the way Scully thinks and her faith. Religion is a big part of Scully when we were first introduced to her & Smith delves deeper into her faith.
The whole issue pacing is great as it runs on a steady beat that allows the issue to flow naturally. Matthew does a great job at giving Scully’s story a sense of isolation. This highlights Scully’s feelings but also place in this town.
The dialogue for both stories are perfect as they illustrate traits we know them to have while also making them sound like kids.
Chris does the art for Mulder and it is wonderful the slick line work brings the youthfulness of Mulder to life and creates fun stylized art. Mulder’s story is the lighter of the two with their tones and Chris’ art emulates that. The posing can be dynamic when needed with an attention to emotion. The emotions are spot on.
The colors art bold and work with not only the art but also the tone. The block coloring stands out, giving it a late 70’s early 80’s vibes.
Corin Howell provides the art for Scully’s story bringing their own unique style. Corin’s art use of solid blacks adds more tone and gives the art a more adult vibe compared to Chris’. This works with the story Matthew is telling.
Howell’s ability to capture characters’ emotions is amazing as they add to the story.
Monica Kubina provides the colors for Scully’s story. They are fantastic and work perfectly with Corin’s art. The colors are toned down but work with Howell’s art. They also add a more mature tone.
This is a brilliant return to Mulder & Scully’s origins. Jody and Matthew have written fun adventures that offer so many mysteries. This is a perfect comic for new & old fans of the X-files or anyone looking for a fun Stranger Things-esque story.