Monday, February 25, 2008

Rating : 2.0/5
Number of Pages : 128
Reason for Reading : I needed a book beginning with X from the library for the A-Z Challenge and it was either this or a Xena graphic novel

A graphic novel spin-off from the hit television series. Made up of four different stories and cases for Agents Mulder and Scully to investigate.

Surrounded - The Agents are called in to investigate a suspicious death at a compound of anti government militists. The body has been skinned and it turns out to have been mutant dust mites from a failed scientific experiement by one of the house mates. He makes it away safely at the end carrying a sample of the mites with him.
Crop Duster - A strange tale about little green frog men that only one person seems to be able to see. He was part of a secret project called Crop Duster making chemicals to spray on people modulating their behaviour. There is a twist at the end involving his abused wife and the chief of police.
Soma - The best tale in the set by far about a series of Indian women found to have died by spontaneous human combustion with traces of the mushroom Amanita Muscaria (the red one with spots on that Alice sat on with the caterpiller which is poinsonous and causes hallucinations). It turns out to be a cremated husband looking for his wife who feld to America after not having enough faith to join her husbands funeral pyre.
Skybuster - Massive flocks of ravens are killing the employees of HAARP which is an organisation destroying the environment producing mutant animals and trying to control peoples minds. The ravens are linked by a Native American tale where they created the world and humans, gaining revenge for them now destroying what they created.

Not a very good read, more for die hard fans of the series only. I felt the stories were too short and under developed although Soma had some good ideas and artwork.