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'X-Files' comic crossover will have agents investigating Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters

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The X-Files
The X-Files

When The X-Files went off the air in 2002 after nine seasons, fans were left with a lingering question: what role did Optimus Prime play in any of this? The answers may become clear in The X-Files: Conspiracy, a forthcoming comic book from IDW Publishing that will find FBI agents Mulder and Scully crossing paths with some of the biggest nostalgia acts of the 1980s and '90s : the Transformers, the Ghostbusters, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Crow.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot focuses on "a potential plague apparently set to destroy humanity in the near future." Mulder and Scully team up with the Lone Gunmen to investigate, and somehow an entire Saturday morning cartoon lineup enters into the picture.

This is apparently the fourth such fan-service cash-in from IDW, having previously introduced such pairings as G.I. Joe and Star Trek, and Mars Attacks with Popeye. The comic is set to come out next year. If it's successful, look for a crew of Thundercats to enter the Saved By the Bell universe sometime soon.