Review: Millennium #3

Millenium02_cvr_b2fbMillennium #3

Writer: Joe Harris
Art: Colin Lorimer
Colors: Joana Lafeuente
Cover: menton3

Publisher: IDW
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: 1st April 2015

Quote: “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” –Frederick Douglas

Review: Millennium #3 pops out onto the newsstands a little under the monthly publication schedule due to the delays on the release of #2. I doubt fans will grumble about this short break between episodes as IDW Publishing’s Millennium comic-book hits the story mid-way mark.

Writer Joe Harris bridges that transmedia gap between moving image and framed narrative once more, deploying a Carter genre favourite, the media res technique; opening the story midway through before winding back to preceding events. For a show that was visually motivated, these techniques help capture the pacing and familarity of Millennium. As before, and as it should be for Millennium, the dialogue is relatively stripped back, letting the visuals lead the story. Where dialogue is thick, it is relevant, and there’s very much a feeling that Frank Black hasn’t lost that tension he acquired in the show’s final season. The story expands on the Millennium universe without feeling its muddied in past waters; you don’t need to know the entire mythology to follow the plot, but that mythology, particularly the Legion and Group aspects, are very much present and moving forward – not backwards.

Colin Lorimer does a solid job maintaining the atmosphere of the show’s cinematography. Joana Lafeuente’s colour pallettes as before reflect the show’s thoughtfulness, enjoying a very cinematic teal and gold approach.  On a personal note, I purchased the digital version of this comic, which I would whole heartedly recommend for the Millennium and The X-Files comic books. The animated panel sequencing, common in digital comic-book platforms, lends to the slower, thoughtful pace of Carter’s worlds that the casual eye fails to mimic.

The question, of course, is does Harris’ Millennium move Millennium on? As a campaign, we’ve always advocated that as the show focused on the anxiety born as the millennium approached, a new Millennium could be about the realisation of those very fears. It seems so far that Joe Harris is working along the same line of reasoning.

With this issue re-introducing a very familiar face to the series (or perhaps unfamiliar, given the time that has passed), fans can look forward to more returning Millennium aspects, however the Past never stops this comic series’ forward momentum.

Further Reading: Chris Carter, Lance Henriksen, and Frank Spotnitz lead the way as the cast and crew of Millennium reflect upon the series and consider the need for its return in Back to Frank Black, available in hardcover, paperback, and electronic editions from Fourth Horseman Press.

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