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Hasbro reveals the Nerf LMTD Aliens M41A Pulse Blaster!

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the iconic Aliens film with the Nerf LMTD Aliens M41A Pulse blaster, capturing authentic details inspired by the equipment of the United States Colonial Marine Corps. Imagine yourself travelling to LV-426 to battle waves of Xenomorphs from this legendary film. The Nerf LMTD Aliens M4A1 Pulse Blaster launches 2 different kinds of darts so you can adapt your battle strategy against the terrifying Xenomorphs. Fast-blast 10 Elite darts in a row from this fully motorized blaster or launch a Nerf Mega dart with pump-action blasting. Keep an eye on the LCD counter to track how many darts are left in the clip, so you’ll know when it’s time to reload. The M41A Pulse Blaster includes a removable 10-dart Elite dart clip, 10 Nerf Elite foam darts, and 4 Nerf Mega foam darts. Eyewear recommended (not included). Requires 4x 1.5v C alkaline batteries (not included).

The Nerf LMTD Aliens M41A Pulse blaster is now available for pre-order via GameStop and Hasbro Pulse in the US, and EB Games in Canada.

Review: Aliens: Aftermath #1

Aliens: Aftermath

Return to Hadley’s Hope in this special one-shot comic that celebrates 35 years since that deadly event. A group of journalists/revolutionaries discover the hidden moon and head there find out the truth as to what happened to the colony. All records have been wiped out by Weyland-Yutani but things have a way of evolving and becoming deadlier when they’re buried. Aliens: Aftermath adds to the classic science fiction story setting Marvel‘s Alien line of comics up for a wild ride to come.

One of the great successes of Marvel’s Star Wars line of comics is that they’ve been additive to the universe and what has come before. They’ve filled in gaps between stories adding greater depth to characters and fleshed out the world with great characters. So far, Marvel’s Alien comics have taken a similar route delivering a series that is the fine tradition of what has come before and built off of what works best. Aliens: Aftermath, written by Benjamin Percy, does much of the same building off of Aliens to take us back to the doomed colony.

We know generally what happened to Hadley’s Hope at the end of Aliens as Ripley barely escaped with her life. 35 years have passed since that film’s release as well as the events within this comic. Taking place in 2214 a group has been on a mission to screw with the corrupt Weyland-Yutani and find out what happened. Here, they discover that and set things on a path for the chaos to come. The story features generally throwaway characters but it does a good job of tying them into Aliens without it being forced. It also diversifies some of the characters within the Alien world, taking it beyond the usual grunts/military and other victims of Weyland-Yutani. It’s a nice coda to Hadley’s Hope story with some interesting twists that feel like a good piece of the puzzle.

Dave Wachter‘s art is pretty solid capturing the tension of the situation. There’s some good action and the character interactions are good. Christopher Sotomayor‘s colors add a dark but not drab look to it all. The two capture the feel of the world. Arianna Maher‘s lettering adds to the atmosphere playing off the rough communication between teams and members.

Aliens: Aftermath is a good addition to the mythos setting up what’s to come. As a one-shot, the comic feels a bit rushed and packed in and might have benefitted from a second issue to expand upon the characters, their mission, and tension. The issue has some aspects that just aren’t explained enough but are intriguing enough that I want to see what happens next. This is one to read if you’re invested in Marvel’s line of comics but doesn’t quite stand on its own.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Dave Wachter
Color: Christopher Sotomayor Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Aliens Aftermath #1

Aliens Aftermath #1

(W) Ben Percy (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Phil Noto
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $4.99

FOR ALIENS’ 35TH ANNIVERSARY, A RETURN TO HADLEY’S HOPE!
It’s been 35 years since the tragedy of the Hadley’s Hope colony, but what happened to that ill-fated venture has been shrouded in mystery. A renegade crew of investigative journalists are heading towards the moon that Weyland-Yutani has wiped from all records, and they’ll bring back the truth even if it kills them…and what remains in that bombed out site will try to do just that. Benjamin Percy and Dave Wachter imagine a terrifying possible future for LV-426 in this celebration of the 35th Anniversary of one of the most influential science fiction films of all time!

Aliens Aftermath #1

The Batman Who Laughs Soda Figure from Funko, TMNT Mirage Figures from Super7 lead April PREVIEWS Exclusive Collectibles

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced in April the upcoming release of several PREVIEWS Exclusive collectibles. Included in these announcements were The Batman Who Laughs vinyl soda figure from Funko, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage Variant figures from Super7, a new line of Transformers action figures from Icon Heroes, and the latest series of Alien and Predator 1/18 scale figures from Hiya Toys.

The Batman Who Laughs, the breakout star of DC Comic’s Dark Multiverse, joins the ranks of one of Funko’s newest and most popular collectible lines as a PREVIEWS Exclusive vinyl soda figure. The Vinyl Soda packaging looks like a can of soda pop, but inside the can is a limited edition 4-1/4” tall vinyl figure of the toxin-corrupted Batman Who Laughs, along with a collectible disc. A chase variant of this figure is also available. The PREVIEWS Exclusive Vinyl Soda: Batman Who Laughs Vinyl Figure (AUG208757; SRP: $13.99) has an expected release date of June 30, 2021 and will be limited to 10,000 pieces.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage Variant Figure 4 Piece Set (NOV208913; SRP: $74.99) from Super7 features the Turtles as they appeared in the original Mirage comic by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. These comic-accurate 3 3/4″ scale retro-style Turtles feature 5 points of articulation and come individually packaged on illustrated backing cards featuring classic comic art on both front and back. The TMNT Mirage Variant Figure 4 Piece Set has an expected release date of September 29, 2021.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage Variant Figure 4 Piece Set

Icon Heroes has introduced an all-new line of PREVIEWS Exclusive Transformers collectibles. This new line features a Grimlock Red Sword Letter Opener, based on Grimlock’s Generation One appearance (FEB219262; SRP: $30.00), Transformers: Matrix of Leadership Bookend, based on the Transformers: Generation One animated series and movie (FEB219263; SRP: $70.00), and the Transformers: Soundwave Bust Resin Card Holder, perfect for displaying business cards (FEB219268; SRP: $60.00). The Grimlock Red Sword Letter Opener has an expected release date of October 27, 2021, while the Matrix of Leadership Bookend and the Soundwave Card Holder are expected to release in the first quarter of 2022.

The latest round of PREVIEWS Exclusive 1/18 scale figures from Hiya Toys consist of signature items like the Alien vs. Predator Invisible Chopper Predator, complete with clear molding and extended wristblades (MAR218437; SRP: $19.99), Ripley in her iconic white space suit worn during the closing scenes of Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien (MAR218436; SRP: $19.99), the Lead Alien Warrior, the Cloned Queen’s most loyal and valued servant (MAR218435; SRP: $19.99), and the Predator Hounds, Chimeric canines created through hybridization techniques (MAR218438; SRP: $19.99) All four exclusives from Hiya Toys have an expected release date of February 23, 2022.

Marvel Celebrates 35 years of Aliens with Aliens: Aftermath #1 by Benjamin Percy and Dave Wachter

This July, Marvel will honor the 35th Anniversary of Aliens with a special one-shot by writer Benjamin Percy and artist Dave Wachter. Celebrating one of the most influential science-fiction films of all time, Aliens: Aftermath #1 will be a double-sized issue featuring an all-new story set in the same terrifying universe of Aliens. The action will take place at Hadley’s Hope and present a terrifying possible future for LV-426, the location of the groundbreaking 1986 film.

It’s been 35 years since the tragedy of the Hadley’s Hope colony, but what happened during that ill-fated venture has been shrouded in mystery. A renegade crew of investigative journalists are heading towards the moon that Weyland-Yutani has wiped from all records, and they’ll bring back the truth even if it kills them…and what remains in that bombed-out site will try to do just that.

Check out Phil Noto’s cover below and pick up Aliens: Aftermath #1 when it hits stands on July 14th!

Aliens: Aftermath #1

Explore More Sci-fi Terror with Aliens: The Original Years Omnibus Vol. 2

The classic comic book tales set in the iconic—and terrifying—world of the Alien franchise are being collected in brand-new hardcover collection starting in April with Aliens Omnibus Vol. 1. And in August, fans of the iconic franchise can enjoy even more of these thrilling comic book stories with Aliens: The Original Years Omnibus Vol. 2.

A rogue scientist’s genetic experiments create a horrific new alien king! A ragtag unit of Colonial Marines battles a xenomorph infestation on a space station — and the survivors face a pack of bizarre hybrids! An investigator must solve a murder on a deep-space alien-research station! But what dread music will a deranged composer make with an alien’s screams? And can a synthetic xenomorph rebel against its sadistic creator? Plus: Flash back to an alien attack in the 1950s! And witness the fate of England as aliens overrun the Earth! This rare collection includes: Aliens: Rogue #1-4, Aliens: Colonial Marines #1-10, Aliens: Labyrinth #1-4, Aliens: Salvation, Aliens: Music of the Spears #1-4, and Aliens: Stronghold #1-4 — plus material from Dark Horse Comics #3-5, #11-13 and #15-19; PREVIEWS (1993) #1-12; PREVIEWS (1994) #1; and Aliens Magazine (1992) #9-20.

Writers include Ian Edginton, Chris Warner, Kelly Puckett, Paul Guinan, Dan Jolley, Jim Woodring, Dave Gibbons, Chet Williamson, John Arcudi, Sarah Byam, John Byrne, Peter Milligan, Michael Cook, and more. Artists include Will Simpson, Paul Guinan, Tony Atkins, Allen Nunis, John Nadeau, Kilian Plunkett, Mike Mignola, Tim Hamilton, Doug Mahnke, David Roach, Mark A. Nelson, Paul Mendoza, John Byrne, Paul Johnson, and Christian Gorny.

Check out the all-new cover by Mahmud Asrar as well as the exclusive direct market variant cover by Paul Mendoza and be sure to pick up this must-have collection when Aliens: The Original Years Omnibus Vol. 2 hits shops in August 2021!

Marvel Begins to Collect Dark Horse’s Aliens Comics in April

The classic comic book tales set in the iconic—and terrifying—world of the Alien franchise will be collected next April in Aliens Omnibus Volume 1! Following the debut of the landmark film in 1979, the groundbreaking Alien franchise took the comic book world by storm with thrilling comic book series that both featured classic characters from the films and explored never-before-seen corners of the Alien universe.

This unprecedented collection will contain: Aliens (1988) 1-6, Aliens (1989) 1-4, Aliens: Earth War (1990) 1-4, Aliens: Genocide (1991) 1-4, Aliens: Hive (1992) 1-4, Aliens: Tribes (1992) 1, Aliens: Newt’s Tale (1992) 1-2, Alien 3 (1992) 1-3 and Aliens: Space Marines (1992) 1-12—plus material from Dark Horse Presents (1986) 24, 42-43, 56; Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special (1991) 1; and Dark Horse Insider (1989) 14-27. Check out the direct market exclusive cover by artist Mark A. Nelson below, and be on the lookout the all-new main cover by artist Greg Land and more news about future Alien collections and comic books coming your way!

Aliens Omnibus Volume 1

Dark Horse Announces Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat

Prolific Aliens writer Brian Wood, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Michael Atiyeh, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, and cover artist Tristan Jones are bringing the terror of the xenomorphs to the printed page once again with Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat.

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat delves into the formative years of the Colonial Marines. Tying into the events of the upcoming Cold Iron Studios video game, this new series introduces Olivia Shipp, leader of a squad of battle-weary Marines who have defied orders to rescue the survivors of a refinery under siege.

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat #1 (of eight) goes on sale September 18, 2019.

NYCC 2018: Amanda Ripley Leads the Resistance in Aliens: Resistance

Since 1979, Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien has spawned a cultural phenomenon and an enormous franchise that has branched out to sequels, spin-offs, merchandise, video games and, of course, comics. Following Brian Wood’s 2016 critically acclaimed miniseries Aliens: Defiance, Wood returns to pen the sequel story Aliens: Resistance.

Aliens: Resistance follows the events of the popular video game Aliens: Isolation which starred Ellen Ripley’s daughter Amanda Ripley fifteen years after the events of the original film as she fought for survival against the monstrous xenomorph aboard a remote space station while attempting to uncover the hidden secrets of her mother’s disappearance from the insidious Weyland-Yutani Corporation. Now, in Aliens: Resistance, Ripley is kept silent by Weyland-Yutani now that the xenomorph threat has been brought to light. But when Zula Hendricks, the Ex-Colonial Marine from Aliens: Defiance, arrives in need of Ripley’s help to expose a sinister bio-weapons program, the duo teams up to lead a resistance against an upgraded arsenal designed to keep the darkest atrocities secret!

With an intense script by Brian Wood, cinematic art by Robert Carey, dynamic colors by Dan Jackson, letters by Nate Piekos, covers by Roberto De La Torre, and featuring the return of Aliens: Defiance alum Tristan Jones on variant covers, Aliens: Resistance is the action-packed blockbuster comics series not to be missed!

Aliens: Resistance #1 (of four) goes on sale January 23, 2019.

Review: Aliens Dust to Dust #1

In time for Alien Day (April 26), Dark Horse Comics has released a new xenomorph featuring miniseries Aliens Dust to Dust #1. Unlike the recent films, Gabriel Hardman and Rain Beredo’s story has no philosophical pretensions, convoluted backstories, or characters acting dumb for the sake of the plot. Like pair of mad alchemists, they bottle the pure terror of Alien with the explosive action of Aliens and craft a tight thriller about a mother and her son, Maxon, evacuating a planet that has been terraformed by some representatives of Weyland-Yutani, and of course, everything has gone terribly wrong. In a similar vein to the 2014 survival horror video game Alien Isolation, it makes an argument that the true spirit of Alien has been kept alive through ancillary media rather than the big budget, “canonical” movies.

Hardman frames his story through the POV of a child linging on full body shots of xenomorphs and chestbursters and then cutting to the wide eyed terror of a young boy, who is trying to process his surroundings as everything he knows is in jeopardy. In his plotting and dialogue, Hardman trims the fat right to his story’s primal core: family, home, survival. These are things that many people take for granted, but they are the forefront of his two protagonists’ minds as Maxon wakes up from a fitful slumber to gun fire and a facehugger. Beredo bathes the panel in shadow, and Hardman uses blotchy inking and sloping downward panels to represent how Maxon’s simple life has been uprooted. Some of the expressions that Hardman picks for his young lead character seem ripped from the unconscious of kids watching Alien or any classic horror movie and being frightened by iconic monsters. for the first time. Except he can’t hide behind the couch or shut off the TV, this is his new normal.

The tenseness of Aliens: Dust to Dust extends from Hardman’s layouts and use of shadow in conjunction with Beredo’s colors to his dialogue. Maxon is plain freaked out while his mother seems perpetually out of breath, and every reassuring word that comes out of her mouth is as much for her as him. Hopped up on adrenaline, she can shoot and drive like a badass, but her actions and reactions seem human, much like Ripley’s seemed to viewers of Alien when it was first released and before she was the Ur-sci fi horror heroine. But by focusing so much on Maxon’s responses to the horror thriller that he has unfortunately become a part of, Gabriel Hardman makes it clear that Aliens: Dust to Dust  is his story, not his mother’s. And this is reinforced by some of the storytelling choices that he makes towards the end of the book culminating in a downright iconic cliffhanger.

One of the Alien franchise’s underlying themes is motherhood, and Alien Resurrection decided to beat viewers over the with that theme a few decades back. On the other hand, Gabriel Hardman’s Aliens Dust to Dust #1 uses the bond behind a mother and son to supercharge a suspense filled story and give it an emotional foundation like the relationship between John and Sarah Connor in Terminator 2. He doesn’t beat us over the head with extraneous facts about them, but uses touch, facial reactions, and pauses between quick spurts of dialogue to show that they’re in over their heads like any of us would be if H.R. Giger’s haunting designs made a rude entrance into our lives.

Story: Gabriel Hardman Art: Gabriel Hardman Colors: Rain Beredo
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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