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VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy
(W) Johnnie Christmas, William Gibson
(A) Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain
(CA) Johnnie Christmas
This is the official adaptation of the original screenplay for Alien 3, written by William Gibson, the award-winning science fiction author of the cyberpunk cult classic Neuromancer. You'll see familiar characters and places-but not all is the same in this horrifying Cold War thriller! After the deadly events of the film Aliens, the spaceship Sulaco carrying the sleeping bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop are intercepted by the Union of Progressive Peoples. What the U.P.P forces don't expect is another deadly passenger that is about to unleash chaos between two governmental titans intent on developing the ultimate cold war weapon of mass destruction. o Based on the original screenplay by Neuromancer's William Gibson! o Adaptation and art by Johnnie Christmas-co-creator of Margaret Atwood's Angel Catbird and creator of Image Comics' Firebug. o Featuring some of the most famous characters in the Alien film canon: Hicks, Bishop, Newt, and Ripley. 'He [Gibson] was able to take the franchise's existing elements of body horror and blow them out to unspeakably terrifying degrees. He put the aliens in new environments and warped forms. He built out the world of the series without over-explaining or hitting the Cold War metaphors too hard.'-Vulture
Date Available: 11/07/2018
This is a script I've wanted to SEE since I read it 15 years ago? 20 years ago?
I wanted to see someone different than Johnnie Christmas draw it though. The art is clean, but very very basic. Not basic like 'simplified', not basic like it is a stylistic choice, basic as in unchallenging, lacking, wan. Not the basic you want for an Alien book.
Dark Horse just had Gabriel Hardmann, James Stokoe, and Tristan Jones draw three recent Alien series. Their Alien books have been known for decades as visually diverse, but I can't remember one this bland to be the thing that sets it apart. Nelson, Jones, Keith, Mahnke, Beauvis, Plunkett...I really don't get it. This is a high profile book for them. It should look better. Period.
I give it 5 out of 10 Grahams