Lone Gunfans, our adventure with the boys continues. Our story so far, the Gunmen received a tip about a lethal plague from someone or something in the future, only to find out from Mulder and Scully that the initial outbreak has already begun. The Gunmen set out to investigate the origins of the disease and along the way cross paths with the Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and the Crow in their quest for the truth.
When we last saw the Lone Gunmen in X-Files: Conspiracy: Transformers, they had found out that the virus was genetically engineered by Skylogic Systems, in part from Transformer blood, and were about to start off for the CDC to deliver some in the hopes of finding a cure. Menacing figures in black surrounded the hotel they were in, and it looked like the trio was in serious trouble. The opening panels of X-Files: Conspiracy: The Crow confirm that—the Gunmen van, being pursued by a black car with federal plates, rushes by a state trooper patrol car. The troopers, a man and woman who are apparently partners out of uniform, too, become a central part of the story. (Those familiar with The Crow will guess how; I won’t spoil it for the rest of you.) However, although the male trooper saves the Gunmen from their attackers, the clues about the deadly virus from the future are alarming—it will apparently reach epidemic proportions within a week.
That’s where the issue closes, leaving a whole lot of loose ends to tie up in X-Files: Conspiracy #2. And yet, I have faith that everything will get tied up, as there have been some expertly sown seeds and clever reminders to give readers of a sense of continuity throughout the series. I have to give a lot of credit to the writers, as even now I don’t feel like I know the ending of the story, which is great. I hate stories where I can see the conclusion coming a mile away.
As I mentioned in my review of X-Files: Conspiracy: Transformers, I love how the art changes from issue to issue as we’re immersed in a new world. For The Crow, the color palette is largely made of up muted oranges, greens, and greys, and the panels have a really stripped down feel to them that gives the book a great otherworldly feel. And while I’ve loved the inside tabloid covers that introduce all the issues in the series, this one has a special place in my heart as a Whovian: one of the headlines reads “Don’t Blink—Statues Come Alive in New York Cemetery” over a picture of a classic Weeping Angel image.
Little details like those have made this series a fantastic read, and was not disappointed with X-Files: Conspiracy: The Crow. I’m giving this one a solid 4.5 Lightning Bolts.
Here’s a short preview, courtesy of IDW:
X-files Conspiracy The Crow #1
Writer: Tipton, Denton J.
Artist: Malhotra, Vic
Cover Artist: Kim, Miran
On Sale: March 12, 2014
Diamond Id: JAN140438