Despite not only abandoning X-Files, and watching the later seasons only recently, I considered myself a fan long after I stopped watching. A disappointed fan. I read an article in the newspaper that I don't think I'll ever forget about the finale, that was describing watching the ending like being forced to put a beloved animal - a dog in this case - to sleep after a long bout of a very painful disease. You're sad to see it go, but on the other hand glad the pain will finally be over for everyone.
And while I laughed, this justified my decision to stop watching, something I'd had doubts about before. Would I be considered a fan even after jumping ship? I didn't buy any of the merchandise or books or really trust anything set in the later seasons, or advertising them. But I still adored, even idolized the earlier seasons. And something fell into place reading that review: I was still a fan, even if no one but me knew that fact.
When the Humble Bundle for The X-Files popped up, I bought it twice, once for me, and once for a friend. I didn't hesitate to buy it for her even before reading anything from this, and as it happened, I wouldn't read anything until much later.
I regret this now. The X-Files's tenth season was amazing, and I've said it for Buffy and Angel and I'll say it here: I love that TV shows that are too expensive to continue filming have a new life in comics. It blends my fandom love, me desire for new material from my favorite fandoms, and my love of comics. And when the creators - like Chris Carter and Joss Whedon - are so invested in their creations, they tend to not only get involved in the comics, but ensure they live up the excellent standards they set. I actually don't know how involved Carter was in the X-Files and am assuming based on the quality of the post-TV Buffy seasons and how involved Whedon was with them. Maybe he wasn't involved, but someone who loved The X-Files dearly was, and given that it has so far been the most resonant show that Carter has created himself, I would bet he'd be involved. (I would if I had created a show that I cared deeply about and it was continuing as a comic book series, but I love both TV and comics, so...)
This is a long, rambling intro to say that if you are an X-Files fan this combines the best of the show. The humor, the warmth, the conspiracies, the standalone episodes and a more extended plotline that promises to continue into season eleven. It's all there, and it all fits, and it makes me wonder who's going to be involved further on and what will happen in later seasons. (I never could get it right during the show and I haven't been able to so far in these comics. Just more to love as it keeps me on my toes.)
I'm hoping that season eleven is just as good.