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The X-Files (Topps) #40 – Devil’s Advocate (Review)

This May and June, we’re taking a trip back in time to review the fifth season of The X-Files and the second season of Millennium.

Devil’s Advocate is a perfectly serviceable comic.

Its most distinguishing feature is the fact that it was not written by John Rozum, even though the art is provided by Alex Saviuk. This is not the first time that Rozum had taken a break from the monthly title. Writer Kevin J. Anderson had substituted in for Family Portrait, providing a quick two-issue fill-in rather early in the run. Here, executive editor Dwight Jon Zimmerman steps in to script the issue, possibly freeing up Rozum to finish work on the adaptation of The X-Files: Fight the Future that Topps planned to publish to mark the release of the film.

Ghosts in the machine...

Ghosts in the machine…

Dwight Jon Zimmerman was an industry veteran. He had worked at Marvel during the late eighties, writing for characters like Spider-Man and Wolverine. He joined Topps when they announced their plan to expand into the world of comic book publishing. Zimmerman worked as both an executive editor and as a writer. He worked on the company’s Mars Attacks! line. He also wrote Once Upon a Time…, the illustrated biography of Princess Diana that was published by the company in 1997.

Zimmerman’s interests tend towards the military. He has written articles on American military history for American Heritage, the Naval Institute Press, and Vietnam Magazine. He served as President of the Military Writers’ Society of America. As such, it is no surprise that Devil’s Advocate plays to those strengths. It is an old-fashioned “military cover-up” story, with little to distinguish or define it from dozens of similar stories told using these characters over years and years.

"This is why we should go rafting in the daytime, Scully."

“This is why we should go rafting in the daytime, Scully.”

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