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Preview: Alien #5

Alien #5

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

ENTER THE ALPHA!
• The creature that almost killed Cruz is back to finish the job.
• Everything Cruz has dedicated his life to hangs in the balance.
• And with his son’s life on the line, terrible decisions must be made.

7 New comiXology Releases Features X-Men, Doctor Spectrum, Space Bastards, and More!

There’s seven new releases on comiXology from Marvel, Harlequin, and Humanoids. You can check out the individual releases below or start shopping now!

Doctor Spectrum: Full Spectrum

Written by Sam Barnes
Art by Travel Foreman, Greg Tocchini
Cover by Dale Keown
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Collects Spectrum #1-6.

Spinning out of SUPREME POWER, Samm Barnes and Travel Foreman bring to light the secret of Corporal Joe Ledger’s dark past, and the plans the crystal has for him!

Doctor Spectrum: Full Spectrum

Notre Guerre contre le sexisme ordinaire

Written by Helen Mullane, Charlie Rano, Kev Sherry
Art by Katia Vecchio
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Elles se battent pour l’égalité des sexes, mais jusqu’où sont-elles prêtes à aller ? 1 VOLUME PARU – HISTOIRES INDÉPENDANTES. À seize ans, Sélène est une féministe militante admirée de ses amis. Elle ne craint pas les petits caïds, ni même les professeurs, et n’hésite pas à leur tenir tête. Mais un jour la provocation va trop loin, et Sélène est humiliée publiquement. Désormais, la jeune fille n’a plus qu’une idée en tête : dénoncer les comportements sexistes, à la manière forte s’il le faut.

Notre Guerre contre le sexisme ordinaire

Pursued By The Rich Rancher

Written by Catherine Mann
Art by Junko Matsufuji
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Nina meets Alex at a camp that she participates in with her young son, and Alex makes her heart skip a beat when he asks her out on a romantic date. Having lived solely for her son after her ruthless husband’s death, Nina hesitates before she finally allows herself to enjoy life a little. However, Alex, whom she thought was an employee, is actually the owner of the camp and the son of a prestigious family. The world she lives in is too different from his. Not to mention, Alex has an inheritance problem of his own…

Pursued By The Rich Rancher

Space Bastards Vol. 6

Written by Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson
Art by Simon Bisley
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Acclaimed artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, HAPPY!) joins writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey to bring you the tale of the galaxy’s most dangerous employers: The IPS! ONGOING SERIES. In the future, unemployment and job dissatisfaction are sky-high. When you’ve got nothing left to lose, you join the Intergalactic Postal Service (IPS). Its postal fees are steep—and they go only to whomever ultimately fulfills the delivery, making every run a comically violent free-for-all between the most ruthless mercenaries in the cosmos! The interplanetary ensemble cast of Space Bastards, under the volatile leadership of Postmaster General Roy Sharpton, are constantly at each other’s throats trying to settle scores and earn big money. But when a rival corporation’s teleportation technology threatens to make their role in the galaxy obsolete, the Bastards must work together to preserve a job they’ve come to love.

Space Bastards Vol. 6

Wolverine/Punisher

Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Lee Weeks
Cover by Gary Frank
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Collects Wolverine/Punisher #1-5.

Marvel’s bad boys join forces for a gun-toting, claw-popping adventure not to be forgotten! Deep in the South American jungle there’s a place of legend – a final refuge where the nastiest of the nasty can disappear from the prying eyes of the world. Now, the vigilante known as the Punisher and the X-Man called Wolverine have stumbled upon this secret sanctuary, and the residents of “Erewhon” couldn’t be happier… or more prepared.

Wolverine/Punisher

X-Men: Dream’s End

Written by Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett, Robert Weinberg
Art by Tom Derenick, Salvador Larroca, Michael Ryan, Leinil Francis Yu
Cover by Ian Churchill
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Collects Uncanny X-Men (1963) #388-390, X-Men (1991) #108-110, Cable (1993) #87, Bishop: The Last X-Man (1999) #16.

The death of Colossus, reprinted here for the first time! For too long mutants were threatened by the twin specters of the Legacy Virus and anti-mutant politics. Now, the X-Men hope to end both threats, but at what cost to their oldest and dearest? Are there deaths from which even the X-Men can’t return? Featuring Mystique, Cable and the last issue of Bishop’s solo series!

X-Men: Dream's End

X-Men: Old Soldiers

Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Alan Davis
Cover by Alan Davis
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Collects New Mutants Annual #2-3, Uncanny X-Men Annual #11, Uncanny X-Men (1963) #213-215.

Celebrating Chris Claremont and Alan Davis’ UNCANNY X-MEN run, Marvel collects their earliest collaborations on Marvel’s merry mutants! In these classic stories — some reprinted here for the first time — the New Mutants take on Mojo and Spiral, then must contend with the alien antics of the Impossible Man; the X-Men face an enemy who can grant them their most secret desires; and Wolverine battles Sabretooth amid the infamous “Mutant Massacre”!

X-Men: Old Soldiers

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Exclusive Preview: Alien #4

Alien #4

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee (VCA) Ken Lashley
32 PGS./Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A BISHOP MAKES HIS MOVE.
• Will Gabe find his son? And if so…what will be left of him?
• The clock is ticking. The odds are long. The worst is coming.

Alien #4

Preview: Alien #3

Alien #3

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee
Parental Advisory
In Shops: May 26, 2021
SRP: $3.99

DANGER ON ALL SIDES!
• Epsilon Station is overrun with danger, not all of it from Xenomorphs!
• Cruz holds mission information back from his soldiers, but he’s not the only one with secrets.
• We are not who we say we are.

Alien #3

Review: Alien #2

Alien #2

The comics for the “Alien universe” is now at Marvel kicking off a new era for the classic film franchise. The debut issue set up what we can expect from this new era, a little new but a lot of what’s expected. Alien #2 builds upon that with some interesting underlying details that make for a solid second issue.

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, the second issue throws Gabriel Cruz into the thick of it. Gabe’s son has been pinned in the attack on the Epsilon Station and it’s not surprising that Gabe is being pulled back in by Weyland-Yutani due to that. The company has decided to blackmail Gabe to retrieve some of their science experiments from the station or the attack will be pinned on him. The result is a tense situation that evokes classic gathering of soldiers to take on the mysterious xenomorph.

Johnson does an excellent job at the build-up to this issue and through the issue. Gabe is presented as a rough father but the situation he’s placed in is one we can all understand. There’s a deeper motive to Gabe’s coming conflict beyond the usual “bug hunt”. This is a father attempting to protect the son with who he has an estranged relationship. There’s a deeper aspect to the comic this way and separates it from conflict just due to Weyland-Yutani’s business.

The blackmail adds a layer to the situation. There’s no way we should trust what was promised to Gabe and throughout the issue, I was looking to see if Gabe believes that as well. He’s presented as a veteran and smart in his actions, unlike his rather gung-ho companions, and he’s clearly thought out what he’s stepping into. It’s an interesting aspect seeing the veteran deal with “rookies”, a bit like Ripley in Aliens.

Johnson also understands some of the appeal of the films is the tension and suspense. He mixes the horror of the first film with that of the action of the second. There’s a progression in the issue as we await the reveal of xenomorphs. It’s something we know is coming, we just don’t know.

That tension is helped by Salvador Larroca‘s art. It’s nice and serves the second issue well. Joined by Guru-eFX on color and Clayton Cowles on lettering, there’s a nice aspect to the art and delivering the mix of action and tension you’d want. It’d be easy to go too far one way or another but there’s a balance her. There’s a sense of horror at the right moments and when the action really gets rolling Larroca’s art begins to really stand out.

Alien #2 is one that fans of the franchise will want to check out. It blends what works so well for the series taking the best of everything and mixing it together to expand the world and also celebrate it.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Alien #2

Alien #2

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Apr 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE RETURN TO EPSILON!
• Cruz has only one chance to save his son from the horrific fate he barely escaped.
• The clock toward total collapse is ticking.
• The aliens are loose.

Alien #2

Review: Alien #1

Alien #1

In Alien #1, we meet Gabriel. He’s been in space for a very long time and was once captured by a brutal and violent xenomorph breed. While there’s no idea of how he escaped, he’s haunted by his dreams full of xenomorphs and his companions meeting their painful demises. He heads back home to an adult son that wants nothing to do with them, other than stealing what information he can to prepare for an assault of Weyland-Yutani, the corporation that sent his father to space. It doesn’t work out for the son as he’s now trapped in a lab full of the same creatures that are haunting his father’s every sleeping moment.

I’m a big fan of Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s work on Last God so I was pulled into reading Marvel’s big launch of Alien. That said, the second Alien movie is the last time I liked the Xenomorphs so it’s not the easiest sell for me. Aside from Warren Ellis’ butcher job on the Stormwatch characters, I’ve probably never read another Aliens-themed comic.

The problem with that is that I’m not sure this is the book that’s going to get me to want to read more of this world. The character work on this first issue leaves me wanting a bit more. Gabriel and the various Bishop cyborgs have some personality but everyone else is written as if they are just pages away from an untimely demise. Maybe I’m hoping for more out of this property but I’m definitely wanting something more out of my reading experience. Overall, I think the story is okay. In fact, I’d say the opening scene of this helps establish what Gabriel’s ordeal is fairly well. Sadly, I’m hoping Jr. gets his in a most brutal fashion. The reader isn’t given much reason to like him.

To be truthful, I wish for less photo-realism here and do not like the art. Salvador Larroca’s photo-referenced art just doesn’t do it for me and makes Aliens look rather bland. I know it’s not really Larroca’s fault. He was on Star Wars for quite a while and there’s an expectation that the SW characters look a lot like what you see them as in the movies. People would want the Bishops to look like Lance Henriksen and he does illustrate with a good amount of detail on the aliens but his characters just look so stiff and weird. I recognize the skill to work on a book like this but it’s just not pleasurable to me.

Maybe what I want out of this is too much or maybe the Alien comics just aren’t for me. That said, this is a $4.99 comic book and I don’t feel like the cost is worth it. Alien #1 is a fairly average story with average art. The world won’t end if you don’t get it.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 6.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 5.5

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Review: Alien #1

Alien #1

I’ve been a fan of the Alien franchise since I saw the first film so many years ago. The series has morphed into so many different directions with each film and comic series taking on their own personality. Despite so many stories already created, there are also so many more concepts to explore and expand upon. Alien #1 marks the franchise’s debut at Marvel. The publisher has shown they’re able to both honor what has come before and expanded upon the past. They’ve done this with their Star Wars comics. This debut hints we’re going to get exactly that as well with this franchise too.

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Alien #1 takes place in the year 2200, 21 years after the events of Aliens. The story focuses on Gabriel Cruz who’s about to retire and attempt to reconnect with the family still living. While specifics aren’t given so far, it’s clear Cruz has seen some nightmares and suffered personal loss to the xenomorphs. While a lot of it is pretty standard stuff, Johnson teases a few things that will leave fans and readers wondering “what the hell is that!?”.

It’s a solid issue full of build up and leading to the moment we’re really looking for, the xenomorphs getting loose. How Johnson gets there is interesting diving a bit more into the world of Weyland-Yutani and the evil they represent as a corporation. It’s an unexpected direction and gives readers something different than the traditional “bug hunt” I was expecting. There’s a willingness to expand upon things even with this first issue signaling to readers that this isn’t just going to be a retread of concepts with new characters and a new location but it will also build upon the world.

The art by Salvador Larroca is good. The characters look pretty solid though there’s a few panels here and there where the facial expressions don’t really match what you’d expect. Bishop, played in the films by Lance Hendrickson, looks close to the actor and is recognizable. There’s also a nice futuristic feel to the world without it being distracting. The color by Guru-eFX also gives us a “dark” and “foreboding” color palette without the comic feeling down and morose. Clayton Cowles does a solid job of lettering as there are some scenes with a lot of dialogue that flow nicely. There’s some good thought put into the imagery and dialogue in how the two would flow. That’s really evident in a particular scene with Cruz talking to his son where the dialogue runs down the middle of the page adding an element in the discussion between the two.

Alien #1 is a solid start to Marvel’s era with the franchise. It delivers a story that’s familiar in ways but also charts a new course for the property. There’s a willingness to add a little depth here and there without completely going in a different direction. The debut is perfect for long-time fans of the property as well as those new and want a good sci-fi action story with a bit of horror thrown in.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Alien #1

Alien #1

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 24, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THE ICONIC CINEMATIC TERROR MAKES ITS MARVEL DEBUT!
Gabriel Cruz gave his life to Weyland-Yutani–In the case of an alien attack he barely survived, almost literally! Recently retired, Cruz is trying to patch things up with his abandoned son with the help of his friend, a Bishop-model android, but his re-entry into civilian life is not going smoothly…and his encounters with the deadly Xenomorph are far from over. Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Salvador Larroca team up to tell an all-new tale of the titan of horror and science fiction that has scared audiences for decades. No one is safe. No one is innocent. And no one can hear you scream.

Alien #1

A Cinematic Horror Makes its Marvel Debut. Watch the Alien #1 Trailer

ALIEN is coming! Marvel’s first venture into the iconic—and terrifying—world of the ALIEN franchise arrives next month. This exploration of never-before-seen corners of the Alien universe will entertain both longtime fans and newcomers to the legendary horror/science-fiction saga as writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, artist Salvador Larroca, and colorist GURU-eFX tell an all-new tale of the titan of horror and science fiction that has scared audiences for decades.

The new series will introduce readers to Gabriel Cruz who years ago almost literally gave his life to Weyland-Yutani when he barely survived an alien attack. Recently retired, Cruz is trying to patch things up with his abandoned son with the help of his friend, a Bishop-model android, but his re-entry into civilian life is not going smoothly…and his encounters with the deadly Xenomorph are far from over. No one is safe. No one is innocent. And no one can hear you scream. See the terrors in store in this all-new thrilling trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork from the highly anticipated issue.

Don’t miss this historic addition to the Alien legacy when ALIEN #1 arrives on March 24th featuring a cover by InHyuk Lee.

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