Review – X-Files X-MAS Special 2016

  • Writer: Joe Harris
  • Artist: Wayne Nichols
  • Colorist: Sebastian Cheng
  • Letterers: Chirs Mowry & Tom B. Long
  • Publisher: IDW Comics
  • Release Date: December 21, 2016


X-Files X-Mas Special 2016 Cover by Menton3

Okay so I fell off the IDW’s X-Files comic a few years ago, not that it was not good or anything just something had to be dropped and that was it. I am a huge fan of The X-Files television series and one of my holiday traditions is to watch The X-Files season 6 episode 6 “How the Ghost Stole Christmas“, So I decided why not just jump in and see what The X-Files X-MAS Special 2016 has to offer! 

There is a new school music teacher in town and she is directing the Christmas Pageant (Non-Denominational Holiday Festival). Mulder and Scully have been invited to attend while shopping! The kids are singing very weird Christmas carols and holding a bright star above their heads! Mulder being the “Scrooge” is working through Christmas and declines to go with Scully. With a visit from three ghosts on Christmas Eve Mulder finds out the truth! Can Mulder save the Christmas pageant and learn to love the Holidays! 

Joe Harris really has these X-Files characters down pat. This issue really felt like a “Monster of the Week” episode from the regular series. He gets Mulder and Scully’s voices and it really feels like them talking. The other characters that pop up are great as well and setting it up like Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol makes for a fun fit in the X-Files lore. The main villain is a little vague on the whole purpose or exactly what “it” is doing but it fits into the story so I will give it a bit of a pass.


Wayne Nichols has the always tough duty of having to draw actual people/actors from a licensed property. This is always a tough task you need the characters to look like that actor but you also don’t want something that’s photo realistic or gets too detailed to throw off the artist own style. Mulder and Scully look just like on the show but in comic book form but it fits well with the comic as they are not super detailed. Nichols art I feel fairs better when he is drawing the ghost that comes and visit Mulder. His style seems to fit that more cartoony aspect he puts into them than the more realistic counterparts. Cheng also does some great color work on the ghost and all of the holiday-themed material. The art is good overall, it’s a little stagnate when the action starts and some of the characters head position/ body portion is questionable in some scenes, but overall it serves the book well. 


If you are a fan of The X-Files and what a Christmas story to read then this will be a great book for you. You don’t have to worry about knowing what is happening in the ongoing comic series. As long as you are familiar with the show you can jump right in. This was a fun holiday one-shot that plays well within the X-Files universe.

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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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