Review: Aliens/Vampirella

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Two iconic horror franchises collide, as Vampirella – the fan-favorite supernatural heroine – faces the most nightmarish creatures ever to appear in cinema: the Xenomorphs from Alien! As the first human colony on Mars digs deeper into the crimson soil, they discover the catacombs of a hibernating civilization, tens of thousands of years old. The evidence suggests that they are Nosferatu, an ancient and sinister species that Vampirella is all too familiar with. Called to the Red Planet to investigate, the monster hunter and her human allies find a chamber with hundreds of ellipsoidal, leathery eggs… and after they hatch, the true horror begins. In space, no one can hear Vampirella scream!

Aliens/Vampirella is a surprising blend of characters to pit against each other. The underground martian city built by the Nosferatu is an oddly brilliant choice to add to it all especially as the comic reveals how the Nosferatu got to Mars, and why they left earth. Unfortunately, there’s something else that’s unexpected, a Xenomorph egg. That is the beginning of the end for their civilization. Yet in a way, it’s the beginning of this tale, as humanity discovers their city and the cycle is repeated.

Much to my surprise, the art is more science fiction influenced than the horror I expected given the two title characters. Which oddly works well, given the nature of the story. You don’t see much of the martian landscape, which is a slight shame I think. Between the Nosferatu and humanity, the changes would make for an interesting sight. Setting that aside, the action is well drawn, and doesn’t skimp on the blood.

Story: Corinna Bechko Art: Javier Garcia-Miranda
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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