X-Files heads back to the 1940s with intriguing new prequel comic Year Zero

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Apr 21, 2014, 6:11 PM EDT (Updated)

While we patiently wait for any news on a third X-Files film, but the universe is still alive and well in comic-book form. Next up: An intriguing prequel series set in the 1940s.

An ongoing 10th-season comic run of the series was launched in 2013 by IDW, produced by series creator Chris Carter, and now the writers are eyeing a prequel series that will follow the X-Files division in the 1940s.

The five-part series, Year Zero, will be written by Karl Kesel, along with artists Vic Malhotra and Greg Scott, and dig into the founding of the FBI’s original paranormal investigations unit that pre-dated Mulder and Scully’s little office we all know and love.

The comic will find modern-day Mulder and Scully investigating a case that dates back to the era in question, allowing the writers to tell the tale of the partners’ precursors, Bing Ellinson and Millie Ohio. The case connects with a mysterious charter named Mr. Xero, who is eerily similar to an informant encountered in the past by the previous team.

Here’s what Kesel had to say about the project, after it was announced this past weekend at WonderCon:

"I've always thought the '40s would be a wonderful setting for X-Files, with the Russian red menace, atomic mutations and flying saucers all lurking in the shadows - what I like to think of as 'UFO Noir’.

Of course, iconic characters like Mulder and Scully are a joy to write, and being given the opportunity to introduce their predecessors - Bing Ellinson and Millie Ohio - well, the truth is it's all a little unbelievable to me. But the unbelievable is what X-Files is all about, isn't it?”

This is an interesting offshoot for the franchise, and the 1940s are definitely ripe for exploration through the lens of the X-Files. Of course, we’d still prefer a big-screen sequel or miniseries, but we’ll take what we can get.

The first issue of Year Zero is set to debut in July.

(Via Digital Spy)

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