IDW had the unenviable task this year of closing out a monumental Emerald City Con. They seemed eager, though, happy to finally have an opportunity to show off story details on their upcoming projects, from the 3-title GI Joe relaunch, to the return of THUNDER Agents, and even the My Little Pony Treasury Edition, featuring all 48 variant covers in black & white format.
By far, their two biggest announcements came in the form of a pair of beloved mid-90's franchises, brought back to their waiting audiences.
First is the return of Cartoon Network's many beloved cartoons. Power Puff Girls will be the first, already solicited to retailers, soon to hit stands and redefine the trio of superpowered triplets. Confirmed to come soon after will be Ben 10, and the sorely missed Samurai Jack, back to finally finish his time-jumping battle against the villainous Aku.
More details were finally divulged about the forthcoming X-Files relaunch as well. In the style of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this comic will progress from where the TV series left off, and is being billed as Season 10. The series will be written by Joe Harris, and drawn by Mike Walsh.
The first arc, beginning in June, will seek to bring the mythology of the Alien Conspiracy back up to date in a more paranoid, post-terror, post-wikileaks society, pulling in many story threads from the original series. The opening story will focus on bringing Mulder and Scully back to Agent status, as individuals associated with the X-Files are mysteriously killed one by one, forcing the two to come together again for their own protection, and for that of their friends and loved ones. Future stories will continue the mythos, as well as dropping in plenty of monster of the week stories.
Perhaps the best news is that series creator Chris Carter remains as part of the creative team, guiding Harris from an editorial standpoint, making sure everything fits into the established canon. Thus far, he reports that the current scripts for the issues are perfect, and fit right into the show's history.
IDW will also be re-releasing the Topps and Wildstorm X-files books of past years in a TPB series.
Mark adds: IDW has elaborated on the X-Files news with the following:
THE X-FILES: SEASON 10 will be written by Joe Harris, writer of the acclaimed series Great Pacific, with art and colors by the Comeback team of artist Michael Walsh and colorist Jordie Bellaire. Issue #1 will feature covers by Dave Johnson, Joe Corroney, and Carlos Valenzuela, along with a classic photo image of Mulder and Scully.
"It was already an incredibly exciting prospect to tell stories set after the second THE X-FILES movie, especially after Joe Harris worked up such a great plan in that regard," said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. "But my excitement level went off the charts after a meeting with Chris Carter, where he agreed to come aboard and executive produce our Season 10. In much the same way Joss Whedon steered our Angel: After the Fall series, Chris has graciously returned to do the same here. What do THE X-FILES look like in this increasingly paranoid and untrusting post-Wikileaks era? Well, they look like canon to me… and come June, the rest of the world will be able to see it for themselves, too."
In the opening story arc, "Believers," readers will catch up with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, living normal lives together under secret identities. However, a visit from an old friend threatens to rip them from suburban anonymity, as they learn that someone is preying upon everyone involved in THE X-FILES. Prepare to revisit familiar faces—some very unexpected, threats old and new, and an intriguing mystery designed to return the beloved franchise to its former glory!