I’m just now finally getting around to reading the first issue of Dead Orbit, the new Alien series. Actually I’m just now chipping away at my growing pile of unread comics as I try to play catch-up amidst a rather busy month. But enough about me – let’s talk Aliens.
First of all – I’m a huge fan of the Aliens franchise. Huge fan. Like I’m the guy who loved Prometheus. And I even watch all those terrible mockbusters put out by the likes of The Asylum and so on. So it may go without saying that I’m a bit biased when it comes to Aliens comics.
Having said that… holy shit. First of all have you seen the art in Dead Orbit? It’s gorgeous. So detailed. So dark. It really fits the tone well. The writing here is solid, and it’s clear that (at least for now) Dead Orbit is going for a more slow-burn horror than say the sort of Aliens Vs Marines stuff you might so often see with the franchise.
Anyway, it IS a slow burn so don’t expect to even see a Xenomorph show up for a while. But it’s definitely a nice setup and I’ll be keeping my eye on the series.
Shit just got real.
So some space pirates made the mistake of invading our little rogue ship. Guess what Zula’s plan is? She lets the baby Xenomorph loose while the tiny crew takes cover. Except that baby has grown. It’s now huge and ready to hunt. And we get pages of space pirates getting ripped to shreds.
Now that the pirates are taken care of, though… well now there’s a big Xeno on board the ship free to roam as it pleases. So it’s time to head back to Earth.
After being blown away by issue #7, this one wasn’t as great. It was actually a bit confusing the way it was paced. Basically our small crew is in some serious danger just kind of floating along – and with a toxic leak in the ship. There was a little bit of excitement, but if I understood properly it was a nightmare. Like I said, this issue got a little confusing. The ending was interesting though. It at least sounds like the next issue will be more exciting.
Holy wow. This was a great comic book.
As a huge fan of the Alien (and Predator) franchises, I have long felt a bit embarrassed to say I hadn’t really delved into the comics. I’ve meant to for years. Even before I was heavily back into reading comics I was interested in those because I just love the Alien universe so much.
I decided to pick up issue #7 of Aliens: Defiance because I knew it was the start of a new story. So it seemed like a good jumping on point. I was right.
Following the fallout of a huge Xeno/Colonial Marine massacre, we find three survivors on a ship – Zula Hendricks (a marine), Dr. Hollis (a biologist), and Davis… a robo-marine. And apparently Hollis has a baby Xeno inside of her. But they decide to cut it out alive so they can freeze it and study it. And they show you that entire process, which is brutal.
The art is amazing. The tone is bleak. The storytelling is heavy but not in a bad way. Honestly, this is the kind of stuff I want to see in Alien movies. And I’ll definitely keep reading this series.