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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.

Preview: Ghostbusters: Spectral Shenanigans, Vol. 1

Ghostbusters: Spectral Shenanigans, Vol. 1

Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening, Tristan Jones (a) • Dan Schoening (c)

Troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Ever seen a spook, specter, or ghost? If the answer is yes, call the professionals! Catch all the Ghostbusters action as the boys in gray travel NY and the whole country to fight against slimy specters and nocturnal nuisances everywhere. Collects issues #1-12 of the Ghostbusters, Volume 1 series.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 336 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-353-7

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.

Dark Horse and 343 Industries Explore the Origins of Atriox and the Banished

Dark Horse and 343 Industries are set to release a new anthology series based on Halo Wars 2. Halo Wars 2, 343 Industries’ real-time strategy video game, introduces a new ruthless villain, Atriox. This five-chapter anthology collects stories by acclaimed comics creators Cullen Bunn, Jody Houser, John Jackson Miller, Alex Irvine, Claire Roe, Josan Gonzalez, Jonathan Wayshak, and Tristan Jones.

The first issue of Halo: Rise of Atriox finds Atriox, who is still a member of the massive alien collective known as the Covenant, leading his Brute brethren into an all-out assault on a UNSC outpost. Leader and creator of the Banished, Atriox is a fearsome warrior who rose to power by his charismatic personality and talent for shrewd strategic planning honed during his time serving as a member of the Covenant. Cullen Bunn composes this first issue, Claire Roe provides her gorgeous artistic skills to the Halo universe, Jeremy Colwell makes the illustrations pop with his gritty colors, and topping it all off is a breathtaking cover by Aleksi Briclot.

The first issue of Halo: Rise of Atriox goes on sale August 2, 2017.

Preview: Penny Dreadful #2


Writer: Chris King
Artist: Jesús Hervás
Colorist: Jason Wordie
COVER A: Tristan Jones
COVER C: Nick Percival
COVER D: Louie De Martinis
FC • 32pp • $3.99 – On Sale May 3, 2017

Ethan Chandler finds himself unable to move on. As he searches desperately for meaning in a world without Vanessa, ancient words echo across the centuries, and he is called on once again to take up arms against the creatures crawling out of the night!

Review: Aliens: Defiance #6


When Zula and Davis’s plan to deny the Colonial Marines a xenomorph sample hits a snag, their only remaining course of action may be something they can never come back from.

Well, that was unexpected and slightly traitorous. Aliens: Defiance #6 and writer Brian Wood does a really solid job of showcasing Zula’s growing conflict as her decisions become more forced. Does she disobey orders, and make sure the Xenomorph specimen doesn’t get to Earth or does she follow her orders? We’ll find out in future issues!

Things get explosive as the story drives the art direction provided by Tristan Jones. That ups the excitement as the issue manages to have not one, not two but, three impressive explosions. And that’s in addition to the massive amount of firepower fired at any Xenomorph the characters find. I will admit the end of

The end of the issue is a nice surprise and makes me wonder how things continue as the story progresses from here.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Tristan Jones
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Aliens: Defiance #2


Colonial Marine Hendricks and the Weyland-Yutani synthetic Davis break protocol, navigating the Europa to a distant science station discovered in the once-derelict ship’s data records—a station that recently went dark. Following the trail of the alien species, they dive deeper into a conspiracy, uncovering just how much is riding on their choices.

Alien is always a perfect balance between horror, and science fiction, and this issue is no exception. Alien: Defiance #2 has our main characters delving deeper into their mission, as they continue to find damaged or abandoned space crafts. Well not fully abandoned of course, the Xenomorphs have taken over.

The cover is hauntingly creepy and reminds me of a survivor of alien invasion being trapped in a car. I will admit the great color difference between Hendricks, and the synthetic manages to amplify their differences in their characters.

Yet the comic manages to show despite their differences they have a shared sense of purpose.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Tristan Jones
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Rebels Vol. 1: A well Regulated Militia TPB


This is 1775. With the War for Independence playing out across the colonies, Seth and Mercy Abbott find their new marriage tested at every turn as the demands of the frontlines and the home front collide. Rebels details the epic story of the colonists who, in a few short, turbulent years, created the nation of America. Collects Rebels #1–#10.

Rebels is an exciting tapestry of fiction, and history. It’s a fictional story, steeped in reality and history. While it is clear there are some parts that are based on real, historical events like the Boston Massacre, it’s all told through a fictional character. For the most part, the mix of personal narratives and dialogue breathes a sense of realism. The way Brian Wood writes the Seth Abbot character seems to be a mix of history, fiction, and personal experience as someone who grow in the same location, but in a different era.

The artwork by Andrea Mutti, Matthew Woodson, Ariela Kristantina, and Tristan Jones is just as superb as the story. The cover portrays this sense of history in a eye catching yet simple style. Colors change as the story switches between plot, flashbacks, and action. Honestly, the attention the artists payed to be historically accurate (as they can be) is stunning.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Andrea Mutti, Matthew Woodson, Ariela Kristantina, Tristan Jones
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: A must have for fans of historical fiction

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Review: Aliens: Defiance #1


Colonial Marines aren’t trained for this…

Battling demons from her past while fighting for her life, Colonial Marine Private First Class Zula Hendricks, in the company of Weyland-Yutani synthetics, is forced to question her strength and loyalty when the discovery of an insidious alien species on a derelict hauler sends her on a dangerous journey across the stars.

In Aliens: Defiance #1, the Xenomorphs continue to haunt humanity. Of course for some crazy reason, some people want to use the Xenomorph as a weapon. To what ends fails to be seen, as a captain who was found on abandoned ship is revived.

The art by Tristan Jones is mix of light, and dark depending on the settings. While the after attack seems to dominate the light side of the art style, with illuminated  environments.  On contrast to this the abandoned ship is much darker. That aids in in creating an atmosphere of fear, as the reason the ship was abandoned is revealed.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Tristan Jones
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Aliens: Defiance #1

Aliens: Defiance #1

Brian Wood (W), Tristan “T-Rex” Jones (A), Mark A. Nelson (Variant)

On April 27, 2016, Dark Horse Comics is launching a riveting new ALIENS ongoing comic book series, just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aliens film. The two issues of ALIENS DEFIANCE will be written by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling writer Brian Wood (THE MASSIVE; REBELS), illustrated by rising star Tristan Jones (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD; TMNT) and colored by Dan Jackson (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) with bestselling artist Riccardo Burchielli (DMZ) illustrating issues three and four. Acclaimed cover artist Massimo Carnevale (Y THE LAST MAN) will provide stunning covers for the series’ first storyline.

ALIENS DEFIANCE charts the dangerous journey of Colonial Marine Private First Class Zula Hendricks, who goes AWOL to protect Earth from an unknown alien species that’s been discovered on on a derelict hauler. Accompanied by Weyland-Yutani synthetics, HENDRICKS must battle demons from her past while fighting for her life.

And remember: in space, no one can hear you scream . . .

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