Aright so this trade paperback was a mixed bag for me.
First up is the three-issue mini-series of Batman/Aliens. This was pretty decent. It involves Batman going off to investigate a missing person and getting involved with some mercs out in the jungle. And wouldn’t you know it? Xenomorphs show up! It was kind of weird for me to have Batman in this setting, but the story was alright. I especially liked a nightmare sequence where Bruce saw his parents killed by aliens. And the art was really nice.
Then there was a Batman/Aliens II mini-series and it started off good. It takes place in Gotham, and that’s awesome. Like the idea of Xenomorphs running around Gotham? The art was also really cool in this one. But as it went on it got a bit sillier. A trip to Arkham Asylum could’ve been great but turned really dumb when the plot turned to Gotham villains’ DNA being used to create hybrid Xenomorphs. Picture a Two-Face or Joker Xenomorph… yup, stupid.
Then there was a Superman And Batman Vs. Aliens and Predator which I didn’t care for much. It was mostly about Supes and Bats trying to SAVE a lost tribe of Predators (so why is it just singular “Predator” in the title?). The art was so lifeless and the dialogue super stiff. Not into this one.
Finally was a WildCATs/Aliens one-shot which kind of felt out of place here. And the story really bored me. So basically it was just the first half of this book that I liked, but even then it was just so-so with mostly just the art that kept me into it at all.
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.