The truth is out there, again: <i>The X-Files</i> returning to comics

Mulder and Scully are returning to comics in June with a new X-Files series from IDW Publishing.

Airing from 1993 to 2002 on Fox, The X-Files helped to define pre-millennium paranoia television as FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigated cases involving paranormal phenomena ranging from alien abductions to bizarre murders, many tied to byzantine government conspiracies.

Although the series ran for nine seasons (the last few of which are largely forgettable), it was never a ratings powerhouse: It reached its peek of popularity with Season 5, averaging 19.8 million viewers. Still, it spawned two feature films, inspired countless subsequent dramas -- from The Burning Zone and Dark Skies to Fringe and Supernatural -- and spun off comics series at Topps and Wildstorm. The characters last appeared in the 2009 Wildstorm/IDW crossover 30 Days of Night/The X-Files.

As part of its deal with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, IDW will publish collections of those X-Files comics released between 1995 and 2009.

"Few shows have captured the zeitgeist and fans' imaginations like The X-Files, and fewer shows still have left people hungry for more in the way this one did," IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall said in a statement. "Our new series will be picking up where the second film left off, which will hopefully be as exciting for fans to read as it is for us to develop."

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