The Next X-Files Comic Is Tackling JFK's Assassination

Image: IDW. The X-Files: JFK Disclosure #1 Art by Menton3.
Image: IDW. The X-Files: JFK Disclosure #1 Art by Menton3.

For years, The X-Files has trawled the dark, weird world of conspiracy theories for stories—but its latest comic is going to be tackling one of the biggest and wildest slate of theories in the world: the conspiracies surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy in November 1963.

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While there are oodles of bizarro theories about that fateful November afternoon, X-Files: JFK Disclosure—a two-part special written by Denton J. Tipton, with art by Menton3—will take its own strange slant, thrusting none other that true believer Fox Mulder himself into the heart of the real truth behind Kennedy’s death. Which, in true X-Files fashion, pins that conspiracy to the one to cover up another death; that of Mulder’s father, Bill. With no one left to turn to, Mulder finds himself on a dangerous path that sees him have to decide whether his belief in his father or his belief in the truth is more important to him.

Connected covers for issues 1 and 2 of JFK disclosure by J.J. Lendl.
Connected covers for issues 1 and 2 of JFK disclosure by J.J. Lendl.
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Of course JFK’s assassination has come up in The X-Files before. Various conspiracy theories have been mentioned on the show and, of course, there was the possibility presented in “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.” In that episode, it was postulated that the smoke-surrounded villain had committed the crime from a sewer and used Lee Harvey Oswald as a patsy. We’ll see how much of that makes it to the comic. The Cigarette Smoking Man did work with Bill Mulder, after all.

Although the series is delving into X-Files mythology for its JFK theories, JFK Disclosure does have one way to tie into the real world conspiracies surrounding the assassination: it’s being released to tie-into the public release of the final batch of sealed government files related to Kennedy’s death due this October. “Though more than 50 years have passed, the JFK assassination continues to be a popular topic of conversation among all walks of life,” series writer Denton Tipton said in a statement provided to io9. “Now the most popular FBI agents of all time will dive headlong into the greatest conspiracy of the 20th century, just as new facts are about to come to light in the real world. That is unless they are suppressed once again…”

 The X-Files: JFK Disclosure #1 cover art by Menton3.
The X-Files: JFK Disclosure #1 cover art by Menton3.

The X-Files: JFK Disclosure is set to begin October 25, a day before the 25-year statute on the 1992 JFK Records Act—which demanded all files related to Kennedy’s assassination be made public within 25 years—is set to end. Insert your best X-Files theme impression here!

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JFK’s assassination came about through a national security directive. It was created as a trip wire before Allen Dulles left office in the event the White House tried to regain control over the secrets connected to the UFO matter, which JFK set off on November 12, 1963 as documents since released have revealed.
Many people opposed JFK and dreaded the left Democrat policies his family represented, but it took a national security directive to enlist cooperation from the many government agencies involved to make the operation a success that could so long — perhaps forever — protect the instigators.